Members of the Kewaunee County Board Promotion & Recreation Committee toured the county’s park system Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at a variety of improvement projects being built by staff and volunteers.

“We appreciate all of the community support and help from local groups who are going the extra mile to improve the amenities of the parks in Kewaunee County,” said Supervisor Scott Jahnke, the committee chairman.

Open-air poultry shelter

This open-area poultry shelter at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds is among projects completed this summer by county staff and volunteers.

A list of the group’s itinerary, provided by the county in a news release, included:

+ The Magic Carpet conveyor belt being constructed on the snow tubing hill at Winter Park by the Winter Park Association, which will improve an old-fashioned tow rope system.

+ A new swing set at Red River Park that includes a generation swing, allowing mom, dad or any caregiver to swing with the child, as well as an adaptive swing for those with disabilities that is ADA compliant. This playground equipment was provided by the Dyckesville Lions Club. The group has also paid for the addition of a baseball infield to create more team practice space at tournaments.

+ Bruemmer Park & Zoo has gained some green space near the animals, perfect for picnics, as the Zoological Society works to upgrade exhibits.

+ The Kewaunee County Fairgrounds has a new open air poultry shelter for the fair, courtesy of the 4-H Poultry Project.

Parks Tour

The Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Committee reviews work at Bruemmer Park Zoo.

Community members have also assisted with improvements to portions of the Ahnapee State Trail in Algoma and have installed an updated visitor’s kiosk. And, anglers will soon have lighting in the parking lots at both Krohn’s Lake and West Alaska Lake funded by collected boat launch fees as well as Department of Natural Resources grants awarded to Kewaunee County.

“We’ve got a lot happening in Kewaunee County and as we attract more visitors, we need to create an environment that they routinely want to keep coming back to and we’ve seen that consistency at Bruemmer Park & Zoo, Red River Park and Winter Park,” said Dave Myers, director of the county Promotion & Recreation Department.