Petrifying Springs Park in Kenosha expected to reopen February 27th

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KENOSHA — Petrifying Springs Park is expected to reopen on February 27th. The park and its amenities have been closed to the public due to unsafe conditions during the ash tree removal program.

The closure includes all of the park, golf course, bike trails, hiking trails, cross country ski trails, and the Carlisle Family Dog Park.

The Kenosha County Parks is in the process of having over 2,600 ash trees removed by a logging company as part of the comprehensive emerald ash borer program.  Although the harvesting and processing has been completed throughout Petrifying Springs Park, the contractor still is responsible to remove the piles of trees remaining throughout the parking lots. The contractor expects to be completed in time for the reopening on February 27th.

Brighton Dale Golf Course and Fox River Park are also closed as part of the emerald ash borer removal program.  Loggers will be working on the removal of ash trees within the golf course, disc golf course, sledding hill, picnic areas, roadsides, parking areas and walking paths at both Fox River Park and Brighton Dale Golf Course. The loggers are on a tight schedule to complete the removal of the ash trees and need to move and work uninterrupted in each park before the ground thaws.

Logging is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States and to insure that the public is not placed in an unsafe situation during the project, the park will remain closed until the loggers complete their work.

Each park will reopen as soon as the logger has finished the removal of the ash trees.

Openings and closings of each park will be updated on the Kenosha County Parks website http://www.kenoshacounty.org and the Kenosha County Dog Park Facebook page.

For more information, please contact the Kenosha County Parks at (262) 857-1869.