Brand-New “Riverlife Park” in Wausau Opening Soon!

Written by Jamie Polley

The City of Wausau will soon be opening an exciting new park that will be free and open to the public . . .

Riverlife Park is located on N. River Drive just north of the riverfront restaurant/arcade Wausau on the Water (WOW).

Riverlife Park skywalk and slide. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Polley.)

The park includes a unique playground for children 5 to 12 years old that includes:

  • Climbing nets
  • A skywalk
  • Boulders
  • Spinners
  • . . . & more!

There are also a few smaller pieces of equipment for children ages 2 to 5 years.

Riverlife Park climbing nets and skywalk. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Polley.)

Looking for a challenge?

The park includes the City of Wausau’s first Challenge Course with a timing system. Race against your own time, or race against someone else’s time. The Challenge Course has a number of obstacles that will make you feel like a ninja!

Part of Riverlife Park’s Challenge Course. Notice the beautiful Wisconsin River flowing in the background. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Polley.)

This park is not only for children; there’s plenty to keep adults busy as well. The park includes a large fitness area with cardio machines and static weight machines.

Some of Riverlife Park’s adult fitness equipment. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Polley.)

Plus, the entire park has a poured-in-place rubber surface, making it ADA accessible.

The park’s Concession building will also be the home of a new Briq’s Soft Serve!

Riverlife Park Concession building. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Polley.)

Briq’s will be serving their same great ice-cream specialties on the riverfront.


Tables and benches are scattered throughout the park for people to enjoy this new park and the scenic Wisconsin River that runs through the great City of Wausau.

Final touches and landscaping are being completed through June 21, 2019. Following an inspection, the City hopes to open the park up to the public by July 1, 2019.

A grand-opening celebration will be scheduled for early August. Be sure to watch for more details!

In the meantime, there are LOADS of fun things to do in Marathon County while you’re waiting for Riverlife Park to open. Just check out our latest Recreation Guide for ideas . . .2019SpringSummer_ParksAndRecGuide

Jamie_PolleyJamie Polley

Director  |  Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department

Jamie Polley is the Director of Parks, Recreation, & Forestry for the City of Wausau and Marathon County. She is a native of Marathon County and after living in Minnesota for 11 years, she made her way back home in 2018. Jamie is excited to lead this unique City/County department forward and tell the story of what the Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department is and does so that all citizens know of the opportunities available to them. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a master’s degree in Sports Management. Outside of work, Jamie is an avid runner and loves to spend time with her family enjoying the outdoors.  Email Jamie Polley.


You might also like…


Marathon County logoPlease email our Editorial Board with your comments, suggestions, and article ideas.

And if you spot a typo or an inaccuracy, please contact us so we can fix it. Thanks!