Ashwaubomay Lake to reopen this summer
By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – After remaining closed last summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashwaubomay Lake will reopen in June, said Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Director Rex Mehlberg.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back at the lake,” he said.
The department decided last year not to open Ashwaubomay Lake, which is filled with fresh water from the Green Bay area water system, over concerns about how COVID-19 could act in open bodies of water not chlorinated.
Because of precautions being put in place this year to limit the spread of COVID-19, Mehlberg said capacity will be limited to 690 people able to use the lake and beach area at one time.
He said the current attendance limit, which is based on 25 percent of the maximum capacity of more than 2,000, should only restrict how many people want to be there on the hottest days of the summer.
However, Mehlberg said the number of people allowed to use the lake and beach area at one time may change this summer, based on guidance from Brown County Public Health.
He said other measures being used at the lake to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 include using Plexiglas for the admissions and concessions area, hand sanitizing stations and touchless dispensers in the restrooms.
Mehlberg said the wearing of masks around Ashwaubomay Lake this summer will be optional.
Mehlberg said the village’s park maintenance crew began Monday, May 17, with filling and preparing Ashwaubomay Lake for this year’s swim season.
He said the lake will first be used Saturday, June 5, for a youth triathlon and then open for swimming Friday, June 11, a day after school ends for the summer in the Ashwaubenon School District.
Once the lake opens for swimming this summer, Mehlberg said it will be open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. and closing most days at 6 p.m.
Hours will be extended until 8 p.m. Wednesdays and when there are food truck rallies at Ashwaubomay Park Thursday, June 24, July 15 and Aug. 12.
He said the last day for people to swim at the lake this summer will be Friday, Aug. 20, followed by the “doggie dip Saturday, Aug. 21 from 12-3 p.m.
After one year of not being open, Mehlberg said Ashwaubomay Lake is presently down a couple of lifeguards, but that won’t affect having enough staff to operate this summer.