A month before her retirement, Karyn Powers strolls down memory lane and discusses her 30+ years working for the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department.
Prior to returning to Marathon County after interning in Wausau her senior year of college, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and for the U.S. Army in South Korea.
This adventurous woman traveled far and wide, only to find her way back to a public service position with Marathon County once more, where in addition to serving as Recreation Superintendent, she is an accomplished poet, author, painter, and, of course, lover of all things outdoors. (Click the title for details.)
United Way of Marathon County’s Early Years Coalition and Partnership for Youth provide resources and activities for ages 0 to 21 years. Never has this work been more important than during a pandemic.
Learn how these coalitions keep kids learning and connected, as well as socially and emotionally well. Plus, get updates on this year’s (virtual) hiring fair, which allows teens to interview for and potentially accept a job on the spot. (Click the title for details.)
Watching Wausau RiverWolves hockey games and renting private ice time are a few of the ways the public can see and appreciate recent renovations (totaling $332,735) completed at Marathon Park’s indoor ice arenas — including updates to the flooring, dasher boards, and tempered glass, as well as the refrigeration and sound systems.
Learn the effect the pandemic is having on high school and youth hockey programs at the arenas, as well as on public figure skating, and get suggestions for other outdoor winter activities (often modified due to COVID-19 precautions) that the Wausau/Marathon County PRF Department supports in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
Marcus Aumann joined the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department in May 2020 as the Assistant Director of Community Services (ADCS).
Social distancing has kept him from meeting people in the community in traditional ways, so we’re bringing him to YOU!
Learn how Marcus will help increase tourism, boost local economies, and enhance outdoor programs and services. (Click the title for details.)
October means the start of indoor ice skating at the Marathon Park Ice Arena. Learn about skate rentals and public-skating hours at the indoor ice arena at Marathon Park.
Plus, the public is invited to the County’s first-ever “Scary Skate” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, where children and youth can get treats and meet and skate with the Wausau RiverWolves Hockey Team in a spooky Halloween-themed atmosphere at Marathon Park Ice Arena Rink #1. (Click the title for details)
In Marathon County, there are 2 unique trails open for public ATV/UTV use:
(1) Burma Road County Forest Unit & ATV Trail and (2) Edgar–Fenwood Trail.
ATV/UTV trails are OPEN between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. through September 30. (So you gotta hurry to get in some fall riding time before the trails close to ATV/UTV traffic in October and November for hunting season.)
Learn about ATV/UTV registration, the Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers Club, & more. (Click the title for details)
Beginning March 15, register your family for Marathon County’s community-wide “Active Family Challenge.” Then, between April 15 and June 15, have each team member in your family get at least 1 hour of active recreation each day. Log 60 active hours with us & you WIN the challenge! A POOL PARTY will be held at the end of the 10 weeks, plus PRIZES will be will be awarded as you reach 15, 20, 45, and 60 hours of activity. Learn more in the full article . . . (Click the title for details)
Head to the indoor Marathon Park Ice Arena for a variety of public-skating hours Monday–Friday & Sundays. Plus, they have figure & hockey skates available for rent at just $3 per session.
Not a skater? Get tickets to watch an exciting Wausau RiverWolves hockey game at the arena instead! (Click the title for details on the Marathon Park Ice Arena…)
With so little snow so far this winter, be sure to check the Park Department’s Facebook page or website for updates on trail conditions if you plan on heading to Nine-Mile for some winter fun. Once we get enough snow, try the lighted cross-country trails or the looped snowshoe trail. Get the details on trail maps, the reservable chalet, trail passes, and equipment rentals in the full story. (Click the title for details…)
To better appreciate the scale, amenities, and beauty of some of our local public lands, staff and members of the Wausau City Council and the Marathon County Board went on a guided tour of the Eastbay Sports Complex, Mission Lake Park, Big Eau Pleine Park, and Nine-Mile County Forest Recreation Area. See some of what they learned on their fall tour in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)