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Port Washington -- The Ozaukee County Board agreed to add a 56-acre natural area along the Milwaukee River to Hawthorne Hills County Park and open its wooded hills to the public, under a resolution approved Wednesday.

The natural area is part of a 62.5-acre property south of Shady Lane in the Town of Fredonia acquired by Ozaukee County in a tax foreclosure more than 10 years ago. It is located immediately north of Hawthorne Hills and includes more than 1,600 feet of frontage on the west bank of the river.

The board-approved resolution designates the remaining 6.5 acres for parks operation and maintenance, in line with its current use. A driveway extends south from Shady Lane to the property.

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel