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Parks & Trails

Dane County Parks

608-242-4576 Information Line | 608-246-3896 Main Office | www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/

Badger Prairie County Park

Badger Prairie County Park, northeast of the city at Old Highway PB and US Highway 18/151, is home to a three-acre pet exercise area, play fields, an aeromodeling field, mountain bike and hiking trails, a shelter and a playground area. It serves as the center of the Ice Age Trail Junction Area and has access to the Military Ridge State Trail, as well as a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. >>map

Donald County Park

Donald County Park is located in southwestern Dane County at 1945 Hwy 92 between Mt. Horeb and Mt. Vernon and 15 miles southwest of Madison. The park is situated in Wisconsin's picturesque Driftless Area, a region characterized by rugged and varied topography. The park was developed beginning in the 1990s. Public-private partnerships between the County and Delma Donald Woodburn family, who donated 105 acres, along with the purchase of the 160-acre Hitchcock farm, formed the park's core. More than 800 acres of parkland exist with approximately four miles of multi-use trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding; 21 miles of equestrian trails; and nearly two miles of hiking trails. Visitors can fish in the trout streams and at Larson pond, and picnic under centuries-old oaks or nearby flowing waterways. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. For more information, visit the Friends of Donald Park website, www.donaldpark.org or email, contact@donaldpark.org or the Dane County Parks website. MAP

Fireman’s Park Beach

608-845-6695 | www.ci.verona.wi.us
Kids and adults alike enjoy the sun, sand, fishing, diving board and playground equipment at the 18-acre Fireman's Park Beach located along Paoli and Bruce Streets on the city's southwest side. Paddleboat rental is available by the half hour or longer. The beach, staffed with certified lifeguards, has picnic tables, two water slides, a beach house and concessions. Season passes are available to both Verona residents and non-residents. The City of Verona offers outdoor swimming at Fireman’s Park in the summer.

The season runs from June 11 to August 22. The beach is staffed with certified lifeguards from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00/7:00 p.m. Hours may be adjusted periodically due to weather and other circumstances. Children under the age of eight must be supervised at all times by a responsible person 15 years of age or older. Flotation devices are not allowed.

Season passes can be purchased at the beach during open hours. The park also offers great shore fishing for bluegill and bass with two piers available from which to fish. There is no fishing in the swimming area when the beach is open.

SEASON MEMBERSHIP RATES – 2012
Verona Residents

$35 Youth ~ $50 Adult ~ $90 Family
Non Residents
$60 Youth ~ $75 Adult ~ $140 Family
Combo Beach/Natatorium Membership
$60 Adult ~ $110 Family (Available to City of Verona Residents Only) DAILY RATES - 2012
$2 Youth ~ $3 Adult (Verona Residents)
$4 Youth ~ $5 Adult (Non-Residents) The 12th annual Bash at the Beach, complete with games, free food, prizes, music and a gigantic inflatable will be Friday, August 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. >>map

Hometown U.S.A. Community Park

608-845-6695 | www.ci.verona.wi.us

Hometown U.S.A. Community Park at the corner of Lincoln Street and East Verona Avenue is the city’s largest park. The park is home to a skateboard ramp, a baseball diamond, two softball diamonds, playground equipment and a shelter. Mountain bikers looking for adventure can access the Military Ridge State Trail from the park, ride about two miles east of the park to Fitchrona Road, and look for one of two trailside entrances to Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, featuring a single track loop with technical trail features for beginner and expert riders. >>map

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

608-249-7870 | 1-800-227-0046 | www.iceagetrail.org
Not many cities can boast having a national trail, but Verona can. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is one of only eight national scenic trails in the United States. Primarily for foot journey, it showcases Wisconsin's world-renowned glacial features. The Verona Segment of the trail takes wayfarers on a 6-1/2 mile trek that travels through farm fields, woods and prairies, along Badger Mill Park, past glacial kettle ponds and through Badger Prairie County Park with acres of prairie flowers and grasses. The Ice Age Trail, totally contained in Wisconsin, is intended for such low-impact activities as walking, backpacking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The serpentine course approximates the last stopping point or terminal edge of the most recent continental glaciers, which ended their last major surge 14,000 to 16,000 years ago.

Military Ridge State Trail

608-437-7393 | www.militaryridge-trail.org
Verona is fortunate to have a portion of the 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail run right through its downtown. The packed limestone trail is open for hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and motorized wheelchairs. Parking is available in several spots along the trail, including at Hometown Junction on Main Street. Mountain bikers looking for adventure can access the Military Ridge State Trail from the Hometown U.S.A. Community Park, ride about two miles east of the park to Fitchrona Road, and look for one of two trailside entrances to Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, featuring a single track loop with technical trail features for beginner and expert riders. The trail, in Iowa and Dane Counties, connects Dodgeville and Fitchburg. Most of the trail follows the former Chicago and North Western Railway line. On summer Sunday mornings, it is common to see people pedaling about six miles from Verona to the unincorporated community of Riley for a pancake breakfast. The trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Fitchburg. Most of the trail follows the former Chicago and North Western Railway line. Bicyclists 16 years old or older must have a current Wisconsin State Trail pass or a daily pass to use the trail.

Prairie Moraine County Park

Prairie Moraine County Park is southeast of the city. The entrance is reached by taking US Highway 18/151 to Old Highway PB. The entrance is one mile south on County PB at Wesner Road. The 160-acre park is ideal for viewing the moraine and provides an excellent area for interpretation of Wisconsin's glacial history. Dog owners will enjoy both off-leash and on-leash areas for dogs. For more information, call the Dane County Parks 24-Hour Info Line at 608-242-4576. >>map

Upper Sugar River Watershed

608-437-7707 | www.usrwa.org
Verona sits at the heart of the Upper Sugar River Watershed. The watershed (an area of land that drains into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater when it rains or snows) is 170 square miles of rolling farms, bustling communities, private retreats, parks and other public lands waiting to be explored. Its watershed resources, particularly trout fishing, have been featured on television and radio. Many of its 115 miles of streams are open to the public through nonprofit efforts and national, state and county support of public fishing easements and trail development. A great family canoe and kayak water trail begins just outside Verona. Several groups have a passion for the Upper Sugar River Watershed including Capitol Water Trails, LTD, Deer Creek Sport & Conservation Club, Natural Heritage Land Trust, Town of Verona Open Space and Parks Commission and the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.

Verona Area School District Forest

The Verona Area School District School Forest is located directly northwest of the high school campus. The 12-acre school forest was purchased in the late 1960s at the same time as the land for a new, larger high school was purchased. At the time this marked the northern boundary of the City of Verona. In the ensuing years, the city has grown around the forest. It is now a slice of nature in the middle of the city and an outdoor laboratory for school-aged children. City residents and their dogs are welcome to use the trail system that traverses prairie, wetland and woodland habitats. Access the school forest from Cross Country Park at Basswood Avenue, from the high school campus near the tennis courts, or from the VASD central office parking lot. The school forest is home to both the middle and high school cross country teams and is managed by Verona Area School District naturalist and high school science teacher, Matt Tiller.

Walter R. Scheidegger County Forest

The Walter R. Scheidegger County Forest is Verona's newest public recreation area, on the Town of Verona's south side (on Range Trail). Scheidegger was a Verona High School graduate who willed $534,420 to the Dane County Park Commission. The 73-acre site has rolling hills, ancient oak trees and springs.

Golf Courses

Deer Valley Lodge & Golf

7899 Hwy. 18-151, Barneveld | 608-924-3033 | www.deervalleygolf.com
Deer Valley Lodge & Golf is located 20 minutes west of Verona on Hwy 18 & 151. Deer Valley features 27 imaginative holes spread out over 300 acres. Breathtaking views and incredible terrain make Deer Valley a unique golf experience. Adjacent to the course sits the beautiful Deer Valley Lodge with 62 rooms and suites, the largest indoor waterpark in the area and a banquet hall overlooking the golf course.

Edelweiss Chalet Country Club

W4764 Edelweiss Rd., New Glarus | 608-527-2315 |www.edelweissccc.com
Edelweiss Chalet Country Club is a challenging 18-hole semi-private golf club which was constructed in 1968, with a nine-hole addition in 1990. Edelweiss is located only 20 minutes from Verona, WI. Edelweiss features the rolling hills, mature landscape and the beautiful views that have made New Glarus a favorite amongst millions of tourists. The golf course has been designed and maintained to accommodate players of all skill and patience levels. We also have a fully stocked, full service golf shop to meet and exceed your expectations. Edelweiss offers every amenity you would expect to find at a private country club without the private country club prices. In addition to a full service golf shop, we also offer a full service bar and restaurant and both men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers. All at no extra cost to you!

Hawks Landing Golf Club

88 Hawks Landing Circle, Verona | 608-848-4295 | www.hawkslandinggolfclub.com
Hawks Landing Golf Club is currently a semi-private golf club, with a pool and tennis facilities, located in the heart of the Hawks Landing neighborhood community. Amenities at Hawks Landing include a state-of-the-art golf practice facility, a 7,300 square foot clubhouse with locker rooms, club storage, a full-service golf shop and restaurant, an eight-lane competition pool with diving well, winding water slide, kiddy area and four tennis courts. Sunset Grille at Hawks Landing overlooks the golf course and includes a spacious, private dining room that spills onto a magnificent outdoor deck for a perfect view of the sunset. There is a full menu year-round with many weekly and daily specials.

University Ridge Golf Course

608-845-7700 | www.universityridge.com
The University of Wisconsin Golf Course, dubbed University Ridge, is a public par-72, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It received a 4-1/2 star rating in “Places to Play,” Golf Digest 2006. Other awards it has garnered include #7 "America's Best Public Access Courses," Golfweek; 5-star rating Chicagoland Golf Magazine; "Best of Madison," Madison Magazine; "Madison's Favorite," Isthmus; "Reader's Choice" award winner Wisconsin State Journal/Capital Times. The 225-acre tract at the corner of County Road PD and County Road M offers a spectacular view of the rolling terrain, with deep-set woods, hills, sprawling meadows, and a natural pond and prairie. University Ridge features a 15,000 square-foot practice green and adjoining chipping green with a sand bunker. There are also two 9,000-square-foot practice tees. >>map

Sport Facilities

Verona Ice Arena

451 E.Verona Ave., Verona | 608-845-7465 | www.veronaice.com
Eagles Nest Ice Arena, at East Verona Avenue and Lincoln Street, is one of the few Olympic-sized ice skating rinks in the state and is home to the Southwest Eagles Youth Hockey Association and the Verona Wildcats High School hockey team. Both of these programs are recognized among Wisconsin's best in player development and have had skaters go on to play for college teams, Junior Teams and even the NHL. The facility also plays host to the Dane County "Learn to Skate" program, public skating, birthday parties, hockey leagues and tournaments, hockey and figure skating camps, and senior, lunch and no-school day skates. The facility has public skating. Ice skate rentals are available.>>map

The Goodman Aquatic Center

608-278-1808 | 608-848-1822 (summer) | 2884 Timber Lane, Verona | www.jewishmadison.org

The Goodman Aquatic Center is a 5,000-square-foot outdoor pool. The zero-depth-entry pool is set amidst a lush, green background and has six 25-meter lanes and several water-play features. The Madison Jewish Community Council owns and operates the pool. Madison School and Community Recreation manages the pool, provides the lifeguards and offers public swimming and swim classes. The pool is located off County Road PD and opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. It is part of the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus, a 154-acre multipurpose year-round recreational and rental facility. The campus is the summer home of Camp Shalom (the oldest day camp in Dane County), more than three miles of biking and hiking trails open to the public when camp is not in session, a pond, a one-room schoolhouse, a barn and farmhouse built in the 1880s. >>map

Reddan Soccer Park

608-848-1777 | www.maysa.org
Operated by the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association, Reddan Soccer Park, north of Badger Prairie County Park, is Wisconsin’s largest soccer-specific facility.

The 40-acre, 15-field complex plays host to league play, camps, coaches’ clinics, State Olympic Development programs, training by local colleges, State Cup and Midwest Regional League play. Each year, it plays host to about a dozen tournaments, attracting approximately 1,200 teams and 20,000 players. >>map

Verona Area Natatorium

400-B North Main Street, Verona | 608-845-4635 | www.verona.k12.wi.us
The Verona Area Natatorium on North Main Street provides the community with a wide range of aquatic activities and programs, including swim instruction, open swim, adult lap swim, water exercise, senior water exercise, birthday parties, master swim practices, scuba classes and indoor triathlons. The most famous swimmer to take lessons at the natatorium, and perfect his strokes with Verona Aquatic Club and the Verona Area High School Team is Olympian Neil Walker, a native of Verona, who is a two-time Olympian, earning four medals, a gold and silver in Sydney 2000, and a gold and bronze in Athens 2004. >>map

Verona Little League Baseball-Softball Complex

608-845-6113 | www.veronalittleleague.org
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of volunteers and businesses who have given gifts of time, materials and money, the Verona Little League (VLL) opened one of the premier Little League Baseball and Softball complexes in the state in 2006. Ceniti Park at 601 East Verona Avenue

includes four diamonds as well as batting cages, bleachers, a two-story concession stand and the excitement of a big-league park. Over the last five years, VLL has hosted many district and state-level tournaments and will hold the Mid-Summer Classic tournament again this summer, bringing in teams from around the state. The league is celebrating its 17th year, serves over 550 kids on 48 teams and is chartered by Little League, Inc. of Williamsport, PA. Opening day 2012 is April 21. >>map

Events

Hometown U.S.A. Days

608-845-5777 | www.veronahometowndays.com

Hometown U.S.A. Days is a grand celebration in Verona every June. The long weekend features a Main Street parade, a pancake breakfast, fireworks and more.

Fairgoers can play games, listen to music, enjoy the carnival and relax with food and cold beer. Entrance to the event, as well as many activities, is free to attendees. Hometown Days 2016 is scheduled for June 2-5.

Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon

608-226-4780 | www.ironmanwisconsin.comFor both viewers and participants, one of the best spots to get caught up in the excitement of the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon is in the Verona Loop Festival where masses of fans line Main Street to watch the bicycle segment of the

race. The Verona Loop Festival features food provided by several high school sports teams, and serves as a fundraising activity for area youths while

providing a safe and convenient place for fans to cheer on athletes. Shuttle buses run between Madison and the festival for six hours during the day. Competitors swim 2.4 miles, bicycle 112 miles and complete a 26.2-mile marathon. They have 17 hours to complete the event. They get plenty of encouragement as they pedal along Main Street in Verona. The 2013 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8.

Arts & Culture

Rhapsody Arts Center

1031 N Edge Trail, Verona | 608-848-2045 | www.rhapsodyarts.org
Rhapsody Arts Center offers classes to children and adults in music, art, theater and creative writing. On "no school days," workshops presented may include theater boot camp, songwriting, cartooning, wire sculpture and Broadway and movie tunes. Its teachers hold private and group classes in guitar, puppetry, bagpipes, music therapy for children with autism and more. Rhapsody completes its palette with a music station lab, a recording studio and community concerts. Rhapsody Arts Center has moved to 1031 North Edge Trail in Verona.

Verona Area Community Theater

608-848-7660 | 608-845-2383 (for tickets) | www.vact.org
VACT has a motto, "Our number one priority is to have fun!" And fun they have when local performers star in the group's four productions each year. For a current list of shows, go to www.vact.org. All shows are at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. VACT has a home at 405 Bruce Street, which provides rehearsal space and set, prop and costume storage, thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer time and more than $100,000 in local contributions. >>map

Verona Area Performing Arts Series

608-848-2787 | www.vapas.org
The Verona Area Performing Arts Series (VAPAS) has been "Bringing National Entertainment to Hometown U.S.A." since 1998. VAPAS brings cultural and performing programs in music, dance and drama to the community with four shows annually, performed at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit organization helps people enjoy national artists at affordable prices. For a current list of shows, go to www.vapas.org. >>map

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