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
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 multi-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.
Lower Telulah Park Trail Project
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.
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.
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. Construction is scheduled to start in either late summer or fall of 2019.
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!