This park, the oldest in the Waukesha, has the feel of a Town Square, nestled in front of the Waukesha Public Library.
A main feature of this park is the Les Paul Performance Center, where Les stuffed ads in the newspapers that he delivered as a boy. To the right of the Performance Center is where Les observed a fellow newspaper boy build a crystal radio, resulting in the early step in Les’s quest for the perfect sound. Les Paul even performed at the Performance Cente. In 1988 the city changed the name of the band shell to honor Les. The Waukesha Civic Band has been performing there every summer for over 70 years.
Another feature is the playground, which is host to two separate climbing structures; a smaller one for toddlers, and a larger one for older kids. The playground contains a flexible eco-rubber surface under the swings, slides, and climbing structures.
In 2013 the Born Learning Trail was added to the park, which provides an interactive trail with instructions for simple games that adults can play with young children to turn a trip to the park into fun learning moments.
The park is also home to many other notable historical items, such as three protected Indian Burial Mounds and numerous Civil War monuments including the Soldier’s Monument.
321 Wisconsin Ave.
Open sunrise – 10pm daily.