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Kewaunee's Winter Park a winter wonderland

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Kewaunee County Winter Park Recreation Facility is an ideal, economical venue for families who may be looking for a solution to "cabin fever", that mildly-depressive, housebound kind of feeling known to dampen the spirits of
many a Wisconsinite during our protracted winters. The nearby solution, however, can be found right in the neighborhood. Located only one mile outside of Kewaunee near Bruemmer Park, the Winter Park offers its visitors opportunities for downhill skiing, tubing, sledding, and snowboarding. The park has been operating for nearly two decades, said Matt Payette, Kewaunee County's Promotion and Recreation Director. While it has become a popular attraction for Kewaunee County winter fun-seekers, it has also attracted many out-of-the-county residents,
he said. "Last year, we had nearly 7,200 visitors and 70% of those were from outside of the county and it has grown in popularity overtime," he added. "Our target every year is generally to be open during that Christmas break so that the kids will be able to come out to the park...it is weather-dependent but as soon as we can be open, we open. We usually have to make snow." As far as snow accumulation goes, there is little to worry about, Payette added. Whatever Mother Nature may not be able to provide in terms of our yearly snowfall, the park itself is able to compensate by producing its own snow for both the kids as well as the kids-at-heart. Payette said that the park offers a tubing hill with a hands-free lift as well as a ski hill that also offers a hands-free lift. There are two neighboring facilities--the chalet and the rental building. The chalet sells tickets and concessions while the other building rents a variety of winter sports equipment, including skis, tubes, boots, and snowboards. "We will, through our partnership with the hard workers of Winter Park Association, also offer free skiing lessons this season with a
snowboard or ski rental," Payette said. "Tickets for the tubing hill are $6 per person, or $22 for a family of five, and that includes a lift ticket as well as tube rental for two hours...we can offer up to 110 tubes
for every two hours...tickets are $10 per person for an all-day downhill skiing adventure and snowboarding which includes the lift...rental of skis or snowboards are an additional $10." After all, there is a nearby remedy for the "winter blues", and Kewaunee County's Winter Park may be just what the doctor ordered to fight off the winter blues. Just remember to bundle up and dress warm!
Kewaunee County Winter Park Recreation Facility is located on Ransom Moore Lane near Bruemmer Park. On February 15, the first annual SnowBox Derby will be held at Winter Park. The requirements for the competition are that all sleds must be made from cardboard, duct tape, paint, and accommodate two riders. For more information about Kewaunee County's Winter Park, check out www.kewauneeco.org and just click on "recreation". For information about the Winter Park Association, contact Barry Nelson at 388-3738.

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