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.

NEW Universal Playground at Appleton Memorial Park

The first all-inclusive playground in Appleton will be getting an upgrade to its playground equipment.  This beloved city park will receive all new equipment that will continue to be accessible to all abilities.  The playground will close the week of July 6, 2020 to begin construction.  

Pierce Park Playground and Lighting Upgrades

The wet fall and early snow at the end of 2019 forced us to stop construction on the new Pierce Playground, but we will be back at it as soon as possible so you can enjoy the new ADA play structure that includes a zipline, rolling slide, and so much more.  A rubberized play surface will be installed along with new concrete and lighting. We anticipate the project to be completed in May 2020.

Lawe Street Trestle River Trail

Construction is underway turning the abandoned railroad trestle into a trail that will connect Lawe Street to the new Eagle Point Senior Living Complex located at the end of John Street.  As of May 14, 2020 the abutments have been completed with new form liner, rip rap added to control erison and the decking base is being constructed.  Next up is electrical work.  

Memorial Park Trail

A new trail will be constructed on the west side of Memorial Park through to McDonald Street to add more trail distance and quicker access to the park from adjacent neighborhoods. 

Scheig Center Improvements Continue in Appleton Memorial Park

The Parks Department will be continuing the next phase of improvements at the Scheig Center at Appleton Memorial Park.  In 2020, the Scheig Center will be receiving a new parking lot that will include a drive through area near the entrance to make it easier for drop off and pick up during events and programs.

Shade at Telulah Park Skateboard Park

At the skateboard park, a new concrete slab was poured and structure put in place so that an awning can be put up seasonally.  Skateboarders will now have a place to get out of the sun while enjoying the park.

Master Plans

A Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) is a formal document designed to assist communities in the development of park and open space amenities that will satisfy the needs of their citizens. Good planning is essential in making sure these services are provided in an efficient, effective manner.  This document is updated every five years.  

The Appleton Trails Master Plan explores opportunities to enhance and expand multi-modal facilities, for both recreation and transportation purposes within the City of Appleton. New trails and improvements to existing trails will lend to the creation of a network that provides connections to key destinations and recreation opportunities within the city and region. This plan builds on existing proposals and planning efforts and includes the results of a trail audit and stakeholder input to identify and prioritize projects for network expansion.

The Scheig Center was initially founded in 1992 as “The Gardens” and served as a public garden of horticulture and recreation for the Fox Cities. The garden was, and still is, part of the Appleton Memorial Park, which is currently the largest of Appleton’s four community parks.  In the summer of 1996, the Henry & Mary Scheig Learning Center, now officially called the “Scheig Center”, was constructed and opened to the public. The Scheig Center master plan is part of a comprehensive redevelopment plan for
the Appleton Memorial Park as a whole. By integrating these two projects, the City of Appleton will have established a cohesive landscape that supports public functions on both levels for years to come.