Port park to become a campground for a night

More than 100 people expected to participate in new city event on north bluff
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Don’t be surprised to see tents popping up in Port Washington’s Upper Lake Park Friday night.

While the park is traditionally closed to camping, more than 100 people are expected to sleep under the stars in the park Friday during the inaugural Great Port Washington Campout.

The event, which is being sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, runs from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Recreation Director Kiley Schulte said the idea was based on a program she ran in the Village of Elm Grove.

“It was the most charming, wonderful park and rec event,” Schulte said. “I’m so excited about this. It brings the essence of community and parks and rec together. It’s outside and it’s in one of our most beautiful parks.

“What can be better?”

The camp out is intended for families,  and it incorporates a wide range of activities, many of them traditional offerings at camps, Schulte said.

They include knot tying, s’mores and stories around a color-changing bonfire, a flashlight hike and stargazing with the Northern Cross Science Foundation.

“Saturn is supposed to be visible,” Schulte said. “It’s a really cool thing.”

In addition, there will be tie dying, a scavenger hunt, a morning walk and sunrise yoga on the bluff. Giant Jenga, Kerplunk and Twister will also be played.

Lights out will be at 11 p.m. Friday, with coffee served at 7 a.m. and breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

The Kiwanis Club will have food for purchase for dinner Friday. Campers are asked not to bring foods that require grilling.

Two areas north of Possibility Playground have been set aside for the event, with about 30 campsites total, Schulte said.

Everyone attending must bring their own tent to sleep in, she said, noting RVs and campers are not allowed.

The restrooms in the park will be open for campers. 

Although registration closed Wednesday, Schulte said there will be a few sites available for last-minute campers. But the fee will double for them, to $10 for city residents and $16 for nonresidents.

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