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Citizen Park

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  1. Baseball (optional)
  2. Basketball (optional)
  3. Grilling (Frying) (optional)
  4. Open Air Shelters (optional)
  5. Picnicking (optional)
  6. Playground Areas (optional)
  7. Restrooms (optional)
  8. Softball (optional)
  9. Swimming (optional)
  10. Tennis (optional)

History of the Park Name
Citizen Park, comprised of 26.70 acres, formerly housed the Manitowoc County fairgrounds and in 1972 was named after the schooner Citizen.  The Citizen was built in Manitowoc in 1847 by Captain Joseph Edwards and is believed to be one of the first clipper ships produced on the Great Lakes cp5 by Mike Oswald. Many people mistakenly call the park Citizens Park in the belief that the name refers to the word citizen (a native or inhabitant of a city.) 

Playground Equipment

Citizen Park has several pieces of playground equipment spread along the south side of the park.  The equipment in the southeast corner of the park was replaced in the fall of 2019 and features a zip line.  There is no cost to use the zip line.

Sports Courts Complex
The Citizen Park Sports Courts Complex, open May through October, has two adult tennis courts with 60' blended lines, two age 10 and under quick-start tennis courts, two pickleball courts, two adult basketball courts, and one youth basketball court.  
In 2016, the Manitowoc County Tennis Association (MCTA) took the lead to develop a plan to recondition the playing surfaces to turn the former tennis court area into a first class facility featuring courts for tennis, pickleball, and basketball. Because the concrete slab sits on top of a water reservoir owned by Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU), painting lines and surfaces over the years proved fruitless due to the moisture "popping" the paint off of the concrete. The best alternative was a sports "decking" material which consists of a 3/4" (75 mm) shock-absorbing polypropylene co-polymer "tile" which connects like a puzzle piece and is placed on top of the concrete surface. If is virtually maintenance-free, needing only occasional leaf blowing or low pressure rinsing. The MCTA, MPU, and the City of Manitowoc partnered to share management of and costs for this project. A ribbon cutting / re-dedication event was held August 20, 2017. Special thanks to Eric Volcheff, MCTA, on behalf of the city, for devoting countless volunteer hours to this project! View aerial footage of the Sports Courts compliments of Mike Oswald by clicking here.

To reserve a sports court (tennis, basketball, or pickleball), call the Recreation Office at (920) 686-3060, Monday through Friday or visit their office located in the Senior Center building at 3330 Custer Street, Manitowoc.  

Play Ball! 
To  reserve the City's ball diamond # 2 or #3, call the Recreation Office at (920) 686-3060, Monday through Friday or visit their office located in the Senior Center building at 3330 Custer St., Manitowoc.  Diamond #2 is south of the City's concession stand and diamond #3 is west of the City's concession stand.  

 The Manitowoc Youth Baseball Association recently constructed a new baseball complex at Citizen Park.  A grand opening event was held on June 12, 2017.  See the MYBA website at for more information about reserving the facilities.  
Proposal for future baseball complex at Citizen Park

Facility/Building Reservations
Reservations for rental facilities, such as the concession stand and open air shelters, may be booked online, by telephone with a credit card or in person no earlier than one year (365 days) in advance of the date to be rented.  A signed rental agreement and payment of all fees and deposits is required at the time of booking. 

 To view a flyer or slideshow for a facility, click on the Facility Rental Flyers & Slideshows tab.  

To make a reservation, click on the Facility Reservations Online tab, call the Parks Office at (920) 686-3580 (Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), or visit the Parks office located in City Hall, 900 Quay St., on the west end of the 1st floor.

 Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center and Mini Golf Course

Questions about the Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center and Mini Golf Course. can be directed to the Recreation Division at 920-686-3060.
Citizen Park Recreation Center 
To hold an event inside the Citizen Park Recreation Center, contact the Recreation Office at (920) 686-3060, Monday through Friday or visit their office located in the Senior Center building at 3330 Custer St., Manitowoc.
 For information about the Rollaire Skate Center, call (920) 683-4567 or click here.
Safe Winter Walking Program
 The Safe Winter Walking program is generally held at the Citizen Park Recreation Center during the winter months.  This program will help those who wish to walk in the winter (but want to avoid the snow, cold and ice) meet their fitness goals. Please be sure to bring clean, dry shoes to walk in. This program is open to the public.  Start the year off on the right foot and get moving!  For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 920-686-3060 or click here.