Community Update: Splash and stay cool, Splash Pad opens Friday, May 25 at 3pm; Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo set to open on Memorial Day


Splash and stay cool, Splash Pad opens Friday, May 25 at 3pm

The Splash Pad opens Friday, May 25 at 3pm.

It’s going to be hot, temperatures are expected to reach in the high 80’s/low 90’s going into the holiday weekend, so come out and join us by cooling off for the opening day of the Splash Pad at Mead Athletic Field Friday, May 25 at 3pm.

On the first day of fall last year, Sept. 1, we unveiled our new Splash Pad. We were lucky enough to extend that time because of warmer than usual temperatures in September.  But now, we are ready to provide a way for all to enjoy and keep cool this summer by visiting Mead Field.  

A formal grand opening is planned this summer, so stay tuned into this blog, Facebook and the City’s media channels.

There is no cost to play so please invite your friends and family to visit Wisconsin Rapids and while you’re here, grab a bite to eat or a cool treat at a fine local establishment. At the splash pad, you will find some really cool and unique features such as:

  • River race, a toddler favorite and fun for everyone! (Bring a small ball or small toy that floats)
  • Light spray splash features for the younger kids
  • Lively and exciting spray features for the older kids
  • Interactive spray features to encourage team play and creativity
  • Four water cannons for games and challenges

This is the first in many steps in providing family-friendly, outdoor recreational facilities for residents and visitors.  We are also “Taking the Plunge” by fundraising for the Regional Aquatic Center at Witter Field. Our goal is to raise $4.5 million with corporate, individual and philanthropic donations in order to reach out goal.  The Mayor’s Youth Council is also in the process of raising $250,000 towards the project with fundraisers through the summer.  We encourage you to follow our progress at

Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo set to open on Memorial Day

File photo – The City of Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo opens Monday, May 28 at 10am for the season.

Memorial Day is the celebration to honor for those who fought selflessly in combat, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.  It also means an extra day to spend with family and friends and there is no better way than getting outdoors with a visit to the City of Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo.

File photo – The Zoo has many unique animals to see and feed.

The Municipal Zoo officially opens for the season on Memorial Day, May 28 at 10am. There is no admission fee but donations are always welcome. If you would like to feed the animals, it is available for purchase on site.

Throughout the summer, our Parks and Recreation Department has several special activities planned for youth, adults and families visiting the Municipal Zoo.   A coloring contest, Adult in the Park, Weird Science Experiments, Down at the Zoo and Story Time activities are some of the events planned.  For more information on these events and rules and guidelines visit the Municipal Zoo webpage, here.

The Municipal Zoo is one of those jewels we have in our city.  We are grateful for a generous benefactor who provided $300,000 to help provide improvements to the Zoo.   Currently the Mayor’s Youth Council along with Community Development Specialist Madelin Petz, are completing a master plan process to help us guide future investments and improvements.

Hours of operation:

  • Memorial Day, Monday ,May 28 – 10am – 7pm
  • July 4, closes early at 4pm
  • Tuesdays thru Sundays, 10am-7pm and closed Mondays for cleaning and maintenance
  • Petting Zoo closed daily from 1-2pm.
  • No admission fee; donations accepted.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Thank you for reading and have a great holiday weekend!

Mayor Zach Vruwink



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