Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry


Cross Country Skiing at Pleasant View Golf Course

We offer ski trails at Pleasant View Golf Course (4279 Pleasant View Road). We have partnered with the Central Cross Country Ski Association to groom trails for both skating and diagonal striding. Grooming for skating can be done with a minimal of 2 inches of snow, depending on the base established. Trails will be groomed Mondays and Fridays, weather permitting. Skiing will be allowed from 8:00am-8:00pm. For more information regarding trail conditions, please visit or

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Looking for fun things to do this winter?  Check out our February guide to find programs, then click on the RecDesk logo below to register. 
Fun Bins in Parks
Hockey on Strickers

Ice Rinks

Come outside and skate! Ice rinks are open at Penni Klein Park, check out our ice rinks page for information and to sign up for ice time.

All ponds are currently closed (updated 1/21/21).  We received this reminder from the Yahara Lakes Alliance last week; it applies to our ponds as well:

Caution: Although the lakes appear well frozen, the insulating snow on the lakes and mild temperatures make the ice unpredictable. In December, four incidents of people falling through the ice were reported. Consistently cold nights and days are required to really freeze and harden the ice. 

In all circumstances one should always proceed with caution on any lake [or pond] ice because there are many variables that impact ice hardness.

Rinks at Meadows and Parkside Parks will be opened later in the season.


Public Lands 

Playgrounds, ice rinks, and trails remain open.

Restrooms are available through the winter at Taylor Park and Lakeview Park. There is a port-a-potty along the trail at Orchid Heights Park. All other restrooms are closed 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 Dane County health orders.

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, limit outdoor group size to 50 or less. Wear a mask and limit group size to 10 if you are in a shelter space or if social distancing is not possible. 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.


2021 shelter reservations begin Nov 16

Face coverings must be worn in park shelters and their amenities. This includes wearing a mask to use the restrooms. You are not required to wear a mask on outdoor equipment such as playgrounds.  

Park Shelter Mask Requirement
take out the papers and the trash

 We encourage anyone out enjoying our public lands to help beautify parks or conservancy areas. Although we typically ask that users stay on the trails, if you are able to safely reach litter you can leave the trail to do so. We thank you in advance for helping us beautify the Good Neighbor City.

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To register for recreation programs, click the recdesk icon below. 
January Guide

Our January Guide is here! Look for information on the latest programs and ice rink information. Also check out our special event for Winter! 
Theatre Premiere Post

Click the image to view the playbill for The Roman Comedies - Mostellaria (A Haunted House), Trinummus (A Three Dollar Day) and Aulularia (A Pot of Gold). The cast and crew are so excited to share their productions with their friends, family and community!

 You can see the show on our YouTube channel under the playlist " Creative Drama Performances". Another way to view these videos is by copy and pasting this link below!

For more information on how we plan to run our programs as well as guidelines that we will follow, and expect participants to follow, click the image below. 
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