Park History

Special Gift & Beginning
Ozaukee County’s "Tendick Nature Park" is a special gift that is becoming a memorable part of our lives for generations to come.

Donald Tendick, thus naming the park, donated 142 acres of woods and farmland to the County in March of 1999. Mr. Tendick passed away on May 11, 2000. Through continued work with his family and the community, his wish that this land become a park for all to enjoy is coming true.
Park Shelter Dedication
Tendick family got together along with park commission members to dedicate the new Tendick Park Shelter August 13, 2005. Rosemary Tendick cut the ribbon. View more pictures of the family and park shelter dedication. 
Rosemary Tendick Cutting Ribbon at Tendick Park Shelter Dedication
Stewardship Grant
Trace Tendick, Grandson of Donald Tendick, accepts a Wisconsin Stewardship Grant from Governor Jim Doyle for $100,000. The grant funds will help pay for Phase III of Tendick Park. View more pictures from the Stewardship Grant Presentation. 
Trace Tendick Accepts Wisconsin Stewardship Grant
Amenities & Recreation Features
The canoe launch on the Milwaukee River, archery range, restrooms and shelter were completed in 2005. Disc golf, tee pads, greens and pins were established in 2006. A pagoda, a 1/4 mile long boardwalk through wetlands, and a paved walkway around the pond were added in 2007. All of the remaining Phase III development work was completed in 2008.

Recreational features currently available at Tendick Nature Park include:
  • Archery Target Area
  • Disc Golf course
  • Forestry Planting
  • Grills
  • Multi-use Trails
  • Nature Study Area & Trails
  • Off Road Parking Areas
  • Other Park Equipment
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pond Skating
  • Park Service Area
  • River Canoe Access Area
  • Winter Coasting Area
Currently many people are using this park for nature walks, disc golf and weddings. Park reservations must be made for use of the shelter building. Several local high schools also use the park grounds for their cross country meets.

Tendick Park is not far from Hawthorne Hills County Golf Course and Pioneer Village, making its location ideal for all kinds of activity. For questions regarding the park contact the Planning and Parks Department.