Parking rule aims to protect access to nature preserve

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Sauk Creek Nature Preserve is one of the gems in Port Washington for people who want to enjoy wildlife and the outdoors, and the Common Council last week took steps to ensure people have easy access to the area.

Aldermen agreed to limit parking on a portion of Barnich Road to make the entrance to the preserve easier to find.

“Barnich Road is the only accessible entrance to the Sauk Creek Nature Preserve that’s pedestrian friendly, at least in the area,” Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven told the council recently.

That’s especially true now that the city added sidewalks in the area during this summer’s street reconstruction project.

But, Vanden Noven said, residents have been parking three vehicles on a portion of the dead-end street, visually blocking the entrance to the park.

“These cars are, essentially, nearly permanent fixtures there,” he said.

The city is taking other steps to improve access to the nature preserve, Vanden Noven added.

The Parks and Recreation Department will connect the sidewalk to the existing path in the preserve, he said, and move the entrance sign closer to the road so it’s more prominent.

The city is also working with the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, which owns the preserve, on directional signs to be placed on Pierre Lane and Sauk Drive to help people find the preserve entrance.

Aldermen had no objections to the parking prohibition, although Ald. Dan Benning suggested the city notify neighbors of the change.

Mayor Ted Neitzke also suggested that the city paint that portion of the curb as an additional way to let motorists know they can’t park there.

The 27-acre Sauk Creek Nature Preserve, which can also be accessed off Moore Road and Grant Street, was the first of the Land Trust’s preserves, and is a popular stop for nature lovers.

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