New rec and aquatics manager starts in PdC

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Emily Pedley Fecht is the new recreation and aquatics manager for the city of Prairie du Chien. She will work alongside parks and rec director Mike Ulrich, but be more focused on the aquatics and recreation programming. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin


Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation has a new recreation and aquatics manager, Emily Pedley Fecht. She comes to the position having been assistant manager at the Lancaster pool and the Lancaster swim team coach. She’s also worked as a telecommunicator for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department since 2014.

“I’ve been a pool rat my whole life,” she said, with a big smile. Emily shared that she’s overjoyed about taking on this new position, replacing Ryan Schmidt who left last month. Since April 21, she is now responsible for both the Hoffman Hall pool and Wacouta Aquatic Center pool, as well as a large portion of the local recreational programming.

Emily has lots of ideas, for middle-aged individuals in particular, and is open to thoughts from the public about anything related to parks and rec, and aquatics. 

“If people have recommendations of something they’d like to see, anything they’re going elsewhere for, I’m absolutely open to suggestions. If there are things we can schedule to expand upon what we already have, I’m all for it,” she said. “Also, watch the Parks and Rec Facebook page for some new things happening this summer.”

Emily can be reached at 608-412-1250 or at Or you can reach her by sending a message to the Parks and Rec Facebook page. 

The municipal pool at the Wacouta Aquatic Center will open for the season June 4. Anyone interested in signing up for swimming lessons, season pool passes, or the city swim team should stop by Hoffman Hall through the end of May and ask for Emily. Otherwise, inquire at the outdoor pool after June 4.

Emily said the Wacouta pool has had some upgrades in the off-season, including the installation of a new heater. So she encourages patrons to come as soon as possible to take a dip in the warm water. 

She’s excited about swimming lessons this summer and reminds parents that this is an important “life skill” for their children. 

“We welcome kids from anywhere to participate,” she said. 

As for the swim team, Emily will be scheduling meets this year and looks forward to the possibility of Prairie du Chien hosting a swim meet here. 

“They’re building their numbers back up. They have a parent board. There’s lots of fun things happening with our swim team,” she added. 

She also wanted to extend an invitation to high school students who may be interested in working for the Prairie pool this summer. She would love to have employees from all the area school districts and is willing to work with young swimmers who need lifeguard instruction.

Always a swimmer herself, Emily and her husband of course have three kids who swim too. They live in Lancaster, where she will still assist with pool operations yet this summer. She said she also plans to stay on part-time at the sheriff’s department to keep her certifications there as well.

“I like to be involved in the things,” Emily stated, “and I’m just happy making sure programs continue. If you’re at Hoffman Hall, swing by my office (in the basement) and come chat with me.”

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