Parks & Recreation Department

The parks and recreation department offers a variety of activities for the whole family. From picnicking to trails, from soccer to baseball, we can offer it all.

Most of the capital improvements we are able to do each year are funded by donations from people, businesses and service organizations. If it weren't for this generosity, we would only be able to do a portion of the improvements each year.

We own and operate seven parks throughout the City. Each park has its own unique contribution of enjoyment to each patron who visits the park. Galvin, South East, and The Point are all neighborhood parks, whereas our three main parks, J.W. Denver Williams Park, David R. Williams Park, and Lytle Creek Nature Preserve are where all the programs we offer take place. Lytle Creek Nature Preserve will offer hiking and other nature-related activities.

The City's approximately 3.5 miles (one way) of recreational trails offer people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature while getting the benefit of walking, jogging, cycling, skating or cross-country skiing. The City's recreational trails are open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. The tree-lined 1.2 mile paved surface Luther Warren Peace Path is plowed in the winter. A connector bridge links the Luther Warren Peace Path to the Clinton Memorial Hospital campus near the Nathan Hale bridge over Clear Creek. The 1.3 mile 4-C Bicentennial Trail meanders through former farm fields along the edge of Lytle Creek, crossing Wilmington College land near the Hazard Arboretum. The beautiful 4-C trail is also a paved surface trail and can be enjoyed by cross-country skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts in the winter when snow-covered as it will not be plowed. The 4-C Bicentennial Trail has four-foot berm along side of it for horseback riders to enjoy. Horses are also permitted on City streets. The Urban Trail, a .7 mile signed bicycle route on City streets connecting the Luther Warren Peace Path and the 4-C Bicentennial Trail, can also be used by pedestrians and horseback riders. Lowe's Drive between Prairie Avenue and Rombach is also served by a .6 mile paved trail. Dedicated in 2008, the "Judy Gano Trail" connects the 4-C Bicentennial Trail to Rombach Avenue. It is a one mile paved surface connector trail that traverses J.W. Denver Williams Park from the south side to the north side.