History of Green Bay's Parks

Fireman’s Park

The location of this park was formerly used as a sanitarium, later referred to as the "Poor Farm" or "Pest House." After the old rundown building was razed, the area was dedicated as parkland with 1.7 acres reserved for a new fire station by Council action October 5, 1965.

1966 - The park was officially named Fireman’s Park as suggested by the members of the Fire Department and adopted by the Board of Park Commissioners.

1968 - Some development was started, and the alderman of the district at that time requested a study for an elevated walkway over Highway 54 for safety purposes. This never materialized as pedestrian traffic count did not warrant the large cost involved. Another traffic study was done in 1983 for an overpass to make this park more accessible to more people.

1970 - The new fire station was built to accommodate recreation programs conducted at the park in place of a separate shelter. Supervised playground programs and ice-skating were implemented. Further development included a softball diamond, play apparatus, auxiliary hockey rink, and sledding area.


  1. Only annotated statements have been verified. Any other historical statements are unverified and based on personal knowledge or informal notes kept by the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department.
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