Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation department provides events and programs for the community to enjoy including youth sports, after school programs, many parks and the Aquatic & Fitness Center. Check out the website today to learn how to get involved.
Official Parks & Recreation Website
For more information, visit their official website.
Learn about how you can get involved with the Whitewater Community Garden.
Whitewater Park Rules and Regulations
Park Hours: 6:00 am–12:00 am except Indian Mounds Park (Sunrise–Sunset) and Brewery Hill Park (6:00 am–Dusk)
Trail Hours: Open 24 hours per day
Park Rest Rooms: Open April 1–October 31
RESERVATION OF SHELTERS:
Shelters may be reserved the weekend closest to April 15 through the weekend closest to October 31. If not reserved, shelters are available on a first come, first-served basis.
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY:
Persons shall not in any manner mar, injure, deface, or destroy any tree, shrub, or plant standing or growing in the park, nor any fence, guide post, sign, table, bench, building, or any other thing of value in any public park, grounds, or place, nor shall they disturb or interfere with any wildlife within the parks.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed in any city park other than Starin Park. The City Clerk may issue permits allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in Cravath Lake Park, Trippe Lake Park, Starin Park Community Building and other municipal buildings as deemed appropriate. A permit may be granted by the Common Council pertaining to the consumption of alcoholic beverages in parks other than Starin Park, Cravath Lake Park and Trippe Lake Park.
GLASS BEVERAGE CONTAINERS:
All glass beverage containers are prohibited within the parks.
SALE OF FOOD AND/OR MERCHANDISE:
Food and/or merchandise shall not be sold in any city park except by agreement or permit issued by the City Clerk.
It is unlawful for any person to operate a motorcycle, minibike, snowmobile, dune buggy, go cart, all-terrain vehicle or other recreational vehicle or motor vehicle in any park in the City of Whitewater. This section does not prohibit a person from legally operating a motor vehicle on public roads within parks; from parking on park property adjacent to public roads in the park; or from operating motorboats on lakes that are part of a park. It is unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle within Indian Mounds Park. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on city trails.
AMPLIFICATION OF SOUND:
Use of amplification systems within the parks for the purpose of public entertainment must obtain a Public Entertainment Permit through the City Clerk’s Office if said amplification system is not part of an authorized recreation program. It is the responsibility of the group using/reserving the facility/park to keep the noise level acceptable so as not to annoy or disturb the surrounding area of the park.
All fires must be contained within grills or designated cooking devices. Coals must be thoroughly extinguished and cooled prior to being placed in a trash receptacle.
Any person owning, keeping, or in charge of any animal shall not permit such animal to be in Indian Mounds Park or in any municipal buildings at any time. This will not be applicable in cases in which a person is being assisted by a service dog. Animals are permitted in all other municipal parks and open space. Owners are required to keep their pet on a leash and clean up after their animals and follow proper pet etiquette.
Cravath Lakefront Amphitheater
A new amphitheater has been approved by city council to be installed at Cravath Lakefront park spring 2020.
Update August 21, 2020
Sod was put down around the amphitheater August 21, 2020. The grand opening is in a few weeks and we are getting ready.
Update June 1, 2020
After a few months on hold, we are excited to share that the construction of the Amphitheater is back underway. The project began in February and was on schedule until the Corona Virus shut the project down in mid-March. Because the structure was fabricated in Michigan, it remained there until the state reopened. Originally scheduled to be delivered on April 1st, the structure arrived in Whitewater May 22, 2020 and construction is moving forward with a completion time planned for the end of July.
City Partners with Whitewater Community Foundation to Raise Funds for New Amphitheater
Whitewater, Wis. November 12, 2019- The City of Whitewater is excited to partner with the Whitewater Community Foundation to allow residents to help raise money for projects they want to see in Whitewater.
The Whitewater Community Foundation has set up a fund for the first city project, a new amphitheater planned to be built in Cravath Lakefront Park.
The amphitheater project has been approved by city council and is in the next stage of the process. The structure has been ordered by Poligon and is scheduled to be installed in spring of 2020.
Additional items to enhance the amphitheater would include landscaping, lighting and a new projection screen. Citizens can donate money to help with these additions to the new Cravath Lakefront Amphitheater at the Whitewater Community Foundation website.
Along with individual donations, interested parties can choose to be the title sponsor and display their logo and/or name for the next 20 years at the top of the Cravath Lakefront Amphitheater for a $50,000 donation. Donations over $10,000 will be also recognized on a plaque at the base of the structure.
“The City of Whitewater is excited to have a facility to bring people to the downtown and lake front,” said Eric Boettcher, Parks and Recreation Director. “This new amphitheater should truly enhance existing events and music and we couldn’t be happier to see it move forward.”
To make a donation, visit the Whitewater Community Foundation website. Click the Donate Now button and the site will direct to choose a dollar amount, how often you wish to donate and which cause you wish to support. Donors can also choose to share a note of why you are gifting the money to the cause.
Lake Drawdown Information
Drawdown Time frame
Summer of 2019- Spring 2021
- Drawdown of Cravath and Trippe Lakes July 8 – September 30, 2019
- Dredging project anticipated to begin winter of 2020/21
- Lakes remain drawn down through out this time frame
- Lakes to be refilled in the spring of 2021
Approximate Dredging Volume and Cost
Potential Dredging Plan
- Cravath Lake = 37,000 cubic yards
- (Would provide a 50’ wide channel at 5 ‘ depth side slopes of 10:1)
- Trippe Lake = 44,000 cubic yards
- (Would provide a 50’ wide channel at 6 ‘ depth side slopes of 10:1 )
Total Material Removed Approximately = 81,000 cubic yards
- Subtotal = $1,063,055.20
- Contingency (20%) = $ 212,611.04
- Total Construction Costs = $ 1,275,666.24
Proposed Dredging Area
Cravath Lakefront Lake Drawdown and Dam Repairs Update August 1, 2019
Cravath Lake Drawdown Update July 26, 2019. Trippe Lake planned to start in early August.
Week of July 8, 2019
City Manager, Cameron Clapper and Parks & Recreation Director Eric Boettcher worked with city staff David Himsel and Andy Ascher to open the dam at Cravath Lake allowing water to flow both under and over it. Monday, July 8th was the first day to release water from the lake. A marker was painted on a nearby rock in order to monitor the amount of water dropping each day. Cameron released more water Wednesday, July 10th. There is a drain located in the Mill pond near the 5 American Flags Memorial. The water will drain here and at the bottom of the dam allowing additional water to flow under Main street toward the creek. This is the first step of the drawdown. Staff will monitor the amount of water that is removed from Cravath lake and make alterations as needed to stay on track. Stay tuned for more updates as the drawdown progresses.
- What is a lake drawdown?
- Why would the City of Whitewater do a lake drawdown?
- When will the drawdown begin and how fast will it go down?
- Is there concern about how long it will take to fill back up?
- What will happen to the fish and other wildlife in the lake?
- What are our personal dredging options during the drawdown? Are there any exemptions? Can I remove any material without a permit?
- Is there a list of contractors providing shoreline work?
- Can we remove trash from the exposed bed? Can we remove material such as broken glass?
- Can we use this opportunity to add pea gravel?
- Can we remove large boulders/rocks?
- Can I replace or repair my rip rap?
- Can I put in new rip rap? If not, what are other options other than rip rap for shore stabilization? What if I need rip rap to protect from man-made waves (boat traffic)?
- Will the starry stonewort be sent downstream during the drawdown?
- Will I be able to walk on the lake bottom?
- Will the boat launches be open this Fall, Winter, Spring?
- Can I remove the plants from the bottom of the lake in front of my house?
- What plants or algae will die during the freeze and which will come back next spring/summer?
- This year there was all this green stuff floating on the water over the past few weeks, what is that and will it go away next year?
- I’m losing 2 seasons of my lake use; will this really work?