Planning & Parks
Parking at Lion’s Den
Parking at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve will be limited to available parking locations and the park usage will be monitored by Parks Division staff to comply with usage and social distancing in the Park. The Department encourages users of Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve to avoid use during peak times and considering visiting other Parks in the County Park System: https://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/644/Parks-Recreation-Culture
Important COVID-19 Update:
At this time, all Ozaukee County Parks and facilities remain open. If you chose to visit one of the parks, please remember CDC guidelines.
HH Peters Youth Camp will be closed and will not be taking reservations for June. Updates will be provided as further information dictates.
Information about Department staff availability: To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities, a majority of Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department staff are transitioning to telecommuting and will not be available in person. This move is consistent with public heath guidance to limit exposure. Our staff who are able to work remotely will do so and will be able to respond to inquiries through email and Facebook. We are working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. Social distancing and preventing potential infections are key areas we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak.
To contact Department Staff please reference the following list:
- Andrew Struck, Director – Email
- Matt Aho, Program Manager - Email
- Natalie Cotter, Planning and GIS Specialist - Email
- Beth Wentzel, Civil Engineer - Water Resources - Email
- Kristina (Tina) Kroening - Conservation Biologist - Email
- Ryan Miller - FP/Ecological Program Assistant II - Email
- Evan Hewes - Golf Courses Pro Shop Supervisor - Email
- Cindy DeGroot - Administrative Manager – Email
- Dave Nowak - Parks Superintendent - Email
The Department phone number is still active and being monitored for calls: 262-284-8257
With an increase in prevalence of COVID-19 in and around Ozaukee County, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain current level of services. Park visitors may want to bring hand sanitizer with them as they go out to our parks, just to be safe. At this time we are not able to wipe down playground equipment, tables or other surfaces at the parks.
For more information on COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health page: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm
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Ozaukee County Parks Winter Sports Report
The last snow event stayed south of our area. We have packed snow on our sledding hills at Meekwon Park and Hawthorne Hills golf course leaving conditions hard and fast. The skating pond has pretty good ice we will have the warming house open at Meekwon Park from 12:00 - 4:00 Sat and Sun pm. The Cross Country ski courses at Meekwon golf course and Tendick Park are spotty with portions of them having exposed grass. Please stay off the greens and T’s at the Meekwon Golf course. This is the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks snow report for the weekend of February 29, 2020.