Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Closures Press Release.
From Governor Tony Evers "Safer at Home" order, 11.C.:
𝑇𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦, 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑠, 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑆𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑅𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑤. 𝑆𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑒, 𝑏𝑦 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑤𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑏𝑖𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔, ℎ𝑖𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑜𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑦 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑘𝑒𝑡𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑙, 𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑏𝑒𝑒, 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑟, 𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑡𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑙, 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑑𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑆𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑅𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠. 𝑃𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑.
What does this mean for City of Green Bay Parks?
The playgrounds, park shelters, Wildlife Sanctuary (with the exception of the trails), Whitney Dog Park and Joannes Sk8 Park are closed until April 24, 2020 or until further notice.
For the time being, City of Green Bay parks will continue to be open as they have been, with the exception of public buildings, playgrounds, etc. Observations by park staff show that the CDC social distancing guidelines can be achieved in our parks while allowing our residents to focus on their mental and physical health as needed.
Park staff members are working closely with city officials and will continue to monitor the situation. Changes will be made if necessary. In addition, the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department will always abide by any new or updated CDC requirements and Governor Orders. Please check our website and social media for updates.
The City of Green Bay Parks Department takes the safety of our public’s health very seriously and we are working diligently to provide our citizens with guidance and a plan moving forward for use of our facilities and programs while adhering to best practices outlined by WEDC, DHS, and the CDC to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the county.
The public is allowed to continue to utilize our trails and open spaces as you have been throughout the past few months.
Park facilities, restrooms, playgrounds, park shelters, Bay Beach Amusement Park and the Wildlife Sanctuary continue to be closed. In the near future we will release a phased approach plan for re-opening our park facilities.
Thank you for your patience and we work together to ensure the safety of our public in Green Bay moving forward.
Please refer to the City of Green Bay Parks Department website and Facebook for further updates as they become available.
Digital Services During COVID-19
The Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry provides essential services to the City of Green Bay, even during times of crisis or increased public health and safety precautions within our area. This web page is designed in an effort to provide the same essential services during the COVID-19 situation, while limiting the amount of person-to-person contact. This is for the safety and well-being of both the community and City employees. PRF would encourage for people to sign up for summer classes, leagues and facility reservations utilizing the links below.
While City Hall is currently closed, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry remains available by phone and email using the following contact information:
Monday - Friday
|Monday - Friday|
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
|Monday - Friday|
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
PRF asks that if you do not get through on your first call, please leave a voice message on our answering service with your name, address, and contact phone number. We will return calls in the order they are received.
Additionally, you may make Requests for Services online.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary buildings, animals exhibits and programs are currently closed to the public. The trails will remain open.
- Reservations, including the Wildlife Sanctuary facilities, can be completed online. You may also call (920) 391-3671 to pay over the phone for your reservations or to speak to staff with questions or concerns.
- The Wildlife Sanctuary is currently unable to accept injured or orphaned animals; however, if you have an injured animal, please call (920) 391-3685 to speak with our Animal Care Staff members.
- Trails are currently open; however, no restroom or building access is available at this time.
Park and Forestry Services
Parks Maintenance Staff will continue to monitor the Park Facilities to include the City Deck, Parks, Trails, etc. Our Forestry Division will continue to perform tree services as much as possible. If you need to report an issue or request a particular service during this time please go to the City of Green Bay request for service link and we will respond as soon as possible.
To report a park or forestry, please make a Request for Service online.
Urgent needs can also be reported to our office Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm by calling (920) 448-3365.
Bay Beach Amusement Park
As we are following the Governor’s Safer at Home Order, the opening of Bay Beach Amusement Park will be delayed. Because the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority we will continue to closely monitor conditions and listen to guidance from state health officials, government agencies and our local health experts.
In preparation for opening, we continue to research and implement preventive measures as recommended by state and federal agencies that will enhance our existing high standards of cleanliness through additional rigorous cleaning procedures.
Bay Beach Amusement Park is an important part of the Green Bay community. Our wonderful staff are anxious to get back to work to help provide your families with memories that will last for years to come. We have high hopes that we will soon see your smiling faces enjoying all that Bay Beach has to offer.
Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to navigate this unprecedented situation. Please stay healthy and happy – We’ll see you soon!
If you have correspondence or documents to be dropped off for Parks, Recreation & Forestry, please place it in the Drop Box labeled “Park Recreation and Forestry” located behind City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson Street.