Friday, December 28, 2012

Dog Sledding in Whitnall Park


There's snow in the forecast and I'm hoping for 5 or more inches, because that means there will be enough snow for the Door County Sled Dogs to make their appearance at Whitnall Park soon!  If you've never tried this before, you should come out and see it.  The dogs are beautiful.  The kids who love dogs REALLY love this.  You can call the automated sled dog hotline 414-967-9677 to see if they will be there on any Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 1 pm, starting Jan 7 through March, weather permitting.  Cost is $15 per person and 2 people per sled as a rule.

Here's an excerpt from the information on their Facebook page.  You can always like their page and follow their activities.  They have some great photos of the dogs.  I think it's a fantastic service they offer to our community.

General Information For all interested in rescues, sled dogs, and community. The Door County Sled Dogs are a recreational sled dog team (all rescues) consisting of nine purebred Siberian Huskies, two Alaskan Huskies, one very special collie/husky mix and two human mushers: Rick Desotelle and Bonnie Ulrich. Our dogs are a “recreational mid-distance” team that participates in races, fun runs, leisurely trail rides, and many special community events. In addition, since the huskies are also pets who love children, people, and running, they provide dog sled rides to the general public on weekends in both Milwaukee and Door 
County – wherever they happen to be at a particular time! 

Whitnall Park is also a fine spot for sledding so be sure to dress for the weather and bring your sleds too.  They have a warming house, with a snack bar, that is open from 11-8 on Saturdays and noon-6 on Sundays.  The address is 6751 S. 92nd St., Franklin.   This is in the same area as Boerner Botanical Gardens and Wehr Nature Center.  You can park at the golf course for easy access to winter sports.

Another great spot to see what's happening in Whitnall Park, and other county parks, is the events page on the Milwaukee County Parks Facebook page.  And don't forget the county link that lists parks by winter activity.  If there's something you enjoy doing, they can tell you where to go.
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