Village of Caledonia 5043 Chester Lane, Racine, WI 53402

Parks & Trails


Park shelters at Gorney, Crawford and Linwood Park are available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are for the shelter only and do not have exclusive rights to the playground equipment or other areas of the park. Renter will be held responsible for any damages and/or clean-up that are required after the event. Hours of use are sunrise to sunset. For park availability call the Village Hall at 262-835-4451.

Joint Park shelters and hall can also be reserved. For assistance in rentals and information contact Jim Svboda at 262-886-0352 or email at jsvoboda@caledoniawi.com

Please help us keep the parks safe and clean!
The Caledonia Parks and Recreation Commission requests your help in maintaining the beauty of the Caledonia area parks. Please report any vandalism, unsafe structures, public intoxication or questionable behavior as soon as possible to the Caledonia Police Department 886-2300. For an emergency dial 911.


 Chapla Park

One of Caledonia's smallest parks, Chapla Park's 8.9 acres are nonetheless full of spectacular vistas, as it is located along the shores of Lake Michigan. The park has a number of benches overlooking the lake as well as trails leading down to the shoreline.  CLICK FOR PHOTOS

 

 


Crawford Park

Caledonia's newest park, this 17.9 acre park opened to the public in August of 2002 and achieved the 2003 Park Design Award of Merit from the WisconsinPark and Recreation Association Park Section. The land had been purchased several years earlier at the cost of $9,000 per acre. It is located behind the Greentree Mall at 5043 Chester Lane.This park contains 2 ball diamonds, a neighborhood playground, a shelter that can accommodate 100 people, has electricity & running water, flushing toilets (when reserved), walking trails, 2 tennis courts, 2 half court basketball courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, large playground located near the shelter and an area for smaller children. CLICK FOR PHOTOS.


Gorney Park

Originally known as the Gravel Pit, the 40 acre, T-shaped parcel was purchased by the Town in the early 1960s. Located on the east side of Nicholson Road between 7 Mile Road and the county line, Gorney was opened in 1965, the same year as Linwood Park. It continued to be known as the Gravel Pit until 1974 when it was named Greenridge Park by Monica Laudenbach. Greenridge became Gorney Park in the late 1990s in recognition of Lawrence Gorney, who served as chairman of Caledonia's Parks Commission for many years and was instrumental in establishing the Town's excellent parks system.

The park has 2 ball diamonds, 2 playgrounds, 2 shelters (available for rent) with electricity, 2 soccer fields (1 full size, 1 practice field), walking trails, and a handicapped accessible fishing pier on a beautiful, fish-stocked pond which will make you want to come back for more fun. The Upper shelter is near the ball diamonds and playgrounds with a portable toilet. The Lower shelter is near the pond with an outhouse. Each shelter has picnic talbes and 1-2 grills for use. CLICK FOR PHOTOS


Joint Park

 

The Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Park is located at 9614 Hwy K in Franksville, WI. and is available on an area rental basis. This park is jointly owned by the Villages of Caledonia and Mount Pleasant. This 55 acre park dedicated in 1952 features 5 covered picnic shelters and a small banquet hall that is rentable year round. This park hosts a variety of events from movies in the park, Relay for Life, Greater Racine Kennel dog show, Labor Fest and of course the world famous Kraut Music Festival on Father’s Day weekend. The Park Commission collaborates with other area organizations to bring activities that every resident can enjoy. Take the time to visit and admire the 100 year old oak tree’s behind the main hall or enjoy a picnic lunch as the children play on the kid-designed 20,000 square foot Kids Connection Community Built playground located  within the park. Check out the parks Facebook page for upcoming events as well as our website coming online shortly. General park info can be made by calling the park directly at 262-886-0352 or by email at jsvoboda@caledoniawi.com  CLICK FOR PHOTOS

 


Linwood Park

Located on a scenic piece of property along the west bank of the Root River and just north of 5 Mile Road, Linwood Park has a rather inauspicious origin. The land was originally used by Caledonia as the town dump. Opened in 1965, the park was initially only five acres in size and was the first park fully owned and operated by the Town of Caledonia. A naming contest for the park was held in 1968 and Mrs. Otto Lorence and Mrs. Leroy Schmidt were declared winners. They both suggested the name Linwood Park as a fitting testimony to the area's large and influential Bohemian community. Caledonia continued to add to the size of Linwood Park, and today it encompasses 17.8 acres. It has a shelter, 5 picnic tables, benches, and access directly to the Root River. The Caledonia Historical Society has relocated the Old Town Hall and the Old Sturtevant Train Depot next to the park. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.


Maple Park

Maple Park is a 5 acres parcel of land that was turned over to the Village in the fall of 2006. It is located off Johnson Avenue in the Maple Park Subdivision and provides the residential development with the guaranteed green space and a playground for children.  CLICK FOR PHOTOS

 

 
 


Nicholson Wildlife Refuge

Caledonia's largest village owned and operated park, Nicholson Wildlife Center is a 127.4 acre wildlife refuge located east of Highway H between 4 and 5 Mile Road in the Caledonia pocket region. The center is primarily undeveloped marshland along Hoosier Creek with a wide variety of birds and small game calling the area home. Plands to aquire more land from farmers in the region were initiated in 1973, with the original goal being to purchase 200 acres. Much of the money to purchase the land, roughly 80%, was to come from state and federal sources. Unfortunately, bureaucratic tie-ups at those levels prevented the proposal from going forward until 1975 when an initial parcel of 25 acres was purchased. An additional 66 acres were added in July of 1976 and the wildlife center was named and opened to the public that year.

More land was aquired over the next several years, until Nicholson reached its current size in the 1980s. In 1983 a 2-1/2 mile loop was added to the park. The trail was dedicated to Louise Erickson, a long time resident of North Racine who has been a driving force in establishing the wildlife refuge. Ms. Erickson served as the chairwoman of the Nicholson Wildlife Committee in the early years. Today Nicholson Wildlife Center is a popular fieldtrip destination for area school children and an unblemished reminder of Caledonia's rural and scenic roots. CLICK FOR PHOTOS


Biking and Hiking In and Around Caledonia

There are a multitude of biking and hiking trails and pathways to choose from:

Caledonia Bicycle Paths and Roadways from the Land Use Plan Report:

Caledonia Bicycle Paths

Caledonia Public Trails from the Land Use Plan Report:

Caledonia Existing and Proposed Public Trails

 

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