Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Apr
13

Citizen Science Day - Spring Workshop Series

Retzer Nature Center
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Mar
18

Mental Health Advisory Committee

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Mental Health Advisory Committee

Where: Waukesha County Health and Human Services Center, 514 Riverview Avenue - Room 114 - Waukesha, WI

When: 03/18/2019 1:30 PM

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Mar
19

Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

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Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 West Moreland Blvd., Room 130 - Waukesha, WI

When: 03/19/2019 8:30 AM

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Mar
19

Bridges Library System

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Bridges Library System

Where: Bridges Library Systems Office, 741 N. Grand Avenue - Suite 210, Waukesha WI

When: 03/19/2019 6:00 PM

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Mar
19

Eagle Spring Lake Management District

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Eagle Spring Lake Management District

Where: Eagle Municipal Building, 820 East Main Street, Eagle, WI

When: 03/19/2019 7:00 PM

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Mar
20

Finance Committee

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Finance Committee

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse 515 West Moreland Blvd. - Room 130 Waukesha, WI

When: 03/20/2019 8:15 AM

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IN THE NEWS

Monday, March 11, 2019, Waukesha County leaders kick off the Waukesha County Courthouse Project by beginning demolition of the intake court building, ...

Waukesha County Kicks Off Courthouse Expansion with First Round of Demolition


Monday, March 11, 2019, Waukesha County leaders kick off the Waukesha County Courthouse Project by beginning demolition of the intake court building, which will serve as the construction site of a new Secure Courtroom addition.

 

“This project will improve public safety for the residents who use our courthouse and employees while accounting for our growing population,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “It’s the culmination of years of strategic planning and budgeting by Waukesha County staff that will ensure our facilities continue to serve residents for decades into the future.”

 

Approximately 52,000 square feet of intake courtroom and unused jail space will be demolished. A 62,000 square-foot, four-story, eight-courtroom addition will be built on the site, which is located next to the Waukesha County Jail. The new facility will feature improved security and prisoner transport to courtrooms by eliminating the need to escort inmates through public courthouse spaces. Members of the public will also gain improved access to the new courtrooms through efficient facility layout. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.

 

About the Waukesha County Courthouse Project

The Waukesha County Courthouse Project will occur in two steps to expand and modernize the facilities. Construction on the new, secure courtroom facility is now underway. In 2022, renovation will begin on the existing courthouse structure, built in 1959, to update aging mechanical systems, create a more efficient layout, and increase accessibility.

 

About Waukesha County

The mission of Waukesha County government is to promote the health, safety and quality of life of citizens while fostering an economically vibrant community.  More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov.

 

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Waukesha County recycling staff will be hosting two free workshops to encourage more residents to try backyard composting. Attendees will learn how to...

Free Workshops Teach Home Composting Methods


FREE WORKSHOPS TEACH HOME COMPOSTING METHODS

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County recycling staff will be hosting two free workshops to encourage more residents to try backyard composting. Attendees will learn how to create and use compost in their yards and gardens.

“Composting is a great way for residents and municipalities to save money by reducing the need for fertilizers and garden debris collection services,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Organic materials that have traditionally been considered waste, like grass clippings, leaves, and food scraps, can avoid the landfill and become nutrient-rich soil amendment.”

According to Wisconsin waste management specialists, almost 25 percent of household trash is organic material that can be composted. Compost improves the health of lawns and gardens by providing organic material and nutrients to soil without the need for chemical fertilizers. Compost saves water by helping the soil to hold moisture and reducing water runoff.  Composting leaves can reduce phosphorus reaching our lakes and rivers by 60%, which reduces weed growth and harmful algae blooms.

Interested parties can learn more about home composting at an upcoming workshop. Registration is free, but recommended before the event.

  • Saturday, March 9 – Spring Garden Workshop Series
    Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Home Composting Session begins at 11 a.m., come for one or all sessions.
    Register online by Friday, March 8.
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Home Composting Workshop
    New Berlin Public Library, 15105 W. Library Lane, New Berlin from 6-7 p.m.
    Register by Wednesday, March 20 by calling 262-754-1814.

For more information about composting and recycling, visit https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300. Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 

About the Department of Parks & Land Use

The Waukesha County Department of Parks & Land Use, working through a combination of collaboration, education and regulation is dedicated to fostering economic development, sound land use, and the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the County’s natural resources and health of its citizens.


Waukesha County is kicking off a new partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin’s E-Cycle program with an electronics and applianc...

Waukesha County Kicks Off New Partnership with Goodwill with Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event


Waukesha County is kicking off a new partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin’s E-Cycle program with an electronics and appliance recycling event. The partnership will allow residents to recycle several items they were unable to conveniently drop off during previous events. The kickoff event  will take place at the Goodwill Store and Donation Center, 1408 Summit Avenue, Oconomowoc, on Saturday, March 9, from 9 am until noon.

“This partnership with Goodwill runs the full gamut of opportunities for the community,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Not only will it be easier for residents to e-cycle, recycling with Goodwill supports activities that benefit the community, like training people for employment.” 

The partnership allows for additional items to be collected. These newly accepted items include home goods, and pre-shredded paper (no fee) and paper for secure shredding ($5). Other items that will be continue to be collected include computers, laptops, flat screen computer monitors, scanners, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, cell phones, telephones, and appliances including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, microwaves, watercoolers, freezers, water heaters, washer/dryers, stoves, ovens/ranges, and dishwashers (no fee). Television sets ($25 each) and Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors ($10 each) are collected for a fee which can be paid with Visa, Mastercard, or cash. No broken or de-manufactured television or computer units will be accepted. State law bans electronics and appliances from landfills and incinerators.

 

Through these special collection events, residents can easily ensure that these items are reused or recycled. Electronics and appliances can only be taken to Goodwill during special collection events. Collected items will also help Goodwill train and employ people with disabilities and disadvantages. Appliances are responsibly recycled by Refrigerant Depot, LLC.

 

This new partnership provides residents with six collection events annually. The remainder of the 2019 schedule is listed below.

These collection events are for household electronics and appliances only. Businesses are required by Wisconsin law to recycle and there are several options to contract for these services listed on our website, waukeshacounty.gov/recycling.

 

For more information about recycling, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile call 262-896-8300. Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 


The Nature Play Area at Fox River Park has won the 2019 Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (A...

Waukesha County Wins Award for Nature Play Area Design in Fox River Park


The Nature Play Area at Fox River Park has won the 2019 Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The play area provides a naturalized alternative to the typical playground, for a unique and educational play experience.

 

“Naturalized play spaces combine a built environment with elements found in nature, and they allow families to reconnect to nature while encouraging healthy living through outdoor play,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “I am proud of the vision that our landscape architects had for this nature play experience within our park system."

 

Inspired by the book, The Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, the play area features an intriguing landscape with various activity nodes between Picnic Areas 1 and 2. The nodes include a climbing boulder, web climber net, sand play area with water, council ring and several spinners and rockers. The popular side-by-side 33 ft. long embankment slides are built into the hillside to integrate into the topography. An accessible paved, pedestrian path winds through the space allowing all users access to the fun.

 

Other innovative features include a butterfly garden and rain garden, no mow areas with native grasses, and a grass amphitheater. The native garden areas attract dragonflies, waterbugs, frogs and tadpoles, birds, deer and more. They also offer an opportunity for education on the importance of infiltration of stormwater runoff for groundwater recharge.

 

Parks and Land Use staff members accepted the award at the Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, February 27 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

 

Fox River Park is located at W264 S4500 River Road in Waukesha. For more information about Fox River Park visit: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/foxriver

 

About the Department of Parks & Land Use

The Waukesha County Department of Parks & Land Use, working through a combination of collaboration, education and regulation is dedicated to fostering economic development, sound land use, and the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the County’s natural resources and health of its citizens.


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Wild Winter Night returns on Saturday, February 16 at Retzer Nature Center from 6 to 9 p.m. to explore the wonde...

Explore the Secrets of Nighttime Nature at Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Wild Winter Night Event


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Wild Winter Night returns on Saturday, February 16 at Retzer Nature Center from 6 to 9 p.m. to explore the wonders of the natural world at night. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.

 

“This is a perfect event for residents to celebrate winter in Wisconsin,” said Dale Shaver, Park System Director. “Cure your cabin fever with candlelight hikes, educational activities, fun campfire songs, and don’t forget to top it off with some hot cocoa.”

 

New this year, attendees will enjoy guided nature hikes on candle-lit trails for an in-depth look at the winter world of Retzer. In addition, with the generous support of the Friends of Retzer Nature Center, attendees can borrow snowshoes (weather and snow cover permitting), delight in hot cocoa, s’mores and songs by the campfire and enjoy family friendly nature-themed activities.  Also, the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium will be offering an indoor planetarium program, “The Solar System.” Planetarium shows run every half hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

The event is held regardless of weather. Attendees should dress accordingly.

 

Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family (two and younger are free). Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission. For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit: www.friendsofretzer.org.

 

For more Wild Winter Night information or details about volunteering, call Retzer Nature Center (262) 896-8007, or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/wildwinternight.

 

About Retzer Nature Center

Retzer Nature Center is a part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter, follow Waukesha County Parks on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.