COVID-19 Update from Mayor Coppernoll

June 25, 2020

Richland Center park shelters, and park play equipment, will re-open for public use July 1.

The Killian Meyer Building will also re-open July 1 – the Meyer Building, and the shelters, will have capacity limits – call 647-8108 for details.

Park bathrooms will open July 1, adult softball, and the youth rec program will also begin July 1. To sign up for adult activities, or to sign your child up for youth activities, please call 647-8108.

Bleachers will not be available this season, please bring chairs with you, and take them when you leave, thank you.

Park bathrooms, and the tables in the park shelters, will be sanitized once per day, early in the morning.

The Community Center, and the Senior Center, will remain closed until further notice.

The aquatic center will not open July 1, we’re awaiting an inspection by the state. At this point, the target date to open the aquatic center is July 4.

We will make an announcement regarding the opening of the aquatic center as soon as we have more details, there will be capacity restrictions in the aquatic center this season.

Signs will be posted in the parks, stating the threat of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 exists, that by entering the parks, you are taking responsibility for your own protection, and that children should be supervised.

For further information, call 647-8108.

-Mayor Todd Coppernoll

Park Street & 9th Street Intersection Closure June 4th 7am – 1pm

Due to the storm that went through the evening of June 2nd, the North side of 9th Street at the intersection of Park Street as well as the west side of Park Street will be closed for tree removal from 7am through 1pm on Thursday June 4th, 2020.

Employees will be present to direct traffic into one lane only.  Please be cautious and courteous if travelling on these streets.  Thank you

Park Recreation Activities and Aquatic Center to Remain Closed through June

May 26, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all city sponsored activities in Richland Center city parks are suspended through the month of June.

The one exception will be the fireworks, which will take place as scheduled, June 27th.  Tunderfest will not take place this year, but the fireworks will go on, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE.

We’re asking people to view the fireworks from home, where possible, and we will be requesting permission for viewing of the fireworks from some area parking lots as well – a follow-up announcement will be made on this point when more information is available.

At some point in June, we will make a decision regarding a later opening date for the aquatic center and the resumption of youth activities and adult sports leagues.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

– Mayor Todd Coppernoll

Parks to Open May 1st-Shelters/Playgrounds Remain Closed

Mayor Todd Coppernoll announced:

In accordance with the recent orders of WI Governor Tony Evers, all buildings, shelters, and playgrounds must remain closed.

City Parks will re-open May 1, with social distancing – meaning, maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

Buildings, shelters and playgrounds cannot be re-opened at this time.  If social distancing is ignored, the parks will close again until Governor Evers lifts his Safer At Home order.

Pine River Recreation Trail Open-Use Social Distancing

Effective immediately, the Richland Center Recreation Trail from County O at Wal-Mart, through the city to Highway 80 North – is open for public use. 

Social distancing is mandated on the trail – please allow six feet of open space between yourself and the nearest person, and when approaching someone from behind, please make your presence known when you reach a distance of ten feet behind them.

 If social distancing is not practiced, the trail will be closed again until Governor Evers lifts the, “Safer At Home” order.

 City parks remain closed at this time. 

-Todd Coppernoll, Richland Center City Mayor


Parks and Recreation Trail Closure

After Governor Evers closed most of the area State Parks, Mayor Kaufman has, at the advice of legal counsel, ordered the closure of the Richland Center Recreation Trail between County Hwy O at Wal-Mart through the City to Krouskop Park at State Highway 80 North until further notice.

The Richland Center Parks will also be closed until further notice.

The City is asking residents to stay safer at home as ordered by Governor Evers and practice social distancing.

Parks Closed

The Richland Center Parks are closed until further notice.

City closes playgrounds and sports courts to slow spread of COVID-19

Press Release Date:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Beginning at 8:00AM on Wednesday, March 25, in response to Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #13 (the “Safer at Home Order”), the City of Richland Center Parks & Recreation Department is closing all active recreation areas in city parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other areas where maintaining appropriate social distancing is difficult. The closure goes into effect immediately and will remain in place through April 24.

During this time, residents are encouraged to exercise and spend time outdoors at home whenever possible. Use of parks and trails should be limited and a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.

As residents settle into new habits with work changes and school closures, we know that parks are a vital resource to help maintain physical and mental health. It’s important to remember that parks are not a safe haven from this virus and all residents need to be following public health recommendations on social distancing. Many people have not followed the initial guidelines we provided, so it is necessary to take more assertive action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

New park use guidelines:

  • Active recreation areas are closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and tennis/pickleball courts.
  • City of Richland Center parks, trails and dog park are open; a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.
  • Lawn areas and sports fields are open for walking and other non-team activities only. Activities should be non-contact and played only with people from the same household.
  • The boat launch are open but visitors must practice appropriate social distancing when parking and launching or retrieving their vessel.

Practice National Recreation and Park Association recommendations for social distancing:

  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public spaces if you have symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect city workers

Memorial Day Flags

Volunteers are needed to put up Veteran’s flags at the Richland Center Cemetery and St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Anyone wishing to help can meet at the cemetery garage at

1300 N. Park Street,

Thursday night, May 23rd  at 5 pm.

Call Dave Fry at 604-0398 with questions

Spring Cleanup at the Cemetery

Spring is coming soon!

Please remember to remove any and all decorations, flowers, Christmas wreaths & stands. The Parks Department will be going through the Cemetery starting April 1st, 2019. If there are any items remaining by April 15th, they will be discarded.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Dave Fry

Parks & Grounds Supervisor

Emerald Ash Borer-Request for Bids, Plan, New Tree List, Adopt a Tree

The City of Richland Center along with Gays Mills is seeking bids for treatment of trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer.  Bids are due to the City Clerk’s Office at 450 S. Main Street by 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  You may also email bids to
All bids must be clearly marked EAB Bid.  If you have questions please contact David Fry, City Forester at 608-604-0398 or for Gays Mills Cindy Kohles at 608-872-2184.  The City of Richland Center reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

EAB Treatment Specs and Request for Bids-Richland Center

EAB Treatment Specs and Request for Bids-Gays Mills

EAB Plan

EAB Adopt a Tree EAB Plan

EAB Availability List for Boulevard Planting


Bids received are as follows:

Steigerwaldt – $3200.00, Tim Andrews Horticulturist LLC – $1035.00, TruGreen $975.00

The bid was awarded to Tim Andrews Horticulturist LLC in the amount of $1035.00 on 3/6/2018