Parks Projects

The City of Appleton Parks, Recreation & Facilities Management Department (APRFMD) has developed a Capitol Improvement Program (CIP) that focuses on developing and managing parks and recreational facilities to meet both current and future needs of the community.

The Parks, Recreation & Facilities Management Department would like to thank the community, groups, partners, and contractors who have provided their input on improving Appleton's parks and recreational areas.


Due to the construction of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center that started in the fall of 2016, Jones Park has been closed.  When the exhibition center opened in the winter of 2018, redevelopment of Jones Park began.  The goal is to make a mulit-use space that is accessible to all.  Construction continues through the winter of 2018 with a completion date that includes the establishment of the turf by fall of 2019.    Here are some of the amenities that the park will offer:


  • Miron Amphitheater for special events.
  • Pavilion with restrooms that will become a warming shelter with concessions in the winter
  • Open green space
  • ADA accessible ramp and stairs to give access to the park from Lawrence St.
  • New playground equipment with one structure geared toward 2-5 year olds and one structure geared toward 5-12 year olds.  Both will be placed on 100% ADA compliant rubberized pour in place surfacing.
  • Seasonally, two lit ice skating rinks.  One dedicated for hockey and one for family skating.


Jones Ramp Jones Pavilion Playground install
ADA Accessible Ramp & Stairs Construction of Year Round Pavilion Installation of New Playground Equipment



Lower Telulah Park is currently closed to public access from the Appleton Rowing Club building to the Mariott Hotel. Construction has started on the development of a new trail and trailhead parking lot on the west end of the park by the Marriot Hotel. The new trail will connect to the existing trail by the Marriot Hotel and Mr. Brews Taphouse. The project also includes the development of a retaining wall along the river that will include stairs, an ADA ramp for access to the river, fishing platforms, and lighting. The City is planning to install an ADA canoe/kayak launch and a fishing pier in the future. An area has also been cleared by the Appleton Rowing Club building that will be used to store and cap contaminated soils that are on site. The storage plan for the contaminated soils has been approved by the DNR.

PROJECT UPDATE 12/3/18 - Due to the excessive amounts of rain in the fall of 2018 and the early introduction of cold weather, the Lower Telulah Park Trail and trailhead parking lot were unable to be paved this fall.  The construction site has been closed by the contractor until the spring. We are hopeful that a nice spring will come early so we can bring this exciting project to a close and have many months to enjoy it in 2019!  Thank you for your patience.


Piles for fishing pier Erosion Control Construction of ramp Retaining Wall Front
Piles were driven into the river to start the supports for the new fishing pier. Measures have been put in place for erosion control and water turbidity. Construction of ADA ramp and kayak launch New retaining wall


Vulcan Heritage 1Vulcan Heritage 2

Vulcan Heritage Park on the banks of the Fox River will be receiving a new parking lot.  Work will begin on Monday, September 24, 2018 (weather dependent) and will take approximately 22 days to complete.  Besides the new parking lot, the City of Appleton will be replacing the existing brick pavers with stamped concrete to comply with ADA standards.  We are happy to make these updates so more people can enjoy this beautiful park.  Pardon our dust during this project!


Starting in September 2018 Mead Pool tank is undergoing the recoating process along with repainting of the slide structure and stairs. The pool tank coating has an average life span of five years and was last replaced in 2012. The recoating process consists of removing the existing coating, patching concrete cracks or spalling, removing sealant, applying new coating and sealant. The slide structure and stairs are undergoing new painting as inspections have found existing surfaces beginning to flake and corrode. Both recoating and slide structure and stair painting will be completed in Fall 2018.

Full Pool Repainted Pool Slide


Linwood Park baseball diamond received some needed upgrades in September 2018. This project included new concrete dugouts, concrete bleacher pads with ADA accommodations, and new concrete ADA trails connecting the bleachers to the sidewalk. The new benches and fences for the dugouts will be put in place before the start of the next baseball season.   Below are some pictures of the new hardscape.  We hope that these accommodations will make it easier for everyone to enjoy Linwood Park!

Linwood 1 Linwood 2 Linwood 3



In September 2018 the City of Appleton installed a new ADA approved grilling area next to the pavilion.  This provides easier access for all to the grill so that anyone can enjoy utilizing this great amenity at Schaefer Park.  Check out the pictures of this completed project.

ADA Grill 1 ADA Grill 2 ADA Grill 3


Department Contact:
Phone: (920) 832-5905
Fax: (920) 993-3103

Mailing Address:

100 N. Appleton St.

Appleton, WI 54911




Office: Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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