As school closes for the summer, Sheboygan Parks come alive as the place to enjoy nature, participate in active sports or enjoy a picnic. Sheboygan has 37 parks, including larger community parks and neighborhood parks. There are six parks with enclosed shelters that are available for rent. There are also 12 picnic shelters and two picnic areas that can also be reserved.
The City has rules in place to make sure that everyone can enjoy our City Parks. Pets are prohibited in all city parks and public grounds except in designated areas. There are three designated off-leash pet areas available: Lakeview Park Beach, South Side Dog Run (shared with the Town of Wilson), and City-owned property east of Lakeshore Road (County LS) north of the Pigeon River, within the Pigeon River Environmental Corridor. Unleashed pets are allowed at these locations provided that they are at all times under immediate control, such as by voice command of the owner or other person physically capable of restraining the pet.
Sheboygan also provides on-leash areas for pets provided they are restrained by a substantial leash or chain not exceeding eight feet in length, or a retractable leash not exceeding 15 feet in length. The on-leash pet areas are Lakeview Park, North Point Park, north of the northernmost jetty, North Point overlook, the City’s urban recreational trail which extends through and connects portions of Taylor Park, Kiwanis Park, Workers Water Street Park, Rotary Riverview Park, Deland Park Lakefront, North Point Park, North Point overlook, and Vollrath Park; city-owned Green Wing Drive retention ponds, the city-owned green space area adjacent to Fisherman’s Creek on the south side of Camelot Boulevard between 1211 and 1411 Camelot Boulevard.
Persons who bring pets to these designated areas are also responsible to clean up after the pet. Those who fail to clean up the pet’s feces shall be subject to a fine of $125. Persons who bring pets to undesignated parks are also subject to fines. The city has approved these rules to accommodate pet owners and also preserve many parks as pet free areas to accommodate other community members.
The Park Department is looking forward to some exciting improvements in the future. The Board of Marina, Parks, and Forestry has recommended the approval of a universal designed playground that was proposed by the Shaw Family and the Sheboygan Jaycees as an addition to Area #2 at Evergreen Park. This playground will be surrounded by a picketed fence with names of families and businesses that have donated to the project. The 1,700 square foot playground will allow children at all skill levels the ability to play together. This will be an exciting addition to Evergreen Park for the whole community.
Plans for a new Skate Park at Kiwanis Park are moving ahead toward 2017 construction. The 10,000 square foot concrete skate park was designed by Stantec with input from three community meetings and online surveys. The city is seeking to raise an additional $150,000 to meet the estimated $400,000 cost of construction. The fundraising effort was started with a $5,000 donation by EOS. This week the Zieve Family Foundation announced that they will pledge $5,000 to the Skate Park construction. There have been several other inquiries to help support the fundraising.
The Quarry Beach Water Sports Park, located at the Jaycee Park Quarry, will be opening June 18. The park is operated by a private business. They provide a rental room for family gatherings and birthday parties, kayak and stand-up board rentals, beach play, swimming and water sport park play.
Enjoy our beautiful parks and beaches this summer, and please do your part to help keep our parks safe and clean for the enjoyment of all users.