Kenosha Parks with Jim Kreuser

Kenosha Parks with Jim Kreuser

Jim Kreuser has been Kenosha County executive since 2008. He will be blogging regularly about county government issues and events. You can contact him at 262-653-2600 or at

Giving an Ovation to Kenosha County’s hard working employees

I’m going on tour in 2020.

No, I’m not joining a rock band. Throughout the year, I’ll be making it a point to travel out to our various Kenosha County government facilities, to meet with many of our employees and share with them a symbol of our county’s success.

In late 2019, Kenosha County was fortunate to be a recipient of the Forward Award, presented as part of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance’s annual Ovation Awards program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The award recognizes the investments we’ve made – in money, creativity and sweat equity – to move Kenosha County forward.

There are many things that make our county a great place to live, work and raise a family. But in county government specifically, it’s the people who work for us who make the difference.

That’s why I’m taking the Ovation Award trophy on the road, so that our county employees can celebrate in the success that they’ve made possible.

Around the office, we’ve called it the Stanley Cup Plan – an homage to the National Hockey League’s championship trophy, which the winning team takes on something of a world tour each year.

County government is here to provide the services that people cannot do on their own, helping our most vulnerable residents in their greatest times of need.

We’re also here to develop and maintain the infrastructure that’s needed to attract and maintain employers in our area.

And we work to keep our community safe, running one of the state’s largest law enforcement departments and collaborating with our state partners to run our courts system.

None of this would happen without the dedicated employees who pour their heart and soul into their work for Kenosha County every day. I salute them – and I look forward to continuing to work with them to keep moving Kenosha County forward!

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Jim Kreuser has been Kenosha County executive since 2008. He will be blogging regularly about county government issues and events. You can contact him at 262-653-2600 or at


Head outside this winter – to a Kenosha County Park!

(This story originally appeared in the January 16, 2020 edition of The Smart Reader.)

Just because it’s winter in Wisconsin doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. In fact, our Kenosha County Parks offer many reasons to get outside and enjoy the season.

And new this year, there is warm way to get some relief at Petrifying Springs Park. A year-round, heated restroom facility on the south end of the park, near the Biergarten and the Carlisle Family Dog Park, opened last summer and is now in its first winter of service to park visitors.

We’re excited to offer this new amenity, paid for in part by the county’s share of revenue generated at the Biergarten. It’s a good thing to keep in mind when you’re out at the sledding hill, cross-country skiing, or going for a wintery walk in the park.

What’s there to do during winter in Kenosha County Parks? Here are a few ideas:

• Sledding hills are available at Fox River Park (lighted), Petrifying Springs Park (lighted) and Silver Lake Park.

• Silver Lake Park offers more than 2.5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and over 10 miles of single-track trails. Kenosha County Parks also maintains a ski trail on UW-Parkside’s Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course, just across Highway JR from Petrifying Springs Park.

• Pringle Nature Center in Bristol Woods Park offers snowshoe rentals for use on more than four miles of trails within the park.

• Ice fishing is available at the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park (formerly known as KD Park), Old Settlers Park and Silver Lake Park.

Another option, new this year, is the FlightScope golf simulator in the clubhouse at Petrifying Springs Golf Course. Thanks to technology used by many professional golfers, you can “play” more than two dozen golf courses around the world – and dream of your rounds to come on our county golf courses after the spring thaw.

Find out more about the simulator at, and about all that our parks have to offer year-round at