Planning & Parks

Park Reservations

Our department has recently switched to a new online reservation system for our park spaces. If you would like to make a reservation please visit Parks, Recreation & Culture.

Bid Postings

Learn about current bid and contract opportunities available to consultants, service providers, contractors, vendors, or suppliers.

"Electric Gates – Ozaukee County Park System"

The project consists of providing and installing security gates at multiple locations in the Ozaukee County Park System, including at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Virmond County Park and Tendick Nature Park (base bid) and at Tendick Nature Park, Waubedonia County Park, Hawthorne Hills County Park and Covered Bridge Park (alternates). Sealed bids for the project will be received by Ozaukee County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Monday, May 23, 2022.

“Hawthorne Hills County Park – Holding Tank System”

The project includes providing a new holding tank system for a new 1,230 square foot multipurpose parks maintenance facility. The holding tank system will include construction and installation of two (2) Lake Shore 6,000 gallon holding tanks with one manhole with vented cover per tank and associated building sewer, effluent, and sewage suction lines. Sealed bids for the project will be received by Ozaukee County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

View Bid Postings

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2022

Join us for a bird hike or participate in our bird observation event! More details are included on the fliers below.

Donations to Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve are appreciated.

Donate Here

Bird Hike Flyer, 5.4.22

Bird Day Observation Event Instructions 2022, 5.4.22

Download the Birding Field Observation Form

Invasive Species Removal Workdays Flyer, Draft 4, 5.5.22-page-001

Hiking Trail Reports

Visit the Wisconsin Trail Report website to see updated trail reports for some of our popular parks, as well as other trails across the state! This Trail Report is created through a collaborative effort between Travel Wisconsin and the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Wisconsin Trail Report

Gift Guides

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Virmond Park Stairway Donations

Donations for the Virmond County Park Staircase Construction Project can be made online by clicking the button below, or by mail. All donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to donate by check, please make the check payable to "Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department" with "Donation - Virmond County Park Stairway Project" in the note line.

Mail checks to:

Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department

Attn: Andrew Struck

121 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 994

Port Washington, WI 53704

Donors who give $100 or more may choose to have a brick engraved with a message of their choice as a permanent part of the path leading to the stairway. Visit our Donations & Gifts Page for more details!

(PayPal is returning an error message if paying with a credit card before logging into a PayPal Account. If you would like to pay directly with a credit card without using PayPal, please call the Planning and Parks Department at 262-284-8257)

Virmond Staircase Fundraising Banner, thermometer 15,000

Construction Update: Virmond Lake Access Staircase 

Construction on this unique public access stairway to Lake Michigan is approximately 50% complete. To date, this work was largely completed during the winter months. A phased construction schedule has been necessary due to grant funding timelines and suitable site conditions. Department staff, contractors, and other partners continually observed site conditions throughout 2021 for suitable, safe access to continue project activities. The remaining construction work resumed in January, 2022 under frozen conditions, with expected completion in summer 2022. Restoration activities will continue into spring and summer 2022 as site conditions and remaining grant match funding allows.

More information can be found here.

Construction Update: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve Building

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department (Department) is constructing a new pavilion building at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve. The building includes indoor bathrooms and an open-air picnic shelter designed by Kueny Architects, LLC and constructed by Mike Koenig Construction Co, Inc. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is the most visited park in the Ozaukee County Park System and until now, the park has been serviced by rental portable toilets, which have been inadequate due to increased park usage. This project is expected to greatly enhance the Park user experience.

Construction activities are scheduled to be significantly complete by Summer 2022. For additional project information, please contact the Department office at 262-238-8257. More info about the park can be found here.

Pavilion, March 2022

Progress on the Pavilion,

March 2022

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Construction Update: Covered Bridge Building

The Department and its consultant completed the design, engineering, and public bidding for a new multi-purpose building at Covered Bridge Park, which will include bathrooms, a picnic shelter, and a storage area for equipment and supplies. The new building, currently under construction by a private contractor, is located at the southwest corner of the Park near Covered Bridge Road and Cedar Creek Road. The building design and exterior colors have been selected to complement the architecture and colors of the historic Covered Bridge. Covered Bridge Park is a highly visited site in the Ozaukee Park system and routinely is the location for large groups and events, including weddings. This project will improve Park user experience and alleviate the need for staff to bring in equipment and supplies for Parks maintenance from offsite. Construction activities are scheduled to be complete by January 2022.

More information about the park can be found here.

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Construction Update: Hawthorne Hills Building

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department is constructing a multi-purpose building at Hawthorne Hills County Park, located at 4880 County Highway I in Saukville, WI. The project consists of constructing 2 levels of 3,388 square feet each for a total of 6,776 square feet and exterior covered area of 1,230 square feet multipurpose parks maintenance facility. The project includes indoor maintenance and equipment cleaning and storage areas, and office and meeting space. Public bathrooms and showers will be added in a subsequent phase. Construction activities are scheduled for Summer 2022.

More information about the park can be found here.

View the Building Plans

Multi-Purpose Building Rendering

Proposed amendment to the County-Owned Lands Zoning Ordinance/Map through addition of the “County Highway KK Property” and subsequent rezone to G-1. 

Public hearing scheduled during the Ozaukee County Natural Resources Committee meeting Thursday, December 2nd, 8:00AM in the Auditorium of the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main Street, Port Washington, WI 53074.

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.

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 health 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
  • Jon Stahl, Golf Course Superintendent - Email
  • Tom Sheppard, Parks Superintendent - Email
  • Angie Richter, Natural Resources Technician and Administrative Assistant - Email
  • Natalie Cotter, Senior Planner - Email
  • Kristina (Tina) Kroening, Conservation Biologist - Email
  • Ryan Miller, FP/Ecological Program Assistant II - Email
  • Brittany Whyte, Natural Resources and GIS Technician - Email
  • Evan Hewes, Golf Courses Pro Shop Supervisor - Email
  • Ryan Mueller, Park Caretaker Waubedonia - Email
  • Troy Curd, Park Caretaker Mee-Kwon - Email
  • Greg Klein, Park Caretaker Virmond - Email

The Department phone number is still active and being monitored for calls: 262-284-8257

With an increase in the 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 the 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

CDC Social Distancing

Mission


"To provide opportunities for Ozaukee County residents and visitors of Ozaukee County to appreciate and enjoy the natural and cultural resources, local ecology, recreational experiences, well planned sustainable growth and improved quality of life in Ozaukee County through the preservation, restoration and management of natural resources, increased awareness and education, stewardship, promotion of tourism, comprehensive planning, and the acquisition, development, enhancement and operation of large scale, intergovernmental recreational opportunities including exceptionally well-maintained golf courses, multi-use trails and parks."


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The Ozaukee County Fish Passage Program Accepts the Wisconsin DNR External Partner Award

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