Racine Wisconsin Area Parks
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The Racine area which includes the communities of Racine, Caledonia,
Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant, Wind Point, North Bay, Elmwood Park,
Franksville and extreme eastern Raymond and Yorkville has over 80 parks.
These parks range from small community parks about 0.08 acre to large campgrounds and
bicycle trails up to 378 acres in size. Below is a list of Racine area parks and their addresses -
Note parks do not always have addresses so the closest address is listed
for use in computer mapping programs.
Caledonia - Mt. Pleasant Memorial (Franksville) Park
9700 Northwestern Avenue - Franksville
Home of Franksville's Kraut Festival, this large park has much to offer including picnic tables children's play equipment reservable picnic shelters and hall. This park is also the home of Kid's Connection children's play area.
Carre - Hogle Park
1699 South Main Street
Down along the lake with fantastic views of Lake Michigan and the harbor. This park offers a great place to get away from the city. Fourth of July Fireworks are visible.
Case - Harmon Park
2800 Hamilton Avenue
Originally part of the Case family "Hickory Grove" farm in the 1880's. This park was the home of Jay Eye See, J. I. Case's championship trotter. His place in history was earned when he became the first horse to trot a 2:10 mile, achieving that feat in 1884. Jay-Eye-See earned notoriety from more than just racing. He marketed cigars, plows and bits with his name on them, and was depicted in countless Currier & Ives lithographs. He had his own trading cards, and in his last summer he received a standing ovation at the Wisconsin State Fair. Jay-Eye-See was inducted into the sport's national Hall of Fame as an Immortal in 1990, and in 1997 was inducted into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame that brought him back to the minds of his brethren in Wisconsin.
This park features wide open spaces, children's play equipment, baseball diamond and plenty of room for soccer or football.
1801 Clayton Avenue
Another of the city's many parks along the Root River, this park is across the river from Washington Park and has a canoe launch, bank shore fishing, picnic tables and children's play equipment.
7375 Michna Road
Located high above the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Cliffside Park offers the widest variety of athletic facilities and recreational opportunities of any park in Racine County. Cliffside Park contains one of the area's finest public campgrounds.
County Line Park
8001 County Line Road
Donated to the town of Caledonia by King Ehrlich Reality this park consists of undeveloped park wetland and forest located on the south side of the Racine-Milwaukee County Line.
1001 South Main Street
Located in front of Gateway Technical College, East Park has this is the country's first statue to include Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln visited Racine in the summer of 1867 to inquire about schooling for son Tad.
14700 Washington Avenue - Union Grove
Totaling 66 acres, Evans Park is located 1/4 mile west of I-94 on the north side of State Highway 20. Featuring several non-reservable picnic areas with picnic tables and grills, a small rain shelter, and an unmarked nature-hiking trail. The majority of this park remains undeveloped.
5 Fifth Street
Dedicated in 1987, Festival Hall received a merit award from the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1988. Festival Park also includes a children's play area. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
Five and One Half Mile Park
Near 5½ Mile Road & Charles Street
This future park consists of undeveloped parkland and currently has no access from roads.
Gorney Park (Green Ridge Park)
8201 Nicholson Road - Caledonia
Offering a stocked fishing pond, 2 baseball fields, 2 playgrounds 2 sheltered picnic areas restrooms and trails Gorney Park has much to offer.
James J. Hantschel Park
5350 Byrd Avenue
Named for a Racine Police Officer James J. Hantschel who was killed in the line of duty May 15, 1963. This park offers picnic tables, rain shelter, and children's play equipment.
Robert G. Heck Park (Airport Park)
2899 Donna Avenue
Robert Gerald Heck (1905-1995) worked for the Shaw Shoe Company for two years in Racine, Wisconsin and in Detroit. He then worked for the Walker Manufacturing Company starting as a floor sweeper and ending as a general supervisor in various assembly departments. In 1955 he ran for Alderman of the seventh district in Racine and continued in that position until his retirement in 1989. Many awards and honors were bestowed upon him during his political life. In 1986 the park was named after him.
1648 North Memorial Drive
Horlick Field is a 8,500 seat natural grass football stadium and a well kept baseball park enclosed within limestone walls and chain fences.
The Racine Raiders football team calls Horlick Field their home. One of the oldest teams in the country, the Racine Raiders are thought to have started sometime in the 1940’s but reorganized in 1953. Winners of two USFA National Championships most recently in 1995, their first year in the MCFL.
In 1950 the Racine Belles played at Horlick Field. Led by league sensation Sophie Kurys, the Belles were one of the most prominent AAGBL teams. In 1946, Kurys had a remarkable 201 steals and recorded 1,114 steals in eight years in the AAGBL. The Belles played in the ivy covered, limestone walled Horlick Field in Racine and were known to always keep a supply of malted milk balls in the dugout to give the players energy.
3630 Rapids Court
One of the many parks associated with the Root River Parkway.
Ives Grove Golf Links
14101 Washington Avenue - Sturtevant
This challenging 18-hole championship golf course designed by David Gill and built in 1970 is located 1/4 mile west of I-94 on the south side of State Highway 20. The course features watered bent grass greens, tees and fairways; two practice putting greens; and a practice golf range. Water comes into play on seven holes, requiring strategic shot making and placing a premium on accuracy.
Herbert F. Johnson Park Golf Course
6200 Northwestern Avenue
Along the Root River, this park consists of both a public 18-hole golf course built in 1931and a first rate park that has been host to concerts and community gatherings. With reservable picnic areas, rain shelters, pond, trails, dog run, and children's play equipment Johnson Park is sure to be fun for every member of the family.
Captain Gilbert Knapp Park
1751 Michigan Boulevard
Captain Gilbert Knapp was a lake-boat skipper in the early 19th century. in 1834 he sailed up the mouth of the root river and founded Port Gilbert, which is now the city of Racine. This Park offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the Harbor, North Pier and North Beach. Historical Marker. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
201 Goold Street
Tennis Courts, Children's Play Equipment and a Community Center all add to this park. Located across Gould Street from the Racine Zoological Gardens. Good place to view the Fourth of July Parade.
2701 Dominick Drive
Root River access, 1 Baseball Diamond and the Root River Steelhead Facility - Dedicated in 1993 to insure the continued success of the Lake Michigan trout and salmon fishery. From Spring Street, turn into Lincoln Park on Dominick Drive and follow with Wisconsin DNR signs to the facility.
Lockwood Park (Graceland Park)
4500 Graceland Boulevard
This park has much to offer, Baseball diamonds, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, children's play equipment, community center and a great big hill which is perfect for winter sledding.
M-R-K Off Road Bicycle Trail
1542 Layard Avenue (Start Point)
This 5-mile trail begins at Layard Avenue, just west of Douglas Avenue in Racine and continues north to Seven Mile Road. Through a trail connection, you may want to visit Cliffside Park along the route. Licensed Dogs allowed on 6 foot leash - Owner is responsible for waste removal
Samuel Meyers Beach
6 - 11th Street
On Lake Michigan, this park offers spectacular views of both the lake and shoreline as well as a protected (behind the break wall) beach for swimmers, public boat launch and off shore fishing along the break walls. Fourth of July Fireworks are visible.
1501 Michigan Boulevard
An expansive beach offers swimmers a cool dip in Lake Michigan on a hot summer's day. This large park also offers children's play equipment, concessions, lavatories, changing rooms, and picnic tables. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
North Shore Off Road Bicycle Trail
3103 Durand Avenue (Start Point)
The biking linkage between Racine and Kenosha begins at 19th Street and West Boulevard in Racine and goes south to Highway KR where it connects with Kenosha County for an additional 4 miles. Licensed Dogs allowed on 6 foot leash - Owner is responsible for waste removal
General John J. Pershing Park
700 Pershing Drive
On the shore of Lake Michigan this park offers spectacular views of the lake and harbor. This park has many things to offer: A lighted regulation football field with bleachers (Pershing Field), skateboard park, lavatories, concessions, picnic tables, public boat launch with car/trailer parking and shore fishing. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
300 Water Street
A great place to get away from the city right in down town. Offering wonderful views of the Root River and State Street Bridge, you can also see The Racine County Courthouse and the J. I. Case Building.
2800 Ohio Street
Offering two reservable picnic areas; picnic shelters with electricity, water and lavatories; picnic tables and grills; two baseball diamonds; a regulation soccer field; children's play area and historical monuments.
Pugh Lakefront Area
11 Reichart Court
On the lake this park is tucked away behind the Pugh Marina and offers views of the Harbor, Racine Yacht Club, North Pier and the old Racine Coast Guard Station. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
Quarry Lake Park
3501 Northwestern Avenue
A Mecca for scuba divers! a great place for swimmers looking for spring fed water. Sunbathers love the expansive multi-level terraced beach. Once a limestone quarry, this park has been transformed into one of the finest outdoor swimming and beach facility in the Midwest. Quarry Lake park features an 18 acre lake that's deep, crystal clear and ideal for swimming, scuba diving and fishing. The park also offers picnic areas with grills, a large air-conditioned beach house with changing rooms, lockers, concessions, lavatories and showers. Scuba divers must be certified and pay a registration fee to enter and explore the depths of the Quarry Lake. A daily entrance fee is charged during the swimming season.
Racine Harbor Park
1 Christopher Columbus Causeway
This 16 acre park is located at the end of Christopher Columbus Causeway and is literally located in Lake Michigan with easy access from downtown Racine. This park features an observation deck offering great views of the lake and the city's skyline. The park also features a fish cleaning station, parking for 192 cars. The breakwater and floating docks provide excellent shore fishing. The administration building for the 921 slip marina is located in harbor park this facility houses the Sheriff's Department Water Safety patrol, a restaurant, a boutique and rest rooms. If accessible (this site is often closed during the fireworks) this site offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
Racine - Sturtevant Bicycle Trail
1800 West Boulevard (Start Point)
This trail begins at 19th Street and West Boulevard in Racine where it links with the North Shore Trail and continues Westward to Willow Road in Sturtevant. You may wish to follow the marked connection to Prichard Park along the route. Licensed Dogs allowed on 6 foot leash - Owner is responsible for waste removal
Racine Zoological Gardens
200 Goold Street
The Racine Zoological Gardens located on the north side of downtown covering 32 acres, the Zoo is home to over 250 animals representing 76 species including lions, wolves, rhinos, orangutans, kangaroos and more.
The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day.
Summer Visiting Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) are 9:00am - 8:30pm.
Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day) are 9:00am - 4:30pm
Hours Subject to change for special events
Emstan Hills Road
Largely undeveloped parkland located east of Emstan Hills Road off of Highway 31. No access from roads.
2100 Roosevelt Park Drive
Fantastic views of lake Michigan and access for anglers. This park's picturesque location east of the DeKoven foundation on lake Michigan makes it one of the must sees in the city. Room for soccer or football this park offers a community center, basketball courts. Fourth of July Fireworks are visible from the extreme eastern part of the park along the lake.
Root River Parkway
A group of county parks along the root river mostly undeveloped parkland along the Root River offering bank shore fishing. Access points on Eight Mile Road, Seven Mile Road, Six Mile Road, East River Road, Five Mile Road, Four Mile Road, Shorewood Road, Rapids Drive
Just north of the Horlick dam on the east side of the root river, the county has installed a canoe launch.
4811 Wood Road
This park is for nature lovers! Designated a 30 acre State Scientific Area, Sanders Park offers some of the finest trails featuring some of the best examples of pre-settlement vegetation remaining in Racine County. Over 90 species over indigenous wild flowers are found here and a small creek meanders through the undisturbed forest floor. This park also features 39 individual campsites (35 with electric), four small group campsites, a comfort station with lavatories and showers and a sanitary station for RV campers.
Shoop Park Golf Course
4510 Lighthouse Drive
With the Wind Point Lighthouse just north of the course, this public 9-hole course built in 1920 on the shores of Lake Michigan is a picturesque setting for golfer and artist alike. Fourth of July Fireworks are visible, although far away.
Samuel Skewes Memorial Park
15084 Spring Street - Union Grove
Located 1/2 mile west of I-94 on the south side of Spring Street. The many Black walnut trees in the park were planted by Samuel Skewes at age 84 in 1898 from nuts. The park was part of the Skewes family farm and was later donated to the county in memory of Samuel Skewes. This park though having limited parking features picnic tables, grills, a historical monument and pit toilets.
Village Park (East)
3??? - 86th Street - Sturtevant
A small neighborhood park featuring children's play equipment
Washington Park Golf Course
2801 - 12th Street
The beautiful park along the Root River is a public 9-hole Bent grass course with water in play, built in 1920. This course in central Racine is easily accessed from almost anywhere in the city.
Wind Point Lighthouse
4739 Lighthouse Drive
The famous Wind Point Lighthouse has inspired many artists. Located north of the Shoop Park Golf Course the Lighthouse offers the perfect subject for painters and photographers. The Lighthouse buildings now house the Wind Point Police Department. The Lighthouse has been sealed by the coast guard and is not open to the public, however visitors are welcome to walk the Lighthouse grounds and shore. Fourth of July Fireworks are visible, although far away.
2199 Michigan Boulevard
The beach at lake Michigan by the Racine Zoo. Access to this beach means walking down a very steep staircase at the corner of Michigan Boulevard and Goold Street. Offers a great view of the Fourth of July Fireworks.
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