Parks, Buildings & Grounds

Address - 135 S. Stevens St. 

Rhinelander, Wisconsin  54501

Phone Number - 715.490.6841

Department Email -

Jeremy Biolo, Parks, Buildings & Grounds Director

Email -

Office Hours - Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Services - The City offers a number of parks and other recreational facilities.  Hodag Park is located along the beautiful Boom Lake shoreline, and features baseball/softball diamonds, park shelters, playground equipment, public fishing pier, and swimming beach.  Pioneer Park is home to the Logging and Railroad Museum Complex.

Public Information - Contact the City Clerks Office for the form for park shelter reservations.

Recreational programs are coordinated by the YMCA of the Northwoods.  Visit the YMCA at

RHINELANDER CITY FORESTER -  Tom Jerow - 715-401-1578

Emerald Ash Borer Information - 

City of Rhinelander's Response to EAB

Click here for youth sports information

Pioneer Park - Oneida Avenue

Pioneer Park is a heavily wooded park situated along the Pelican River and features a mix of towering old growth and young pine trees.  The park hosts both the Hodag Farmers Market and Oneida County Fair and is home to several impressive museums within the Pioneer Park Historical Complex.  It also has a large playground area for kids, a softball field, ice-skating rink in the winter months, and three pavilions for gatherings.

West Side Park - Lynne Street

West Side Park is a medium size park with a softball field and a small play structure for kids.  Its main attraction is the Hodag BMX complex within the park.  It is among the best in the state and is growing every year with plans to expand parking, walking and biking trails, and possibly a skateboard park in the future. 

Visit the BMX website at

Sarocka Field (the Bowl) - Rives Street

Sarocka Field is a small neighborhood park with a large grassy area, a playground for kids and a large sledding hill in winter for all to enjoy.  It is also home to Pop Warner football in the fall.

Hodag Park - Messer Street

Hodag Park is a large park stretching along the shore of Boom Lake (Wisconsin River).  It is home to the Hodag Water Ski shows, the annual July Fourth fireworks celebration, three baseball diamonds, a public beach and a large boat landing.  There is also a tennis court and play area for kids, along with several pavilions that can be reserved for private events.  This is a very popular park for picnickers and walkers due to its location along the waterway and is a great spot to watch the sunset.

Pelican Rapids and Shepard Park - W.D. Boyce Drive

Pelican Rapids is a small park on the confluence of the Wisconsin and Pelican rivers.  It offers a boat landing and small walkway for fishermen and nature lovers.

Across the street is Shepard Park which lies on the Pelican river.  It is home to Shepard Dog Park which has an area for small dogs as well as a larger area for the bigger dogs to run.  There is also a nice walking path along the river for nature viewing.

Rhinelander also has many other green spaces throughout the city for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Park Locations (Click to see the map locations)


Masterplan Documents: 

Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - 2015-2020