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Dane County Parks Seasonal Changes and Park Activities - Potential Park Closings

March 25, 2013
Darren Marsh, Parks Director 608-224-3766
Land & Water Resources

Potential Park Closings

With the warmer weather prediction for later this week, the Dane County Parks Director, Darren Marsh, is advising county park patrons that some county parks may be temporarily closed during the next several weeks. The warmer weather will start to bring out ground frost, making park lands and some facilities susceptible to damage due to the soft ground.  Vehicle traffic and pedestrian use in certain parks may cause considerable damage to roadways, turf areas and trail surfaces.

Over the next several weeks visitors may find some park gates and facilities closed.  Marsh requests that park patrons stay on surfaced pathways and roads. Marsh says “If we can reduce the damages at this time of year it, reduces our maintenance costs and allows us to provide betterservices through the rest of the year.” 

After a few spring rains and drying winds the ground will firm up and parks will be re-opened.  If patrons have questions regarding a closed park or facility, they should contact the Dane County Parks Office at (608-224-3730) or visit our website at http://www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/.    

 

Prescribed Burns

As soon as the snow begins to disappear Dane County Parks, along with many other conservation partners, will being conducting prescribed burns within parks and natural resource areas throughout the county. “Burning is a important management tool for restoring and preserving our grassland and woodland habitat,” stated Marsh.

 

According to Marsh, due to the late snow cover it is going to be difficult to predict and schedule specific days when these burns will occur.  Marsh added, “We’re going to need flexibility to burn when conditions are favorable. Some parks may be temporarily closed during a burn. This may cause an inconvenience for some patrons, especially at sites like Prairie Moraine County Park, the county’s largest dog park, and other sites that have a high number of daily visitors.  Badger Prairie County Park has another great dog park just a couple miles away.”

 

The County Parks burn program is supported by trained volunteers and managed by the Parks Naturalist, Wayne Pauly.  “We are always looking for volunteers with an interest in land management, especially those individuals who have wild land burn experience,” added Marsh.  If you’d like to learn more about the burn program, please contact Rhea Stangel-Maier, Volunteer Coordinator, at (608) 224-3601 or Stangel-Maier@countyofdane.com.

 

For more information on the County Parks, please visit www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/, call the 24/7 Information Line at 608-242-4576 or call the Parks Office at 608-224-3730.