Summer parks programs may start in July

Board directs officials to prepare later starting date for annual children’s activities

WORKMEN RICH RABUCK AND MIKE KROEGER erected colored awnings over the pavilion at Freedom Park in Fredonia on Tuesday, getting the park ready for spring and summer activities. The village is likely to have its summer playground program but probably not until July, officials said last week. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press Staff

Although nothing is definite, the Village of Fredonia summer parks programs will likely start in early July to coordinate with the expected Northern Ozaukee School District summer school schedule.

Last week, the Fredonia Village Board considered canceling summer playground activities due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

But trustees balked, saying it’s time for things to begin getting back to normal.

“Children are the least affected, statistically, by the virus,” Trustee Joshua Haas said. “At some point we have to say, enough is enough.”

Other trustees agreed and directed Public Works Director Roger Strohm and Village Clerk Sandi Tretow to stay in contact with the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department and the school district. 

The Port Parks Department conducts a training program for playground workers that includes first aid and playground activity management.

The Port training program is currently on hold, awaiting further direction from the state on its Safer at Home policy that has shuttered many businesses and closed schools.

Fredonia’s summer playground schedule normally begins in June and concludes in July, following a hiatus around the Fourth of July holiday.

NOSD has announced that it will conduct a four-week summer school program beginning in early July.

Strohm said that if a playground program is held, it will coordinate with the summer school schedule.

“We’re probably looking in July to coordinate with summer school,” Strohm said.

In other park news, a group of children spoke to the Village Board last week asking that the village build a skateboard park.

Trustees were amenable to the suggestion and said the matter will be put on the next Parks Committee meeting.



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