KEWAUNEE – Tube sliding enthusiasts will have the first chance to climb the hill and hit the magic carpet this season at Winter Park, which opens next week for the winter break.
The tube sliding track should be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, December 28 to 30, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 2. 8 and run on Saturdays and Sundays as long as the weather and snow conditions allow.
The hill is ready to open despite a hot December with limited snowfall as the Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department has been running its snow machine to establish a base.
“Fortunately, we had a solid base on our snow tubing hill before a slight melt in mid-December with temperatures in the 1950s,” Promotions & Recreation manager Dave Myers said in a press release. “There’s always at least one curved ball from Mother Nature, but we have dedicated staff working around the clock, including nights and weekends, to get the park ready.”
Additionally, the Winter Park Association, which operates the park in conjunction with the county, will host two special evenings for skiers and snowboarders from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 5 and 12.
The Dana Farm rink is slated to open its season in January, depending on the weather, which debuted last winter and drew hundreds of skaters to the area in its first season, said Jennifer Gonzalez, tourism coordinator. of Kewaunee County.
When it opens, the lighted outdoor rink will be free to use, but skaters must bring their own skates. They will be able to use a park shelter built last year with public toilets that can be used year-round, including those playing on the 27-hole disc golf course that winds around Winter Park during the warmer months. hot.
Also on the property near the ice rink is the historic Ransom Asa Moore Hut, named after the man believed to be the father of the Wisconsin 4-H program and who was one of the founders of the University’s agronomy department. of Wisconsin-Madison. The ice rink and its amenities were built and the cabin restored at an estimated cost of $ 100,000, funded primarily through a donation from Kewaunee County Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, the organization that hosted the nationwide farming event. the State in 2017.
“The Dana Farm Ice Rink is a free facility. Visitors just need to bring their own skates, ”said Gonzalez. “And, if the rink continues to be popular, the Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department may create a second rink on the property.
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If the past three seasons are any indication, Winter Park will once again be a popular attraction for county winter recreation enthusiasts and tourists this winter. The tube, ski and snowboard hill attracted 12,302 visitors in 2020-21, even with some COVID-19 restrictions on hours and capacity in place, after attendance figures of 13,623 during the 2019 season -2020 and a record 13,674 in 2018-19.
“Word is definitely spread about Winter Park, and we’re always welcoming new faces,” Myers said. “It’s great to hear that those who live in the area bring family and friends to visit.”
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The winter park will be open to the public for special tube sliding hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from December 28 to 30 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 2. Hours during the regular season, starting Jan. 8, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for tubing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for skiing and snowboarding.
Cost is $ 10 for two hours of tube sliding, including the use of a provided tube for those who are 42 inches or more and can climb the treadmill on their own. The cost of a daily ski and snowboard pass is $ 17 for ages 7 and up, $ 10 for ages 6 and under. Skiing and snowboarding equipment are available on site at an additional cost.
Skating hours at the Dana Farm rink will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily when the air temperature is below 32 degrees, once the outdoor rink is ready to open and as conditions permit. There is no charge for skating. Skating will be unattended, therefore skaters will use the rink at their own risk.
To check conditions at Winter Park or the rink, call the Kewaunee County 24/7 Promotions and Recreation Hotline at 920-388-7199. For more information, visit kewauneeco.org and click on “Promotions & Leisure” under the “Departments” tab.
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