Reineke Park
Playground equipment in Reineke Park
Playground equipment in Reineke Park
Reineke Park, with the big white archway that says "Welcome to Milaca.  Gateway to Mille Lacs" welcomes visitors entering Milaca from the north.  It is located at 10th Street NW and Central Avenue N.  This archway was reconstructed the summer of 2004 in hopes it will last another 50 years.

Reineke Park has 3 shelters:  Fitzpatrick Shelter in the northwest corner of the park (closest to the restrooms), a large redwood shelter located in the southwest corner (Civic Shelter now with electric) and another shelter located on the southeast side of the park closest to Central Avenue.  Reineke Park has 5 free standing grills throughout the park but no firepits.  While the restrooms have flush toilets, there are no water faucets for running water.  Alcoholic beverages are allowed in city park shelters IF INDICATED ON THE PARK PERMIT.  The park closes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  (See Code of Ordinance #114.46 and #90.01 respectively).

New playground equipment was installed in 2001.  Kids will certainly have a good time sliding down the slide and walking across the bridge just to name a few features.  Swings are also available.  Be sure to get a drink of water from the water fountain inside the huge lion's head!!  Kids will also enjoy this.

Reineke Park is a very shaded, scenic park with all the flowers that are planted each year by several Milaca clubs and organizations.

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

Park History

Reineke Park is comprised of a city block from the original Highland Park Addition.  It was first called the "Tourist Park" because it was designed as a campground for tourists.  In 1924 stumps were removed so the ground could be leveled.  Much of the work was donated by men and boys who used teams of horses to haul away the stumps. 

A building was was moved from the river area to the park to serve as a kitchen.  The Milaca Civic Club donated dishes and utensils.  This building consisted of plant benches surrounding the interior of the building in which there was a wood range, a woodbox of firewood, a table and a kerosene lamp.  Eventually electricity became available for street lights within the park and modern restrooms were built in the northwest corner.  This building was eventually moved to Recreation Park where it became what is presently the refreshment stand.

The Civic Club planted a flower garden in the southeast corner, bought picnic tables, furnished playground equipment and supplied the visitor's register.  The Milaca Lions Club donated the lion's head water fountain.

In 1954 the Civic Club paid for the construction and painting of the archway "Welcome to Milaca.  Gateway to Mille Lacs."  This has served as a hospitality emblem for the City of Milaca for over 50 years.

In 1962, the family of Nellie Fitzpatrick donated the first picnic shelter in her memory.  A single table shelter was contributed by June Fjerstad in memory of her husband, Vincent.

In 1980 the large redwood picnic shelter with cement floor was donated by members of the Milaca Civic club who also furnished 7 picnic tables, in addition to small picnic tables made especially for children.

Throughout the past 60 years, the park has had various names beginning with "Tourist Park", followed by "North Park", then "Northside Park".  In October 1984, the city council voted to change the name from Northside Park to Reineke Park in recognition of over 45 years of efforts by Charles and Karen Reineke in behalf of the city's parks.  This dedication of Reineke Park was August 28, 1985.

In 2001 more playground equipment was added.  In 1985 and 1986, the Milaca City Council budgeted a total of $12,000 to provide more playground equipment for the 3 city parks.  In addition to the monies from the council, volunteers and businesses donated materials, time and money for this project.  Installation began on May 31, 1986.

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