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With a few exceptions, the Janesville city parks are open from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Rotary Gardens, Lustig Park and Palmer Hilltop area close at 9:00 p.m. 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: 

 Parks Facility Permit    Bonfire Permit    Park Wedding Permit


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.

Boat Launches

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.

Pavilion Reservation

Call the Parks and Recreation Divisions office for information,cost, and availibility 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 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 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 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.

Winter Fun

Janesville has designated cross-country ski trails at Rockport Park and Riverside Golf Course. These trails are maintained and groomed, and tracks are set by the Friends of Rockport Park and Friends of Riverside. Cross country skis and snow shoes are available for rent by contacting the Parks and Recreation office at 755-3030.  There are limited sizes available and they are rented on a first come, first serve basis.  Hills at Riverside Golf Course, Lustig, Ardon Park and Palmer Parks are suitable for winter sledding. The City does not, however, supervise or light these areas. Ice fishing is available at Lions and Kiwanis Ponds, but please be cautious about the ice thickness. Ice skating is available indoors at the Janesville Ice Skating Center. Outdoor ice rinks at Traxler Park and Lion's Pond may become available when weather permits.

A brochure and maps on fun winter activities is available in the Leisure Services 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.

Last updated: 5/13/2014 7:37:11 AM