The village operates 12 parks totaling over 400 acres of parkland and an additional 300 acres along the Pike River Pathway offering a wide variety of recreational activities. Our village parks contain playground equipment, baseball diamonds, volleyball, walking trails, shelters and picnic facilities.
The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for all ages within our village parks. Summer playground programs, tee-ball, softball, kick ball are a just a sampling. Mount Pleasant parks also offer reservations for shelter rentals at several of the parks and an indoor facility that is available for rent at the jointly owned Caledonia/Mount Pleasant Memorial Park.
The 52-acre Caledonia/Mount Pleasant Memorial Park has been a premier destination in the area for over 50 years. The hall and shelters are available to rent for many family and community functions. The Kids Connection community-built playground is the main feature at this park providing excellent recreational amenities. The Racine Area Soccer Association’s games take place at the adjacent RASA soccer fields on spring and fall weekends. The Caledonia/Mount Pleasant Park is also home to Racine County’s only public beer garden. This seasonal attraction draws families in from all areas.
The village has two large community parks. Smolenski Park is a 70-acre sprawling nature/wildlife preserve that features hiking trails leading to a large pond with an overlooking deck. Smolenski Park also boasts a softball diamond, volleyball, basketball and horseshoe courts, and a European-style picnic pavilion. Stewart-McBride Park is a 16-acre park with two groomed softball diamonds, two sand volleyball courts and expansive playground equipment.
The Root River is popular for world-class fly-fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Mount Pleasant’s eastern border with Lake Michigan offers gorgeous sunrises with unsurpassed recreation and leisure time activities – from sailing and diving to recreational boating or relaxing at your choice of the three area beaches; you are sure to enjoy the lakefront atmosphere. For water activities, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County.
The Park and Recreation department offers a variety of events throughout the year such as movies in the park, pop-up beer gardens, Kraut Music Fest, The Franksville Food Truck Festival, Mount Pleasant Day and more. Visit one of our parks to see for yourself how much the parks department in Mount Pleasant has to offer. For more information on Mount Pleasant parks, to reserve a shelter, or to register for playground programs, visit www.mtpleasantwi.gov.
Residents can enjoy the outdoors and bring their furry friends to one of two dog parks in the area. Karen A. Nelson Memorial Dog Park is adjacent to Quarry Lake Park and offers separate grass areas for different sized dogs. Caledonia Johnson Dog Park features walking paths in both wooded and open field areas. The park also includes access to the Root River and a pond for those dogs looking to jump in for a swim on a hot day. For more information and dog park rules visit www.racinecounty.com.
PIKE RIVER PATHWAY
The Pike River Pathway is an off road 10-foot-wide asphalt recreational trail, that extends north/south through the center of the village. The pathway provides access to 300 acres of reconstructed Pike River corridor. The Village of Mount Pleasant Stormwater Utility began restoration of this 5.5-mile corridor in 2001, with the channel work and pathway expected to be completed in 2019. The trail’s northern end begins at Old Spring Street and currently ends just south of Durand Avenue. In 2019, the pathway will extend to Highway KR – Kenosha County.
Public access points are available at:
- Old Spring Street (east of Airline Road)
- Timmer Lane (south of terminus)
- Oakes Road (at Mariner Drive)
- Washington Avenue (at Case High School)
- Willow Road (at Racine County Trail/SCJ Waxdale)
- Durand Avenue (east of Cottage Drive)