Wheeler Park is located on Center Street in lower North Mankato and is the City’s oldest park. The lower area in the park was dug out for brick making by a local business in the early part of the century. The 12 1/2-acre park is the site of the annual North Mankato Fun Days celebration every July. There are two picnic shelters, one that can be reserved and the other is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tennis courts, basketball courts, twelve clay horseshoe courts and two playground areas along with a large skating rink for winter use makes Wheeler Park a favorite for family picnics as well as company outings.
The large enclosed shelter that is attached to the bathrooms is available for reservations. This shelter has electricity, a drinking fountain and a large attached deck. A key needs to be picked up for this shelter at City Hall the last business day prior to your event. The fee to rent this shelter is $80 per day.
The shelter on the edge of the parking lot is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This shelter has electricity and a drinking fountain nearby.
Park Rules and Regulations
- Park Hours are from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Driving or parking on the grass is prohibited.
- Glass containers are prohibited.
- Bonfires are prohibited.
- Snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed.
- Audio devices may not be played so loud as to interfere with the reasonable use of the park by others.
- Personal grills may be brought in.
- Keg beer is allowed only with a permit. A $25 fee and a $250 deposit are required.
- Fishing/Ice Fishing on Ladybug Lake and Spring Lake only.
- Non-motorized canoes or kayaks on Ladybug Lake or Spring Lake. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Flotation device required.
- Dogs are allowed in Benson Park and Bluff Park only.
- Hog roasts are allowed in the parks on hard-surfaced lots only.
- Golfing is not allowed.