City of Hartford - Public Parks and Open Spaces Notice Concerning COVID-19

UPDATE (March 24th, 2020) :  Effective immediately, all City of Hartford playground equipment is closed until further notice.

As the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) is confirmed in Washington County, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain current level of services. Park visitors may want to bring hand sanitizer with them as they go out to our parks, just to be safe.

While at the park, no group contact should be taking place at this time.  It is important to maintain social distancing of six feet from each other.  Please continue to follow the most updated information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Older adults, pregnant individuals, people with weakened immune systems, and people with underlying health conditions that are at increased risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to take extra precautions. By minimizing non-essential contact, we can slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

As you visit our parks and consider the options for enjoying our spaces participation in passive recreation activities are recommended.  In doing these types of activities you are avoiding interaction that bring together large groups of individuals.  Activities such as a walk or bike on our trails, fishing, flying a kite or walking your dog on the Rubicon River Trail are just some passive ideas to enjoy our park spaces.  You still need to be mindful of social distancing practices with passive recreation such as warning others of your presence on trails as you pass and keep proper distance from others.

Our park restrooms are closed at this time and do not open until May 1st so as you go out to our parks be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms or wash sinks.

Parks remain a vital resource to our communities at this time.  Enjoy our community parks!

Mike Hermann

Parks and Recreation Director

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Park Rentals

Reservations for city park shelters and picnic areas can be arranged with the Parks and Recreation Department beginning January 15th of the current year* and throughout the summer.
*If January 15th falls on a weekend, reservations will begin the following Monday.

Dog Park

City of Hartford offers a fenced-in area for your dog to run freely under an owner's strict control and supervision. The dog park is south of the softball diamonds within Independence Park.

Independence Park 
808 S. Wilson Avenue
Hartford, WI 53027

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