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Recreation

Mequon and Thiensville offer numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The community is filled with small and large scenic parks which provide outdoor fun for the whole family. Area parks feature playground equipment, hiking and biking trails, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, fishing, canoe and kayak launch sites, picnic areas and more. Thiensville Village Park, an especially popular venue, offers a riverside setting and an opportunity to observe a fish passage on the Rotary Riverwalk trail. The 16.3 acre park, serves as the site for the weekly Thiensville Village Market, the annual Family Fun Before the Fourth event and Lionfest. The expansive Rotary Park in Mequon, host of the large annual Gathering on the Green concert and event, is also a frequently visited location. It features a large fishing pond, pavilions, soccer fields, walking paths and more.

Virmond Park, a 63-acre park, provides breathtaking panoramic views from the bluffs that overlook Lake Michigan. Visitors can stroll through the many trails in the nature conservancy and enjoy the picnic and re-creational areas. Residents and visitors may also relish a stunning view of Lake Michigan from the lake bluff and shoreline path accessible through the beautiful Concordia University Wisconsin campus.

The Mequon Nature Preserve encompasses 438 acres of land offering visitors five miles of hiking trails, a 50-foot observation tower and an education center. The geography includes emerging forests, natural wetlands and a restored prairie. Restoring the area began in 2000, transforming farmland into a rolling landscape covered with Maples, Oaks and other plant species consistent with the pre-settlement environment. The Preserve provides students, youth groups and the public an outdoor classroom to explore the habitat as well as an indoor education center. For more information, visit mequonnaturepreserve.org.

In addition to the parks and preserves, there are several golf courses in the area. Golfers can hit the green at Mee-Kwon Park Golf Course or at one of the local County Clubs; The River Club of Mequon, North Shore Country Club or Ozaukee Country Club. Golfers can practice their chipping, putting and full swings throughout the winter at the Pin High Golf Center which features an indoor course and golf simulator as well as multiple outdoor courses.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the scenic Ozaukee Interurban Trail which spans 30 miles, beginning in Mequon and continuing across all of Ozaukee County. The trail is a paved, free-to-the-public path and is a designated “Great Wisconsin Birding Trail.” Visitors to the trail experience picturesque views of the Milwaukee River, Lake Michigan, Cedar Creek, wetlands, historic downtowns, forests and farmland all while walking, biking, running, skating or cross-country skiing.

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