Located at the western entrance of St. Charles along State Highway 14, City Park is one of the welcoming landmarks of St. Charles. The St. Charles City Park consists of 31 acres and is both the City’s largest park and the City’s most utilized in the St. Charles Park system due to its accessible location on Hwy 14 at 719 West 6th Street. For that reason is the most developed in terms of playground equipment, recreational functionality, and bathroom facilities. It features three pavilions that can be rented for small gatherings and parties, four sand volleyball courts, an open green space that it is utilized for various activities including soccer, kickball, frisbee toss, or a game of catch football. Two sets of children’s playground equipment as well as a climbing wall can offer different challenges for children of all ages. It also features two regulation sized softball fields that are utilized by the local school district with the South Branch of the Whitewater River serving as the backdrop. Bike/walking trails meander along the banks of the Whitewater River and help to connect to the City’s larger trail system that also connects to the adjacent space, known as Kaehler’s Field, that features a practice football and baseball field as well as a small skate park. Ample parking is available.
Brookwood Park was developed in 2000 and consists of 2.5 acres and is located on the north end of Whitewater Avenue. The park features playground equipment and a pavilion. Following the flood of 2007, the former trailer park homes that were located in the flood-prone area were relocated and with the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City acquired the property and constructed an area that now serves as a local Park & Ride space for residents traveling to either Rochester or Winona via the public transit service. The local snowmobile enthusiasts club, the Whitewater Trailblazers, have donated money to various projects within the park over time.