COVID-19 Update

 

W&K Day 2020 Canceled

To the Citizens of Waterloo,

We have been in the process of organizing this year’s Wiener & Kraut Day. We have had many conversations with individuals and business owners alike. During last night’s Parks Commission Meeting, the board voted 3-0 to cancel the upcoming Wiener & Kraut Day event. As tough as this decision is/was for all of us, the safety and health of Waterloo Citizens is our first goal. We are all Waterloo Citizens and understand what Wiener & Kraut Day means for Waterloo and how it defines us as a City. I know, this decision did not come lightly to any of us and for those that have been here most of their lives.

The Commission’s decision is based on the uncertainty of today’s Novel Coronavirus world. It comes with the inability to be able to keep everyone safe and follow the proper procedures set forth by Jefferson County Health Department and CDC. It comes with more vendors opting out because of the situation we are in. It comes with the uncertainty of the world around us.

We know there will be questions: Why is it okay for you to have softball tournaments, but not W&K Day? Why can you have outdoor concerts and not W&K Day? How can you still have weddings? These are all legitimate questions, and the answer is simply the number of people to control and the necessary steps we need to take to make sure we are doing what we need to do to keep our citizens, our staff and our guests safe. We can control those environments of 100-500 individuals. We cannot make it possible to control this environment and the guidelines needed to make W&K Day a safe and healthy event.

This will also give us time, much needed time to plan and move forward for next year. Wiener & Kraut Day will go through a rebranding of sorts. It has needed some change as it is not the same event it was 60 years ago. Much needed change has been happening in this community and progressing forward, maybe this is what W&K Day needed as well.

We will still be moving forward with our outdoor concerts and most likely will add an additional concert in September. Again, we can do this as with these much smaller events, we can keep with certain guidelines and ensure the safety of our citizens and patrons.

2020 has been a tough year for all of us. We hope you stay safe and healthy throughout the year and hope to see you soon at an event. We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely yours,

Gabe Haberkorn

City of Waterloo Parks Coordinator

 

 

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.

 

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 How can you help with the Waterloo Parks Department or at Firemen's Park? 

Call the Waterloo Parks office and they have many projects that need volunteer help or how to donate to the Waterloo Parks Department or a specific park itself.

City of Waterloo
Parks Department
136 N. Monroe Street
Waterloo, WI  53594
(920) 478-3025
parks@waterloowi.us