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.

Jones Park Redevelopment – Completed 8/1/19

When construction of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center started in the fall of 2016, Jones Park had to close. When the exhibition center opened in the winter of 2018, redevelopment of Jones Park began. We are excited to announce the opening of Jones Park on August 1, 2019.  Access to the park is from Lawrence Street as construction of Rocky Bleier Run continues into the fall as 2019.

Here are some of the amenities that the park 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 are 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

Lower Telulah Park Trail Project – Completed 7/19/19

Lower Telulah Trail is NOW open with the completion of the new trail connection from the Marriott Hotel through to Telulah Park.  The project also includes new trailhead parking located just north of the Marriott Hotel along with a retaining wall along the river with stairs, an ADA ramp for access to the river, an ADA canoe/kayak launch, fishing deck, and lighting. 

Scheig Center Improvements Continue in Appleton Memorial Park

The Parks Department will be continuing the next phase of improvements at the Scheig Center. This is the final stage of removing existing paver bricks and installing stamped colored concrete to improve ADA accessibility, eliminate maintenance, and enhance aesthetics. More bollard lighting will also be installed and infrastructure to address stormwater and erosion.

Rendering of New Playground Equipment

Pierce Park Playground and Lighting Upgrades

Pierce Park will receive a brand new playground in 2019 to include new poured-in-place rubber playground surface to make it ADA accessible. The playground will feature amenities for age groups of 2-5 year old and 5-12 year old. The project will also include new lighting for the playground area and throughout the park. 

Linwood Park Basketball, Tennis & Pickleball Court Additions

Linwood Park will be receiving a new basketball court in 2019. Also planned is a new tennis court that will include striping for pickleball. Each of these courts will also receive lights for extended hour play.

Lawe Street Trestle and Edison Street Trestle River Trails

The City will begin permitting and construction on the Lawe Street Trestle that connects the North Island Trail and the Eagle Point Senior Housing Development in the fall of 2019. The City also acquired the Edison Street Trestle from CN Railroad in 2018 and will begin the design process in 2019. We are looking forward to adding these trestle trails to our already extensive trail system!