The Merrill Park system is composed of nearly 1200 acres of park land. These parks are categorized into Community, Neighborhood, Special Use, Mini Parks, and Linear Park. In all, 14 parks make up the park system.
To view a map of the location of our beautiful parks, please click the link below!
Park Rental Fees:
Park reservations will be taken starting the first business day after the New Year and rates are as follows: *For additional shelter rental information click the tab to the right on this page "shelter reservations"
Kitchenette Park & Stange Park
$65 rental fee plus a $50 security deposit for residents. $75 rental fee plus a $50 security deposit for non-residents.
Ott's Park, Normal Park, & Riverside Park
$55 rental fee plus a $50 security deposit for residents. $65 rental fee plus a $50 security deposit for non-residents.
$85 rental fee plus a $100 security deposit for residents. $95 rental fee plus a $100 security deposit for non-residents.
**Resident is defined as anyone who lives within the legal boundaries of the City of Merrill. If your address begins with a letter you are a non-resident.**
Merrill's community parks contain 3 parks. Lions, Stange, and Merrill Area Recreation Complex make up the city's community parks.
Otts, Riverside, Stange Kitchenette, Streeter Square, and Normal Parks make up the city's Neighborhood parks. These parks are very spacious and usually contain the shelter houses. The placement of these parks is in an urban area, allowing easy access to anybody in the city.
Merrill is comprised of 1 "Mini-Park". This park is the Polk Street tennis courts/Skate Park. It is a one acre park located near the Middle School and T.B. Scott Library, allowing students some after-school recreation alternatives.
Special Use Areas
Merrill's "Special Use" parks are those that have certain features that set them apart from the others. Athletic, Gebert, Memorial Forest, and Praire Trails are the parks that make up these parks. They have walking trails, fishing access, wildlife observation, ball field, and recreational trails.
Linear Park - River Bend Trail
Merrill's newest park, River Bend Trail, was established by the hard work of the River District Development Foundation. Comprised of extremely dedicated volunteers throughout our community, the Foundation raised almost $1 million dollars to initially purchase and develop over 1.25 miles of old railroad corridor from Canadian National. Paving began in 2014 and is continuing today with the recent addition of the paved addition from Pine Ridge Avenue to Cooper St. To date, the trail covers almost 7 miles. The latest addition allows for the River Bend Trail to connect Council Grounds State Park to the Pine Ridge Shopping Area! The trail features paved walking/biking/hiking trails, the rennovated Nicklaus Bridge over the confluence of the Prairie & Wisconsin Rivers, scenic rest areas with benches, interpretive education panels, wayfinding signs, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities, and access to the beautiful Wisconsin River that hasn't been possible for over 100 years. For more information, pictures, and opportunities to get involved please visit http://www.riverbendtrail.org
**The Agra Pavilion, a beautiful park facility, is now available for the public to rent for their special gathering or event!! Please see our Shelter Reservationsl page on this website for more information** **Also please click on the AGRA PAVILION/RIVER BEND TRAIL TAB FOR PICTURES OF THE PAVILION**