COVID-19 Update

JULY 4th Cancellation

 

To the Citizens of Waterloo,

I have been agonizing over the decision for the past few weeks to either keep on with our celebration for July 4th or to cancel. I want everyone to know, the decision did not come lightly. Growing up in Waterloo, I know how important this day is to not only the birth of our Nation, but important to all Waterloo citizens past and present. Since 1905, Waterloo Firemen's Park has been home to a July 4th Celebration, but we cannot ethically and morally go on with the celebration this year.

I have struggled with this decision and I want to share my thoughts with all of you:

As the only celebration around, I do believe that we will have one of our largest celebrations to date and with that the possibility of a large payout in the end for the Parks Department. I could not live with myself, the possibility of bringing thousands of individuals into our city that could possibly make hundreds sick. I could not do that to my fellow citizens, neighbors and family. We do not have the funding nor the capabilities to ensure that each person who entered the park or festivities to be "Covid" clear. I would not be able to live with myself or look someone in the eye if they were to get sick from this event.

We have been looking at other possibilities such as closing down Firemen's Park for the day and having an "aerial show" (show above 300"-600") for the citizens of Waterloo at night, but the lack of funding without recouping these funds just does not make that possible. Some have said to go out and get donations, but at this time we do not want to put any more financial burden on business or families in or around Waterloo.


This is something we can discuss and debate for many hours. We ask anyone wanting to discuss this to call the City of Waterloo Parks Department.  We have made a decision and we will still continue to move forward.  It was done with heavy hearts and saddens all of us.

We will be moving the fireworks to the Saturday of Wiener & Kraut weekend. We will be looking into filling other events for W&K weekend from July 4th as well.

We will still be moving forward with our June 18th outdoor concert. We are able to do this as with this smaller event, we can keep with certain guidelines and ensure the safety of our patrons. This is not a double standard, but an issue of "amount of attendees" to control.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding with this cancellation. Who hope to see all of you soon.


Gabe Haberkorn
City of Waterloo Parks Coordinator

SUMMER CONCERT NIGHTS RETURN!!

 

Look for uates soon to this years Summer Concert Tour with dates and what bands will be playing at the historic Roundhouse Stage in 2020!

 

City of Waterloo Forestry

Our DPW & Parks cares for over 10,000 trees on our city streets and our park properties.  They prune trees to maintain healthy structure, remove trees that are dying or diseased, and plant new trees for future generations to enjoy.

If you have a concern about a tree in the street right of way (between the street and the sidewalk) or in a City park or City owned property, please contact us at 920-478-3025 or email at parks@waterloowi.us.

If a tree is marked with an orange X, the tree is scheduled for removal.  If a tree is marked with a green X, the tree has been noted by the Forestry Department as having been infected with the Emerald Ash Borer, and is scheduled for removal.  

Emerald Ash Borer in Firemen's Park

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in Firemen's Park and has sadly infected over 50 Ash Trees in Firemen's Park. EAB only affects the Ash Family of trees and only those infected and dying will be removed.  All trees have been thoroughly inspected to ensure the removal of a healthy tree does not occur. The Waterloo Parks Department does not believe in the removal of healthy trees and does not condone any such act.

For more information on EAB, please check out the following website:  http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

As we remove trees, new trees will be planted over the next few years to replace the trees lost to the EAB.

Silent Auction, Sale of Tree Logs

The City of Waterloo - Parks Department will be conducting silent auctions for the sale of trees logs.  These are logs from trees which have been removed from our City parks or streets.

If you would like to be on a contact list for information on the next wood auction, please call our Parks Dept at 920-478-3025, or email your contact information to parks@waterloowi.us

 

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City Parks and School Facilities

Firemen's Park – 500 Park Avenue

Classification: Community Park     Park Map
Size: 60 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Central stadium style adult and youth baseball field, youth baseball and softball fields, connections to Maunesha River, bike path, disc golf, playground, private pavilions,storage buildings, restroom buildings, concession buildings,basketball courts, natural playgrounds, Historic Carousel, natural parking, oak lawns, yard waste refuse storage, water fountains and walking trails.

Waterloo Regional Trailhead – 760 McKay Way
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size: 2.5 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities:Twenty seven car and two Handicap parking and connections to Garman Preserve. Warming Room, Wi-Fi, men’s and women’s bathrooms, covered deck.
Upgrades:Playground Area

Morrison Field – 127 Minnetonka Way
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size: 4.1 acres
Parking: On-street/off-street
Amenities: Soccer fields with goals, on-street parking and small parking lot, memorial sign, lawn seating, porta-potty and open lawn park space.
Upgrades:Football goal posts added, paved parking lot, concession stand, bathrooms, shelter, playground and bike/walking trail connecting Hwy 19 to Morrison field up to Minnetonka Way and the Indian Hills Nature Area.

Veteran’s Memorial Park – 113 E. Madison Street
Classification: Special Use Park     Park Map
Size: 0.25 acre
Parking: On-street
Amenities: Central downtown gathering space with covered performance stage, refurbished Maunesha Business Center, war memorial, limestone clad seat wall, water fountain and ornamental plantings.

Youker Park–291 Mills Street
Classification:Nature/Conservation Area     Park Map
Size: 5 acres
Parking: On-street/off-street
Amenities:Memorial stones, eight car parking, bike path, Maunesha River access, Mill Pond native planting restoration, and mown native trails.
Upgrades:Disc Golf and Dog Park

DeYoung Farms – 500 McKay Way
Classification:Nature/Conservation Area     Park Map
Size: 5 acres
Parking: On-street/off-street
Amenities:Memorial stones, bike & walking path, native planting restoration, and mown native trails.

St. John Lutheran School – 413 E. Madison Street (PRIVATE PROPERTY)
Classification: School Park
Size: 2 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Asphalt surface games, play structures, backstops and large mowed recreation field.  This area is private property.  Site access only with permission.

Holy Family School& Parish – 205 Milwaukee Avenue (PRIVATE PROPERTY)
Classification: School Park
Size: 2 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Asphalt surface games, play structures, backstops and large mowed recreation field. This area is private property.  Site access only with permission.

Waterloo Public School – 865 N. Monroe Street
Classification: School Park
Size: 10 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Structured football stadium with track, lighted tennis courts, baseball field, exercise/fitness course, open lawn practice fields and large play structures.

Future City Parks

Indian Hills Nature Area - 127 Minnetonka Way

Classification: Nature/Conservation Area     Park Map
Size: 11.1 acres
Parking: On-street
Amenities: Slightly restored native wooded area with limited bark walking paths

South Side Park – 905 Julia Way
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size: 2.5 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities:Twenty car and two Handicap parking,picnic shelter, bathrooms, baseball/softball field, basketball court, walking & biking trail, playground and Skate Park.

Riverside Park – 203 E. Madison Street
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size:1 acre
Parking: Off-street
Amenities:Seven car and connections to downtown Waterloo and Youker Park, river walk and picnic area.

Naming Rights TBA – 720 W. Madison Street
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size:2 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities:Twenty car parking lot with two disability parking stalls, river walk, sand volleyball court, kayak launch, playground area, restrooms with changing rooms, basketball court/ice skate area, splash pad & sheltered picnic area.

Public Power Park & Maunesha River Greenway – S. Monroe Street Deadend
Classification: Neighborhood Park     Park Map
Size: 2.5 acres
Parking: On-street
Amenities:The area already holds a stamped asphalt river walk with benches, ornamental lighting and accent plantings. The area is frequently flooded and has shown wear over the years but is maintained by the public works department. A recent grant awarded to the city for flood mitigation in the South Monroe Street area could be used for improving and expanding the Maunesha River walk. Men’s and women’s Restrooms, playground area, picnic shelter area and river walk would be the future link to wrap around the entire dead end of Monroe Street along with educational signage on electricity and usage.

Waterloo Area Parks and Recreational Areas

Garman Nature Preserve
Classification: County Park     Park Map
Size: 80 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Wooded area with invasive species, groomed mulch walking paths, entry sign, interpretive signage, Indian mounds and eight space paved parking lot, restrooms and covered picnic area with tables.

Holzhueter Farm Conservation Park
Classification:State Park     Park Map
Size: 175 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Wooded area with invasive species, groomed mulch walking paths, entry sign, interpretive signage, and bike paths.

Waterloo Wildlife Area
Classification:County Park     Park Map
Size: 4000 acres
Parking: Off-street
Amenities: Diverse range of habitat types. These habitat types include open water marsh, sedge meadow, fens (including Holzhueter State Park) lowland and upland hardwoods, some native prairie and extensive Shrub Carr

The Garman Nature Preserve is a county park located on Fox Lane. The site covers 40 acres of wooded landscape, containing groomed mulch walking paths, interpretive signage, restored Indian Mounds, and an eight car paved parking lot. Recently, a connection to the Waterloo Regional Trailhead was completed, so you can explore beyond the Trailhead. Even more nature trails are planned for the park so you'll be able to explore everything the Nature Preserve has to offer.