• Recreation Grows Tourism Industry

    July 10, 2019
    Recreation Grows Tourism Industry
    The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Park and Recreation Month. The goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks and recreation has on communities across the U.S. Recreation is a substantial component of travel and an important piece of tourism in Fort Atkinson.
    “Recreation is a major reason visitors travel to Wisconsin and we see the importance of that in Fort Atkinson,” says Olivia Reinke, Tourism Manager at the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have many recreational assets in this community, both through private business and with our city Parks and Recreation department that provide opportunities for everyone to participate in.”
    Recreation options in Fort Atkinson include the three major waterways: Bark River, Rock River and Lake Koshkonong. From shore, these can be enjoyed on the downtown Riverwalk or trails at Haumerson’s Pond. To enjoy from the water there are canoe and kayak rentals available at 2 Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor. TPF Outdoors and Rock River Bait Box can help with fishing needs. For an overnight adventure, camping is available at Jellystone Park in Fort Atkinson. An afternoon outing could consist of a hike at Dorothy Carnes Park or a round of golf at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club. Fort Atkinson is known as a tree city and a birding community. Both can be enjoyed at the many local parks. Visitors can also enjoy miles of the Glacial Heritage Bike Trail, baseball, softball, disc golf, an outdoor aquatic center, concerts in the park and nature trails. Or for a more relaxed intake of the sights, enjoy dinner with a water view at one of the many restaurants.  
    According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism 2018 Wisconsin Economic Impact Research Report, visitors spent more than $13 billion dollars during their time in the state last year with 14% of this spending on recreation. This is a growth of 8.4% over 2017.
    The Fort Atkinson Chamber invites residents and visitors alike to add photos to its Facebook page by tagging @FortChamber.
    Olivia Ault, Tourism Manager
    (920) 563-3210