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 will be closed at least through September.

Pierce Park Playground and Lighting Upgrades – COMPLETED

Lawe Street Trestle River Trail- COMPLETED

Construction is completed turning the abandoned railroad trestle into a trail that connects Lawe Street to the new Eagle Point Senior Living Complex located at the end of John Street.  There is trail head parking at the end of John Street.

Memorial Park Trail – COMPLETED

Construction is complete 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 Parking Lot Improvements in Appleton Memorial Park – COMPLETED

Completed in June 2020, the Scheig Center received a new parking lot that will includes a drive through area near the entrance to make it easier for drop off and pick up during events and programs.

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.