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Recreation Park

Footbridge crossing the Rum River in Recreation Park
Footbridge crossing the Rum River in Recreation Park


Recreation Park (Rec Park) is located at 2nd St NW and 4th Ave NW along the banks of the Rum River.  Address for park is 435 2nd St NW, Milaca MN 56353.

There are three shelters in Rec Park; Lions Shelter (with electric) and a smaller shelter (with no electric) and a new shelter constructed in August 2013 that has electricity, 6 tables and seats approximately 36-40 people.  The renovated band shell located just west of the Lions Shelter also has electric for events that may require a sound system.  There are no grills provided.  If you need to grill, we highly recommend gas grills.  To avoid the possibility of a fire, please DO NOT dump the ashes in the park if a charcoal grill is used.  Alcoholic beverages are allowed in city park shelters IF INDICATED ON THE PARK PERMIT.  Parks close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (see City of Code Ordinance #90.01) 

The Gorecki Community Center, which is adjacent to the Splash Pad, is a building that can be rented out year round.  There are 10 tables and 40 chairs available for use.  There is also a large counter area with individual outlets for crockpots, coffee pots, etc.  There is also a small sink but there is no stove, refrigerator or air conditioning in this building.  There are ceiling fans.  Bathrooms are located in this building as well.  This is a great facility to rent in the summer for kids' birthday parties with the splash pad right there. 

To reserve a shelter in this park or the Gorecki Community Center, click on the Shelter Reservation Form in the left sidebar.

Access to the Milaca Mountain Bike Trails is gained by using the walking bridge over the Rum River between Rec Park and Forest Hill Cemetery.  There are 14 miles of bike trails nestled within 200 acres of woods, hills and fields along the beautiful and scenic Rum River.   These bike trails are also used  for hiking and cross country skiing. 

Rec Park features
Ballfields in Recreation Park
Ballfields in Recreation Park
3 softball fields, a skateboard ramp and playground equipment.   Since Rec Park is located right on the Rum River, there is a canoe/tubing access and fishing is plentiful.  During the winter months, an ice skating rink and hockey rink are in full swing with the Gorecki Community Center used for the warming house nearby to warm up on those cool days.  During the summer months, church league softball is played most nights.  Even if you don't "play ball", come on down and watch.

Park History


Rec Park was purchased by the village of Milaca from the Foley Bean Lumber Co. on November 20, 1906, for $150.00.  In 1935, $25,828 in federal funds were allocated for a swimming pool and park beautification.  The reconstructed swimming pool, which was dedicated in July 1949, was later discontinued.

The walking bridge across the Rum River that connects Rec Park and Forest Hill Cemetery was built in 1937 as a WPA project.  It was damaged by ice jams in 1966 and again on March 6, 1983.   This walking bridge also gains access to the Milaca Mountain Bike Trails. 

The band shell was built in Works Progress Administration (WPA) style of the native stone similar to the type used in what is now the library building.  Throughout the years, the stage has been the scene of hundres of programs and ceremonies.  In 1992 a concrete apron was poured in front of the bandshell in time for the summer concerts to take place.  It continues to be the center of activities at the community festival every summer.  The ice skating and hockey rink were also constructed in 1992. The refreshment stand was moved there from Northside Park (now called Reineke Park).  The Lions Club has built 2 redwood picnic shelters.  The playground equipment was purchased by the Milaca Civic Club. 

Portions of the Park History information was gathered by Karen Reineke, a member of the Centennial Book Committee and more history on Milaca can be found in this book.  Check it out at the Milaca Library!



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