Blackhawk Junction Mall donates to Local Park
Blackhawk Junction Mall gives back to the community. The merchants at Blackhawk Junction Mall are upgrading the park formerly known as Waterworks Park. The park is located directly behind Blackhawk Junction to the east on Wisconsin St. They presented a 3year plan to the city council and Park Committee for approval. Once approved the park was re-named to Blackhawk Junction Park for common usage identification.
Blackhawk Junction is committed to the ongoing support of the Park. The 3-year plan included upgrading, purchasing new equipment, labor and maintenance. Recently two new pieces of playground equipment was installed. "We wanted to give back to the community in which we do business and enhance the appearance of our neighborhood," stated Jenny Coleman of Blackhawk Junction. Along with the new equipment, the old playground equipment was given a fresh look with bright new paint and 6 picnic tables was added to the park. True Value donated new wood chips for all the equipment and Blackhawk Junction donated all the labor costs' for the upgrading and installation.
is also a proud sponsor of the Park and Rec. Department's
Movies In The Park. On July 20th, the movie will be held at
Blackhawk Junction Park and will feature Shrek Forever
After. Round up the family, bring a blanket and check out
the newly upgraded park in Prairie du Chien.
FARM PARK -
HOFFMAN HALL -
CHARLES WACOUTA AQUATIC PARK -
FORT FUN -
- O'BRIEN PARK
MICHIGAN AND PARK STREET PARK -
CECIL B. SMITH MEMORIAL BALL PARK -
OLD ROCK SCHOOL
- LAWLER PARK
STREET PARK -
ST. FERIOLE ISLAND MARINA -
ST. FERIOLE PARK
FERIOLE ISLAND BALL PARK -
PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES
LARIVIERE PARK - La Riviere Farm Park Brochure
This sprawling 300 acre farm was donated to the City in 1977 by Dan La Riviere who specified how it was to be used with an emphasis on the public enjoyment of the natural habitat. The park is administered separately from the City park system by a City Council appointed La Riviere Farm Park Committee.
The Farm Park offers a Boy Scout camp area, primitive group camping, a horse-camp area, and marked hiking and biking trails. In the winter, cross-country ski trails are marked, and there is a toboggan slope. The Farm Park has electricity and running water at some locations, as well as pit toilets. Toilets and many of the areas of the park are handicap accessible. Recent improvements completed at the Farm Park are the construction of a new picnic shelter with provision for tying horses at the shelter, improvements and expansion of both the equestrian and human hiking trails, and an improved visitor’s display building.
The Farm Park’s large area, varied and specialized usage creates a long list of needs. Special attention to trails, trail maintenance, and equipment and trail signs needed. Items to be added at the park include flush toilets, hydrants and heat at the nature center, well for the horse camp, and additional picnic areas. Buildings needed at this park are a garage and storage shed. The park also needs increased parking and picnic areas.
This facility has an indoor pool, gymnasium, wrestling/aerobics room, 500 lockers, and a lounge area with a kitchen. There are also 4 fenced tennis courts located just west of Hoffman Hall on South Wacouta Avenue. Tennis courts will be lighted in the near future.
Hoffman Hall was opened in 1963, and was named after famed Coach William Hoffman, who coached teams in several sports over 41 years, winning nearly 70 percent of his games. It was originally constructed as part of the Campion High School campus, and was later sold to to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. They operated the campus as Martin Luther Prepatory School from 1979 to 1995. The State of Wisconsin purchased the facility in 1995, and converted it to a Juvenile Correctional Institution for non-assaultive male youthful offenders. It currently operates as a medium security correctional facility within the Division of Adult Institutions. Hoffman Hall has remained outside the prison facility during this time.
(608) 326-2985 -
Hoffman Hall Informational Brochure
(Wells and Sixteenth Streets) – This community park, covering approximately two acres, is the location of the municipal outdoor swimming pool complex. The fenced in complex includes a children’s pool, plunge pool with slide, and a zero-depth swimming pool with diving hopper as well as bath house and a picnic shelter. The complex is accessible to handicapped individuals. The park offers swimming for enjoyment and organized programs. A volleyball area is also located for pleasure and tournament use. The facility is staffed by the City.
On Tuesday, July 12th at Wacouta Aquatic Park ,the City of Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation Departments Lifeguards, with the support of the Prairie du Chien Police and Interstate EMS, practiced their emergency skills in a mock drowning. The accident victim “Buddy” was successfully rescued by Janet Steiner, Ellen Nelson, and Lee Sippola (shown in picture). Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich commented that the entire staff regularly train on skills under the direction of Lifeguard Instructor Megan Pedretti and Aquatic Coordinator Suzette Cunningham and feel it’s important to continue to “practice what we preach. It’s also important to get together with other agency’s for a different perspective and how to interact if emergencies arise." Police Chief Abram and EMS Provider Dan Kusmaul felt the staff responded very efficient and thoroughly .
Director Ulrich said it has been a great year for swimming at the pool, but the bottom line is we want to have a safe environment so the kids can enjoy their time at the pool and the parents can feel comfortable sending them.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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 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.
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.
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.
This newly built facility features two lighted softball fields and one lighted baseball field. A large concession stand and handicap restrooms are available for games and tournaments. A shelter is available near the complex.
This newly constructed building is built overlooking the Mississippi River. Decorative stained glass windows adorn the building. The building will be an interpretation center for the City of Prairie du Chien.
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