With a few exceptions, the Janesville city parks are open from 5am until 11pm. Rotary Gardens, Lustig Park and Palmer Hilltop area close at 9pm. Park restrooms and facilities are open from April 15 until October 15 of each year. Spring Brook Trail, Rockport Trail, and Kiwanis Pond are open year-round. Alcohol is not allowed in city parks unless specifically authorized by Janesville City Council (see exceptions under pavilion reservations). Call Janesville Parks and Recreation office for specific information. Service dogs and wheelchairs are allowed on the bike trail and in the park system year-round.
Some park facilities may be reserved, including pavilions. Also, you may apply for a permit to have a wedding in a park, or a bonfire. Click on one of these forms as needed:
The City owns an arboretum that is open to the public and is outside the City of Janesville. Its location is 3550 W County Highway A. For more information, contact the Parks Division.
The Parks Division installs piers in mid-May and removes them in late October at the City's boat launches. Launches are found within Riverside and Traxler Parks (at the north end), Kiwanis Pond and Lion's Pond, and the Rock River Parkway. North Traxler Park, Janesville's newest launch provides temporary mooring docks and is open until ice-up each fall. All City park boat launches are available for use without a fee.
Call the Parks and Recreation Divisions office for information, cost, and availability of a park pavilion or picnic grove for your special event, or click here for more information. There is a fee and reservations must be made in person at the Parks and Recreation Office, or online at https://activenet.active.com/janesvilleleisure. Pavilion Locations: Bond, Lustig, Palmer, Peace, Riverside and Traxler Parks.
Paw Print Park
Fenced dog park on South Oakhill Ave. Praire Knoll Park. Click here for permit application.
Treat your dog to exercise at the City's Pet Exercise and Training Areas, where you can exercise your dogs year-round without having to comply with the leash law. They are found in Palmer Park (between Palmer Drive, I-90 and Mohawk Drive) and along the Rock River Parkway (off Afton Road). Hours are daily from 5am. to 11pm. Please keep dogs under control and clean up after them. A City ordinance does not permit dogs on any public playground, bike trail, golf course or park from May 15 to September 15. Animals are never permitted on school grounds.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING/SNOWSHOEING
Janesville has designated cross-country ski trails at Rockport Park and Riverside Golf Course. Rockport Park offers the City's most extensive cross-country skiing opportunities with over 6 miles of diverse trails. Trails are color coded for your enjoyment. Whether you are up for a competitive challenge or a family outing, you are sure to find it at Rockport Park. The Friends of Rockport Park provide grooming of the trails as volunteers are available. Additionally, flat, beginner trails are groomed at the Riverside Golf Course. Parking is available in the main parking lot at the golf course. Riverside Golf Course staff grooms the trails.
Although Rockport Park and Riverside Golf Course offer the only groomed trails, cross country skiing is allowed in any city park and greenbelt. Cross country skis and snow shoes are available for rent by contacting the Parks and Recreation office at 755-3030. This is a perfect opportunity to try out one or both of these activities before making the equipment purchase. There are limited sizes available and they are rented on a first come, first serve basis. The daily rate is: $6/youth and $12/adult. The weekend rate is $10/youth and $16/adult. There is a $50 deposit required for each set. The deposit is returned once the equipment is brought back to the office in good condition.
CITY SLEDDING HILLS
Sledding opportunities in Janesville include Ardon Park (2201 Refset Drive), Palmer Park (2501 Palmer Drive), Riverside Park and Golf Course (2200 Parkside Drive), Lustig Park (1500 River View Drive), Rockport Park (2801 Rockport Road) and North East Regional Park (3600 Wright Road). The City does not, however, supervise or light these areas. Ardon Park is located on Liberty Lane, behind the Janesville Mall. The other City parks have hills that may be used for sledding and have limited parking. Caution is advised. Sledding can be hazardous. Always ensure that you have a wide and unobstructed path to travel.
LIGHTED OUTDOOR ICE-SKATING RINK
Outdoor ice skating enthusiasts can enjoy man-made ice on the land rink located at Traxler Park or the nearby lagoon. The ice at Traxler is lighted for nighttime skating. The warming house is available for skaters but will be closed when the temperature is below 0 degrees or the wind chill factor reaches -10 degrees. The Friends of Traxler Park maintain the warming house, offering concessions and free ice skate use. The warming house hours are: Weekdays 4pm - 9pm, Saturday's 12pm - 9pm and Sunday's 12pm to 8pm.
Other outdoor skating is also available at Lion's Pond. Ice skating is available indoors at the Janesville Ice Arena during public skate hours.
A brochure and maps on fun winter activities is available in the Parks and Recreation Divisions office, or click here. Contact the Parks Division for information. Snowmobiling is not allowed in Janesville parks, golf courses and greenbelts. Contact Rock County Parks at (608) 757-5450 for more information on snowmobile trails in Rock County.