Village of Caledonia 6922 Nicholson Road, Caledonia, WI 53108

Parks & Trails


 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, Crawford opened in August 2002. The land had been purchased several years earlier at the cost of $9,000 per acre. Located behind the Greentree Mall, just north of 4 Mile Road and east of Douglas Avenue, Crawford Park consists of 20.6 acres of land containing two baseball diamonds, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, walking trails, open areas and a parking lot. The park's shelter includes a covered picnic area and bathrooms. A large playground is located near the shelter and includes an area for smaller children. The park was awarded the Park Design Award of Merit in 2002 from the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Section.  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.

The park has two baseball diamonds, two playgrounds, two shelters and two soccer fields on its grounds. It also has a number of hiking trails and a beautiful fishing pond that is regularly stocked with fish. 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.  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 origina. 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 along the Root River. A shelter was built in 1989. Since that time a number of benches overlooking the Root River have been added. In 2005 the Caledonia Historical Society moved the original 1877 town hall to the Southwest corner of Linwood Park.

 

 


Maple Park

Maple Park is a 5 acres parcel of land that was turned over to the Village in the fall of 206. It is located off Johnson Avenue in the new 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


Woodland Park

Woodland Park is a small, 3.9 acre park located behind the East Side Community Center on the west side of Douglas Avenue. It includes the Leffler Nature Trail, benches, picnis tables and a brick patio. CLICK FOR PHOTOS

 

 
 


Biking and Hiking In and Around Caledonia

There are a multitude of biking and hiking trails and patways 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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