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The mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to preserve our parks and open spaces and provide essential recreational programs and cultural services in a safe, professional and friendly manner.
The Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department has parks totaling over 1,100 plus acres. Five community centers and many other facilities are available providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department
City Hall Annex Building:
800 Center Street, Room 127
Racine, WI 53403
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. (Open Lunch Hour)
Monday - Friday
262-636-9131 - PHONE
262-636-9277 - FAX
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Payment Information The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department accepts Master Card and Visa Card, cash and checks for all registrations, and programs payments. WPRA Ticket's may only be purchased with Master Card and Visa Card or a cash payment.
Activities & Sports Hotline Dial 637-7678 for softball, volleyball and basketball cancellations. This is a twenty-four hour service with recorded information.
City of Racine, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department
May 4, 2012 marked the opening of the Laurel Clark Memorial Fountain, otherwise known as the Laurel Clark “Splash Pad”. Renovations had been completed in early 2012 to bring the fountain up to code in order to function as a family-friendly splash pad.
Originally built in 2002, the interactive water feature had been a popular area for many to visit on hot summer days. Changes to the law reclassified all fountains as public pools, which in turn resulted in the major renovation so it could be used in a safe manner and function as a true splash pad for all to enjoy.
A beautiful bathhouse was also built and sits just northeast of the fountain. Street and off-street parking is available.
Laurel Clark Fountain offers beautiful views of Lake Michigan and sits at the end of Sam Johnson Parkway. The Pershing Boat Launch, just a few yards away, has a concession stand open to the public. They offer a variety of food and beverages and also offer musical entertainment throughout the summer.
The fountain typically opens the first Saturday in May and will close the last weekend in September (pending weather or other uncontrolled instances). During the open season the fountain will operate from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. 7 days a week (unless there is an uncontrolled instance requiring the water to be shut off - we will post these unexpected shut downs on www.facebook.com/RPRCS when possible).
These rules are for your protection and the safe and sanitary operation of the Splash Pad.
Having fun and laughing are strongly encouraged.
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