Playground Program

Are you looking for a healthy, interactive and enjoyable summer for your child? Youth ages 6-13 are welcome to participate in sports, games, special events, bus trips, crafts and much more throughout the summer. Participants are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. The more the merrier, so be sure to tell all your friends!

Two enthusiastic playground leaders are waiting for you at each playground site! They will organize daily events to keep the summer fun and interesting. There are special events planned during the summer. These include the Picnic in the Park, Mead Pool Play Day, Children's Week activities, Playground Fair, Breakfast in the Park, Dodgeball Tournament, the Amazing Race and much, much more!

Watch some of the fun events we did in the Playground Program:



Emergency contact information is required for all participants.  Fill out the form on site with the playground leaders or, make it easy, preregister and complete the form in advance by clicking here!

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Is Your Child in Summer School?

The Appleton Parks and Recreation and AASD are partnering for a great program to transition students from summer school to the summer playground program.  Students will participate in supervised lunch at the school site, and a summer school staff member will walk with them to the local park to participate in the Playground Program run through the Appleton Parks and Recreation, which starts at 1:00 p.m. Once at the park, students are under the supervision of the Appleton Park and Rec staff. Registration is required. Download this AASD/Playground Partnership Form, complete and return to the corresponding school c/o Summer School Coordinator.


- Alicia Park -Erb Park - Highview Park - Kiwanis Park - Schaefer Park

- Colony Oaks Park

- Ferber School - Hoover Park - Linwood Park - Vosters Park
- Derks Park - Green Meadows Park - Huntley School - Peabody Park



Appleton Parks and Recreation is proud to offer our VIP ~ Junior Leader Program. This program is intended to offer young adults who are 14 years of age and older with an opportunity to gain both experience and knowledge of the skills it takes to become a leader. VIP Junior Leaders will assist the Playground Leaders in setting a positive example for younger children. To be a Junior Leader, there are certain expectations to follow and various duties that may need to be completed:

Junior Leader Expectations and Duties

Follow and enforce all park rules
Accept and follow through with directives from playground leaders and be a positive role model for all park attendees and park program participants
Commit to and be present at the park on a regular set schedule as well as for special events
Help keep park clean: pick up garbage, sweep/mop shelter floors, etc.
Assist playground leaders in planning and preparing for daily activities
Assist in chaperoning trips and special events as scheduled

If you are interested in applying for this position, click this link for details and then 'apply' to complete an online application.


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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