Jones Park, Downtown Appleton
- Address: 301 W Lawrence St, Appleton, Wisconsin
- Surface Ground: rubber
- Bathrooms: yes
- Special / Unique Features: reopened August 1, 2019, ADA accessible ramp
- More Park Info: appletonparkandrec.org/parks-pavilions-trails/parks/#jones-park
Jones Park in downtown Appleton was closed for several seasons for construction but reopened August 1, 2019, with an updated look and expanded playground.
The new playground features a rubber surface, music elements, and unique climber. There is a large warming shelter with bathrooms.
There are lots of ways to access the park down in the valley. Near the park sign on Lawrence St. you’ll find a set of stairs or a stroller-friendly ramp. You can also find stairs around the back of the expo center or near the courthouse on W. Seventh St. There is a large parking area on S. Rocky Bleier Run off of Water St/the end of Old Oneida St. near Lawrence Academy of Music that is still under construction. You can also find stairs off Oneida St bridge just past the intersection of Lawrence and Oneida. We recommend parking in the Red Ramp and using one of the sets of stairs or the ramp until the parking lot reopens.
GVK Tip: Grab a cup of coffee at Copper Rock or Brewed Awakenings around the corner on College Avenue before you head down the hill. Fika Tea Bar also has fun boba tea drinks, a menu of loose tea, and specialty drinks. If you forget money for the ramp or parking meters (and the lot is still full of construction vehicles) the Passport Parking App is fast to download and easy to use. If you need an incentive to get little feet moving back to the car, Crazy Sweet is right up the way with ice cream or Doughlicious a little farther down with an edible cookie dough bar! Jones Park is a fun add on stop with a visit to Building for Kids, Appleton Public Library, or the Appleton YMCA.
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