City Parks

Dave Fry
Park Foreman/City Forester

1100 N. Jefferson Street
P: 608-647-8108 ex. 2

E: parksmaintenance@richlandcenter.com

 

Parks Map

Park Rules

Ord 2013-8 202.011 re dogs on city property

 

Temporary Events

All temporary events held on City Property, Streets, Parks, or in the Community Center must fill out a “Wisconsin Temporary Event Operator and Seller Information” form. Businesses must provide a Certificate of Insurance form listing the City of Richland Center as additional insured. List all vendors attending the event showing the Legal name; business name; address; city; state; zip code; home, business and cellular telephone numbers along with a brief description of what they are selling. Any vendor selling food or providing bounce houses, animals, climbing walls or any other dangerous activities, is required to provide these forms. The discretion on the requirement for a certificate of insurance will be determined by the City Clerk’s Office. Form, list of vendors and insurance certificates must be returned to the City Clerk a minimum of 5 days before the event. Wisconsin Department of Revenue reporting must be completed as soon as possible but no later than 10 days from the event closing.

s-240f Wisconsin Temporary Event Operator and Seller Information Form

 

 

Any group or organization wishing to serve and consume alcoholic beverages in the Park must obtain a RC Park Permit to Serve Alcohol. This permit can be obtained at the Community Center/Parks & Grounds Office. There is no cost for this permit. Hours for these permits are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, or by an appointment.

Beer Shelter permit

 

 

 

 

Krouskop Park- 1050 N. Orange St.

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Krouskop Park  is the largest of the city parks spanning 37.5 acres. As of 2012, the park is home to the new Community & Senior Center that is available for reservations.

The park is equipped with seven reservable shelters, two with enclosed restrooms, and has handicap accessible picnic tables. It has two lighted softball fields, three lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, one basketball court, an 18-Hole frisbee golf course, a soccer & football field, two Gazebos, horseshoe pits, a variety of playground equipment for all ages and vast open areas for picnicking or events. 5 new self-registering RV sites have been added with electric/water hookups available, primitive sites are in the works. Upon availability and for an additional fee, ball fields may be reserved up to two weeks in advance. Picnic Kits & Volleyball kits are available for rent. The Pine River dike provides a paved, handicapped accessible, multi-use recreational path through the park extending more than two miles through the community that hooks up to the Pine River Recreation Trail, where you can walk, ride or snowmobile approximately 15 miles to Lone Rock on an old railroad bed. The Pine River borders the park & has several canoe access ports, as well as fishing spots. Take a walk along the river on the moved trails that border each side, through the prairie grasses. It’s a nature lover’s delight! Take a dip in the outdoor pool facility, that houses a diving, lap & kiddie pool. Daily & summer passes are available for purchase. In the winter months, the Dr. Meyer shelter serves as a warming house beside the outdoor ice rink & full-size hockey rink.  Snowshoes & Poles are available for rent. Krouskop Park is also home to several large events, including RC Thunderfest Independence Day Celebration,  the annual Walk With GRACE & Rotary Lights.

The Joan Woodman Orton Mccollum Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion was recently built by some of our amazing community members to have a gathering place/performance venue in a park setting, where families could come to be entertained by their neighbors. What a wonderful addition to our lovely park!

 

 

North Park- 1341 Allison Park Dr.

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North Park is the 2nd largest of the city parks spanning 12.5 acres on the north side of the Pine River. The park is equipped with two reservable shelters (one has a concession stand), port-a-potties, and has handicap accessible picnic tables. It has one softball diamond, one baseball diamond (both are lighted), five soccer fields (two are lighted) & a variety of playground equipment for all ages. There are vast open spaces available for large family gatherings or weddings. The local churches old an annual worship service in the park. There is a walk-bridge that links to Krouskop Park and all of its amenities. Upon availability and for an additional fee, Softball & Soccer fields may be reserved up to two weeks in advance. Picnic Kits are available for rent.

 

North Park West- Kiwanis Fields

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North Park West is equipped with two softball diamonds and a soccer field and is accessible from the grassy drive at the end of the North Park parking lot.

 

 

North Park Pond- 1600 N. Main St.

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North Park Pond is nestled on 3.5 acres and is a drainage reservoir for the Pike River dike, and is stocked with a variety of pan fish. The Youth Fishing Derby is held here annually. Recent additions to the lake include the handicapped accessible shelter & parking area in 2004 and aerators & fountains in 2005. The shelter is equipped with water and electric, and has a port-a-pottie for your convenience.  The park is located off Highway 80 north at the entrance to Allison Park.  A 10 foot eagle was carved out of an old elm tree at the entrance of the park.

 

 

North Park Eagle

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Our National Mascot proudly stands watch over our community parks from where it is perched.  It was cut and carved out of an old elm tree into a breathtaking ten foot eagle at the entrance to the pond, in memory of Lieutenant Colonel William W. Hall.  David Bartz was instrumental in spearheading the project and it was made possible by the many donations made by members of our community.  Carving was done by Zoli’s Woodcarving out of Monroe, WI.

www.zoliswoodcarving.com

 

 

 

 

Old Mill Pond Park- 600 W. Seminary St.

The park is 3.5 acres at the site of the original Community Center. A picnic shelter, graciously donated and built by the RCHS Class of 68, Mill Pond Community Gardens, 5 RV/Camper spots with water/electric as well as primitive campsites are available. Newly installed Playground equipment and picnic benches available. Basketball, tetherball and horseshoe pits are in the proposed 2018 plans. The Pine River is ADA Accessible for fishing and canoe/kayak port number four of five. Port-a-potty on site. Parking is available.

 

 

 

Lions Park-23595 State Hwy 80 N.

The Carl Chellevold shelter is located in Lions Park just off Highway 80, near Industrial Park Road. There is a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and a port-a-potty available. It borders the Pine River and has a canoe port, number two of five, if starting at Bowen’s Mill. The shelter is equipped with electric, but does not have water. Future plans are to have playground equipment for the kids. It is home to the Pine River Raceway, a new course built for radio controlled cars & trucks. Track is open to the public from 10am till dusk. Raceway was built and maintained by Main Street Hobby & Bike Shop.

 

Strickland Park- 391 N. Pearl St.

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Strickland Park is nestled in a small east side neighborhood on .3 acres, near the Richland Hospital & Medical Center. There is playground equipment and scenic open picnic areas for your enjoyment. The park is ADA accessible. The park is located at the base of Miner Hill Trails with a steep entry. Strickland Park does not take reservations.

 

Miner Hill Trails Park/Tower Hill

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Miner Hill Trails Park has walking & hiking trails that encompass 50 acres of scenic wonder revealed along a trail that wanders past five overlooks, through woods and open meadows,  and past an old quarry site, to the top of a bluff with a panoramic view of the city and countryside spreading out in the valley below.  All trail overlooks are railed. The trails are complete with signs & areas for picnicking. There are six trails to choose from, ranging from 1/5 mile to 4/5 mile distances. Strickland Trail (1/5 mile) begins at the base of Strickland Park, with parking & playground equipment. You can also park & connect with Tower Drive Trail if you follow Court Street East.  Here and there along the way, hikers will find resting and picnic spots for a leisurely pause on the trail. Miner Hill Trails Park does not take reservations.

Miner Hill Trails Brochure

 

West Side Park- 515 N. Grove St.

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West Side Park is nestled in a housing area on 3 acres, located on the west bank of the Pine River, near the entrance of the historic Maple Side Walking Bridge. The footbridge provides west side residents with easy access to downtown. The park is home to the Rotary Gardens. There is playground equipment and scenic open picnic areas for your enjoyment. The park is ADA accessible. There is access to the Pine River trails as well.  West Side Park does not take reservations.

 

Rotary Gardens

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A large perennial flower garden with benches, trails and trellis on the west side of town by Westside Park.

 

 

 

 

Mapleside Footbridge

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Constructed in 1912 by Otto Klinzing. Funded by Charles Parfrey, F.O. Smith & Grant Miner. Most of the bridge was swept away in the flood of 1951. It was rebuilt by the city in 1954. Some of the original lumber and pilings are still in place.

Petite Roche Prairie/Mill Pond

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A 37 acre prairie restoration project was started in 2003 in the drained lake bed next to the Pine River. Half of the 37 acres on the south side was randomly planted with a variety of native prairie flowers. A wildlife Wetland Scrape has been added to the north part of the lake bed, with enhanced wildlife watching areas. Walking trails run along the Pine River and an additional nine holes were added to the frisbee golf course throughout the prairie.

 

Wedgewood Park- Bohmann Dr.

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Wedgewood Park was developed in the summer of 2004 and encompasses 30 acres. It is divided into two parks, Wedgewood North & Wedgewood South. This land is adjacent to the Pine River and has about 2 miles of hiking trails, fishing areas, picnic shelter and tables, benches, signage maps and a parking lot. A large sitting area with a perennial bed, adjacent to a senior housing complex had been completed.

Wedgewood Park North

Wedgewood Park South

 

 

Woodman “Happy Tails” Dog Park- N. Industrial Dr.

The Woodman Happy Tails Dog Park is located near 151 Industrial Drive. The park is currently about 2 acres in size and will include shaded rest areas for dogs and their owners. Currently includes benches, a water fountain, waste receptacles and a port-a-potty. There is plenty of room for your dog to run, fetch, sniff around in the grass, and socialize with other dogs. There are separate areas for large and small dogs to play safely. The park is open year-round and has a security light for night use.

Educational Parks

 

City Arboretum- US Hwy 14 (between Seminary St. and Main St.)

The Arboretum was established in 2003 with matching funds from an Urban Forest DNR Grant. At that time, 134 trees of 71 different species were planted. Since then, the Arboretum has been expanded to include 200 trees and over 100 shrubs. It is designed for self-guided tours 7 days a week. Each tree is labeled with a brief explanation. The Arboretum is located off Highway 14 near the City’s original location of the Waste Water Treatment plant next to the Pine River.

Arboretum Brochure

 

Ocooch Living History Gardens- 270 N. Orange St.

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The gardens are composed of low maintenance plants including hostas, iris, tree peonies, poppies, tulips, daffodils and day lilies, creating a long blooming season. This was created to be a botany garden of the highest aesthetic value, including two water features. Interpretive signage is included to educate visitors on the natural and Native American culture of the area.

 

 

Please call (608)647-8108 for additional information. Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our office is located in the Community Center at 1050 North Orange Street, Richland Center, WI 53581.