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.

Here is a look at some of the great projects that we have planned for 2021:

Appleton Memorial Park parking lot will be reconstructed at the Appleton Ice Center and Universal Playground.  This will be starting Monday, April 26 and expected to be completed around June 6. Here are maps to alternative parking options during the construction.
The trail looping through Pierce Park will be reconstructed with lights and exercise stations will be added.  Construction will start Monday, April 26 which will result in no lighting on the trail until the project is completed.


New Playground Equipment at Linwood Park – expected construction late summer 2021

Design and permitting for the David and Rita Nelson River Crossing. This bridge will connect Ellen Kort Peace Park to Pullmans Restaurant.  This project will go into 2022.
Nelson River Crossing Rendering
Construction of an ADA Fishing Pier at Telulah Park – COMPLETED
Planning and design of a future Pickleball Complex.


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.