A community built playground with several levels of activities for the young and old. Fort Fun offers a shelter, four sand volleyball courts and six Horseshoe pits. Fort Fun is adjacent to the Wacouta Aquatic Park.
(Wacouta and Wells Streets) - This 6.3-acre community park has two storage buildings, two backstops and bleachers, two handicapped accessible flush toilets, a partially open-sided picnic shelter, and a new shelter built in 1995. Large groups use this park for gatherings, picnics, fund raising events, Special Olympics programs, independent soccer and the City’s organized summer play and activity program.
A neighborhood park of .9 acres in size, including some off-street parking spaces. The park contains a play apparatus, a picnic shelter, and a basketball court.
BLACKHAWK JUNCTION PARK
(Wisconsin Street and Stuart Lane) – This parcel of land, formerly known as Waterworks Park, approximately one-half city block square, is located next to the water pumping station, and owned by the City. This neighborhood park primarily serves nearby elderly and family housing complexes. The park has some playground equipment and picnic tables.
MICHIGAN AND PARK STREET PARK
This .5 acre neighborhood park property is surrounded by a chain-link fence and includes a basketball court, playground equipment, and a sand volleyball court. This park was improved in 1997.
CECIL SMITH PARK
(Taylor and Michigan Streets) – This 2-acre property is a major softball and baseball field serving the community. The park has two buildings, four dugouts, scoreboards, 10 sets of ballfield lights, two backstops, bleachers, as well as piped water to the field area, and flush toilets.
OLD ROCK SCHOOL
(Marquette Road and Campion Boulevard) – The one-acre plot includes the historic Rock School built in 1858 in the Greek Revival style, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest existing example of a public school building in the area. The first floor of the two-story building has been renovated and is used for public meeting and gatherings. There is playground equipment at this site, serving as a community park. The Veterans Memorial is located at this site.
A park located on the west side of St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River existed as a community park before the floodplain relocation project. Lawler Park continues to have separate identity from the other recreational facilities on St. Feriole Island. This park covers approximately four acres, offering enjoyment of the river and scenic views. The park has a storage building and two large picnic pavilions, playground equipment, electric service, handicapped accessible restrooms, and a public parking area. The park has a rock wall on the river which includes a public boat ramp.
WASHINGTON STREET PARK
(Washington and Main Streets) – This neighborhood park covers approximately 3 acres, located on the mainland along the slough opposite St. Feriole Island. Residential relocation in connection with the floodplain project resulted in this open space. The location is subject to periodic flooding, but the park provides water recreation access and scenic views.
ST. FERIOLE ISLAND MARINA
A city-owned, full service, privately operated, pleasure boat marina is located on the east side of St. Feriole Island at along the slough. The Marina provides docking for approximately 100 vessels and storage facilities for watercraft, gasoline and supplies, toilets, and access to the main channel of the Mississippi River. The north end of the marina has a boat ramp open to the public. (608) 326-8032.
ST. FERIOLE ISLAND
This is a regional park covering most of the island of the same name located in the Mississippi River. Much of this island was developed property, including residences, located in the Mississippi River floodplain. A Corps of Engineers floodplain relocation project has resulted in approximately 240 acres of land cleared of buildings. Five picnic shelters, tables, and running water are available at St. Feriole Park and its related Lawler Park along the river.
The island’s potential for tourism abounds based on its historical significance, and its location for recreational use of the river and surrounding environment. Several distinct and separate recreation facilities exist on the island including Villa Louis, Lawler Park, a marina and bike trails. For more information on the island, click here.