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No Ordinary Park System

Many communities boast parks and protected greenspace. But in Kaukauna, it’s not just another city amenity; it’s a way of life. With over 450 acres of park and greenspace, miles of the mighty Fox River, the 1000 Islands Conservancy and Eagle Days – this is no ordinary park system. From the beginning, the city developed around its natural assets, leaving room for nature to thrive. In return, nature has provided for the city as well, from educational wildlife sanctuaries to hydropower utilities, and beyond.

The City of Kaukauna features 35 City-owned parks and open spaces, which have been classified as one of three types of parks (regional, local, or neighborhood), or one of two types of open spaces (urban or natural). There are a number of privately owned and operated open spaces, as well as school-owned parks that contribute an additional 270 acres of parks and open spaces. These 35 open spaces make up 458 acres of dedicated park and open space in the City limits and feature a wide range of setting, amenities and natural environments.

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REGIONAL PARKS

Regional Parks are among the City’s largest parks and have unique features that serve as a draw beyond the residents of Kaukauna, but for the greater region. These parks feature on-site parking lots, almost all include year-round accessible indoor restrooms, and are large enough in size to support events in the community. Several of these regional parks feature onsite educational and cultural programming and are utilized in partnership with local educational institutions.

1000 Islands Environmental Center

This regional destination features natural education and wildlife viewing. The Nature Center features educational programs and exhibits, and the conservancy includes miles of trails for walking and hiking and a kayak launch.

Address – 1000 Beaulieu Court, Kaukauna

*Rentable Pavilion

Amenities

  • Shade Trees
  • Walking/Hiking Trails
  • Playground Equipment
  • Parking Lot
  • Sitting Area
  • Educational Programs
  • Rentable Pavilion
  • Kayak Launch
  • Fishing Access

Kaukauna Dog Park

This regional park caters to dogs large and small with a variety of play areas and a water feature. Dogs Welcome

Address – 366 Farmland Court, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Shade Trees
  • Sitting Area

Doty Bayorgeon Recreation Area

A regional park featuring softball diamonds, a football field, running track, and a concession stand with restrooms, this area is a key destination for middle school football and regional softball events.

Address – 700 Dodge Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Pavilion/Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Football Field
  • Parking Lot
  • Ball Diamonds
  • Running Track

Grignon Mansion

A 19th century historic house museum which hosts educational and cultural programs on-site.  Tours of the Mansion are held seasonally, and the grounds are open year-round.

Address – 1313 Augustine Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Historic Markers
  • Educational Programs
  • Community Events
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours

Horseshoe Valley Park

Home to Gerow Field, this popular regional park includes baseball diamonds, concession stand, pavilion with indoor restrooms, playground equipment, a seasonal ice skating rink, and a connection to the Konkapot Trail.

Address – 220 E. 12th Street, Kaukauna

*Rentable Pavilion

Amenities

  • Baseball Diamonds
  • Rental Pavilion
  • Playground Equipment
  • Trail Connection
  • Concession Stand
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Seasonal Ice Skating Rink

Hydro Park

One of the City’s most popular parks and home to the LIVE! from Hydro Park summer concert series. Featuring a pavilion with restrooms and interactive educational kiosks, this regional park offers a unique natural space in the heart of the City.

Address – 100 Crooks Avenue, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Biking/Walking Trails
  • Pavilion/Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Lot
  • Education Kiosks

Municipal Pool and Archery Range

Cool off at this zero-depth entry pool with high-dive and water slide.  Available for private events of groups of 50+. Volleyball and playground equipment also available on-site.

Address – 607 Dodge Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Restrooms
  • Parking Lot
  • Playground Equipment
  • Concessions
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Pool

Local Parks

Local Parks are smaller than the City’s regional parks, and serve as a destination primarily for local residents. These parks often feature on-site parking lots, some include year-round accessible indoor restrooms, and many feature rentable park shelters/pavilions for small events. Some of these parks feature unique amenities only available in one park, such as the City’s disc golf course, youth rock climbing wall, soccer fields, or skateboard park features.

Glenview Park

Playground equipment and a sitting area with shade trees are featured in this local park.

Address – 130 W. 17th Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Shade Trees
  • Picnic Area

Grignon Park (Upper and Lower)

The City’s largest sledding hill is located in this local park which also features a disc golf course, a pavilion with concession stand, and indoor restrooms and the municipal soccer fields.

Address – 233 Plank Road, Kaukauna (Upper)

Amenities

  • Disc Golf Course
  • Restrooms
  • Soccer Fields
  • Playground Equipment
  • Pavilion
  • Concession Stand
  • Sledding Hill
  • Picnic Area

Jonen Park

A local park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball court, playground equipment, and a sledding hill perfect for younger children.

Address – 3149 Fieldcrest Drive, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Sledding Hill
  • Playground Equipment
  • Parking Lot
  • Seasonal Restrooms

La Follette Park

A local park with playground equipment, basketball court, a rental pavilion with indoor restrooms and grills, all with a beautiful view of the Fox River.

Address – 220 Park Street, Kaukauna

*Rentable Pavilion

Amenities

  • Rental Pavilion
  • Parking Lot
  • Basketball Court
  • Picnic Area with Grills
  • Restrooms

Riverside Park

One of the City’s most popular, this park is home to Lambie Field baseball facility with concessions, a rental pavilion with restrooms, a fishing pier and boat launch, and a children’s rock climbing wall all under a canopy of old growth shade trees.

Address – 1029 Riverside Drive, Kaukauna

*Rentable Pavilion

Amenities

  • Pavilion/Shelter
  • Picnic Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Playground Equipment
  • Restrooms
  • Parking Lot
  • Fishing Pier
  • Baseball Field

Skate Park

Located in the center of downtown, this local park features equipment for skateboarders of all levels along with a sitting area to view the action.

Address – 147 W. 2nd Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Skateboard Features
  • Sitting Area

Neighborhood Parks

Neighborhood Parks are the City’s smallest designated parks, and serve primarily as destinations for neighborhood residents. These parks often feature on-street parking, but none of them have designated parking lots. The majority of targeted users of these parks are able to walk to them. These parks feature limited amenities that are non-specialized, such as playground equipment, and in some cases grills and ball diamonds. Several of these parks have small shelter areas for picnics or small gatherings but are not available to be reserved and are available for use on a first come, first serve basis.

Anderson Park

One of the City’s newest, this neighborhood park features playground equipment, a sitting area, and open space.

Address – 1900 Peters Road, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Open Space
  • Picnic Area

Fieldcrest Park

A neighborhood park with playground equipment, a sitting area and a small shelter.

Address – 100 Frances Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Shade Trees
  • Picnic Area

Haas Road Park

This future neighborhood park will include playground equipment, a sitting area and a small shelter.

Address – County Rd. CE, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Sitting Area

Little Tykes Tot Lot

A neighborhood park geared towards the City’s youngest residents featuring playground equipment and a sitting area.

Address – 1826 Travis Lane, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Sitting Area

Strassburg Park

Small children will enjoy the playground equipment at this neighborhood park along with the picnic area, grass space and baseball diamond.

Address – 1700 Green Bay Road, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Picnic Area with Grills
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Playground Equipment
  • Open Space

Thelen Park

This neighborhood park features playground equipment, baseball diamond, a shaded sitting area with grills and Revolutionary War historical marker.

Address – 1401 Thelen Avenue, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Historical Marker
  • Picnic Area
  • Shade Trees

White City Park

Named after the predominate color of area homes constructed in the late 1800’s to house employees of Thilmany Pulp and Paper, this neighborhood park is known for its old growth shade trees and small sledding hill.

Address – 210 Ducharme Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Playground Equipment
  • Open Space
  • Shade Trees
  • Sledding Hill

Natural Open Space

Natural open spaces is another new classification for the City of Kaukauna and describes a type of designated natural space that is largely unprogrammed and undeveloped. These spaces may feature natural recreation, such as wildlife viewing, fishing, non-motorized boating, or unimproved trails for walking/running.

Central Park

In close proximity to downtown and the future trail network, this open space features old growth trees and spectacular views of both the Fox River and the Badger Power Canal.

Address – 103 Main Avenue, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Open Space
  • Parking Lot

Kelso Park and Pond

Walking trails surround the pond in this natural open space. Fish from shore or non-motorized watercraft or enjoy the view from sitting areas near the water.

Address – 2801 Progress Way, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Grass Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pond
  • Sitting Area
  • Fishing Pier
  • Wildlife Viewing

Konkapot Trail/Preserve

Featuring gravel trails through calm nature spaces along the Konkapot Creek and connecting downtown parks with the “CE” Trail —dogs are welcome on-leash.

Address – Trailhead (with parking) located at corner of Dodge Street and Island Street

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Biking/Walking Trails
  • Shelter
  • Parking Lot (Dodge Street)
  • Dog-Friendly

Nature View Park

A natural open space, this park features grassy trails and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Address – 401 E. Farmland Drive, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Grass Trails

Quarry Point Park

A natural open space, this park features an open area for fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing.

Address – 401 Elm Street, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Open Space
  • Water Views
  • Sitting Area
  • Fishing

Rapid Croche Picnic Area

A natural open space, this picnic area features an open area for fishing, wooded trails and a pavilion with grills for gatherings.

Address – W 214 County Rd. ZZ, Buchanan

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Open Space
  • Water Views
  • Grass Trails
  • Grills
  • Sitting Area
  • Fishing
  • Pavilion/Picnic Area
  • Seasonal Restrooms

Thilwerth Park

Historic kiosks are featured in this natural open space along with fishing, a sitting area, and an asphalt trail connection.

Address – 301 Catherine Street, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Open Space
  • Water Views
  • Trail Connection
  • Educational Kiosks
  • Sitting Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Fishing
  • Parking Lot

Trestle Park

This natural open space features limited access for experienced kayakers to take on the rapids section of the Fox River.  Contact Kaukauna Utilities for release dates and directions on accessing the launch.

Address – Launch accessible from parking under Lawe Street Bridge, next to River View Middle School (101 Oak Street)

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Kayak Launch
  • Water Views

Van Epern Park and Pond

Walking trails surround the pond perfect for fishing from shore or non-motorized watercraft.

Address – 3650 Electric City Blvd, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Grass Trail
  • Parking Lot
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Pond
  • Fishing

Urban Open Space

Urban open spaces is a new classification for the City of Kaukauna and describes a type of designated open space that has been largely emerging as an amenity of a revitalized downtown. Urban open spaces include plazas, parks that might have been referred to in the past as ‘pocket parks’, or memorials. In Kaukauna, these spaces are entirely in the central business district or near downtown vicinity and are intended primarily to be accessed on foot. These spaces often feature scenic views, public art installations and memorials of significance within the community. These spaces do not include traditional park infrastructure like shelters or playground equipment, but rather invite users to take in natural views, interpret public art, or to experience a meaningful memorial

Eagle Plaza

An urban open space featuring an eagle sculpture pays homage to Kaukauna’s eagle habitat. Eagle Plaza connects to the Main Avenue pedestrian bridge, the farmers market site, Central Park, and the future Power Canal Trail.

Address – Main Ave at Power Canal, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Sitting Area
  • Public art
  • Trail Connection

Friends and Family Sculpture Garden and Heritage Parkway Trail

Unique interactive sculptures are featured in this urban open space along with sitting areas with scenic views of the Fox River—all adjoining an asphalt trail.

Address – 157 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Kaukauna

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Biking/Walking Trails
  • Water Views
  • Sitting Area

Fassbender Park

An urban open space with sitting area and shade trees. Kaukauna High School’s Civic Engagement Class worked to revitalize this park. Click here for more details.

Address – 320 Crooks Avenue, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Sitting Area
  • Shade Trees
  • Amphitheater

Nelson Family Heritage Crossing

This new trail will connect the downtown Kaukauna trail network with the Village of Little Chute park and trail network. The trail connects via a pedestrian bridge spanning the Fox River.

Address – Trail accessible from Eagle Plaza (Kaukauna) or Heesakker Park in Village of Little Chute

*Leashed Dogs Welcome

Amenities

  • Bike/Walking Trails
  • Fishing
  • Water Views

Gathering of the Pike Plaza

Located outside the public library, this urban open space will feature access to a future trail network, beautiful river views and opportunities for wildlife and public art viewing.

Address – 207 Thilmany Road, Kaukauna (along Fox River)

Amenities

  • Trail Connection
  • Water Views
  • Public Art
  • Sitting Area
  • Wildlife Viewing

Interactive Learning Garden at the Kaukauna Public Library

This truly unique learning space for all ages features outdoor classrooms on art, archeology, biology, history, music and literature, along with an amphitheater for outdoor performances and educational programs.

Address – 207 Thilmany Road, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Sitting Area
  • Educational Programming
  • Public Art

Vaudette Plaza

An urban open space, this park includes a sitting area to take in the activity of downtown Kaukauna.

Address – Corner of Crooks Avenue and 2nd St, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Sitting Area
  • Trail Connection

Veterans Memorial Park and Ring of Honor

The Veterans Memorial Park and Ring of Honor recognize Kaukauna veterans who served their country. The space is open year-round for individuals to make a remembrance and features a seating area. Click here for more details on this park, including a listing of memorial bricks.

Address – 420 Lawe Street, Kaukauna

Amenities

  • Sitting Area
  • Historic Marker
  • Parking Lot

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Contact

For more information about Park Rentals, please contact the Recreation Department at 920-766-6335.

For more information about special events, click the link to the left, or email questions to [email protected].