Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry


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All recreation programs are cancelled through April 24, 2020.

Public Lands 

Playgrounds, the skate park, pickleball courts, and tennis courts are closed in accordance with the Governor and Department of Health Services' Safer at Home Order.

Restrooms and portable toilets are not available in our parks at this time. 

You are welcome to continue to enjoy trails and park spaces, including the dog parks. Outdoor recreation in the form of walking, biking, hiking, and running can provide valuable physical and mental health benefits. Basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, football, and other contact and team sports are expressly prohibited in the Safer at Home Order.

When using park trails and spaces, please continue to take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19. Maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and any other people and limit group size to 10 or less. If you do not feel well or someone in your house is sick, please stay home. At the dog park, wear gloves or put a bag over your hand to open and close the gate.


Prescribed burn announcements

The Department will be conducting prescribed burns this spring.  Notice of burns will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

We strongly encourage you to  make sure that your children and/or pets remain on your property throughout the prescribed burning activities. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Lands main line at (608) 821-8360.

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The Quarry Skate Park is closed until April 24, 2020.

The project to replace the Middleton Hills boardwalk has begun.  It is expected to be complete by the spring. The boardwalk configuration will remain the same as current.


Congratulations to Matt Amundson and Rebecca Price for receiving Professional of the Year awards from the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association (WPRA). Matt received his award for Parks Professional of the Year and Rebecca was named Recreation Professional of the Year. Candidates for this award are nominated by their peers and voted on by statewide WPRA members.

Click on the guide to begin your summer recreation planning! The first day of summer program enrollment is Monday, April 13.

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To register for recreation programs, click the recdesk icon below. All summer registrations must be completed online until our in-person office hours resume in May. 

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