The City of Gillette Parks Division is responsible for overseeing more than 661.11 acres of developed park land, including 2 regional parks and 38 neighborhood parks. Many of these parks offer picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, volleyball courts, horseshoes, barbeque grills, and basketball courts. You can also enjoy outdoor fitness equipment, fishing, frisbee golf and many more great features. The division maintains over 49 miles of bike path trails that offer safe routes which provide recreational opportunities for walking, running, and cycling. In addition, Gillette has a free admission outdoor pool that is operated seasonally during the summer months.
The Parks Division provides maintenance of parks, paths, medians, boulevards, right-of-ways and other public grounds for the community. Parks employees take great pride to enrich the lives of others through quality parks and open spaces. The Parks/Forestry Divisions employ 12 full time employees and approximately 37 seasonal employees who work to keep our parks clean, safe, and in usable condition for everyone to enjoy. We invite you to experience the sense of community you get when visiting a park in Gillette.
A complete listing of individual features and facilities provided at each park may be found in the Parks Information [PDF].
Park shelters may be reserved online, or you can also reserve a park shelter by calling the Parks Division at (307) 686-5275. You may also reserve a shelter by visiting our City West office at 611 N. Exchange Avenue. Office hours are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Alcohol Permits are optional. An Alcohol Permit [PDF] will need to be filled out and returned to the City Clerk’s office should you have the need to obtain one. There is a $50.00, non-refundable charge, for the permit itself. Please call 307-686-5275, City Parks Division, or 307-686-5210, City Clerk Office, for more information.
The Parks Division oversees the Forestry Division. This division is responsible for trees and shrubs in City of Gillette public parks, boulevards, right-of-ways, and City facilities. Trees are a valuable resource that provide attractive landscapes, but they also replenish oxygen, conserve energy, and help clean the
air. Gillette’s publicly owned street trees are under regulation of the City Arborist, but their maintenance responsibility is shared across the city by adjacent landowners. It is important to remember that permits are required prior to the removal or planting of any street tree. Please see the Forestry Division website for more information.
Winterizing Parks – As the fall season comes to an end, the irrigation crew in the Parks Division is busy winterizing over 80 irrigation systems. This includes blowing out irrigation lines, water features, and fountains.
Snow Removal – The Parks Division clears over 49 miles of bike paths and sidewalks to keep the paths safe for the community. The crews also clear several parking lots including: City owned and leased parking lots, sidewalks, and bike paths throughout the community. Once the snow has reached approximately 2 inches, the crews arrive at 4:00 a.m. and shovel, broom or plow sidewalks and bike paths, beginning with the highest priorities, which are near schools.
Memorial Bench/Tree Program – Memorial benches and trees have become an increasingly popular way to remember and pay tribute to loved ones. Because of this popularity, the Parks Division has developed a program to allow either a bench or a tree to be purchased and placed at designated parks or along pathways.
Adopt-a-Planter – The Adopt-a-Planter program displays a diverse and unique collection of gardens. They reflect the human effort to create a harmonious blend of beauty and nature. They provide a sparkling jewel within the City’s right-of-ways and City owned spaces.
Accessibility – The City of Gillette welcomes persons with disabilities and is working toward enhancing several ADA accessible playgrounds and four all-inclusive playgrounds. Please see the ADA playground map as we have over 38 parks with something for everyone.
How are park construction and improvements funded? - At the ballot box, Gillette voters consistently and overwhelmingly support measures to improve and develop city parks by voting for the 1% sales tax. A portion of the tax is set aside by the City Council as directed by citizens to improve and renovate existing parks.
New developments are required to provide parkland acreage for residential construction. Developers may instead pay a fee in lieu for each home built in these developed areas to cover costs for allocated park property.
Popular Pathways – Please see Parks and Pathways layer or the City of Gillette website.
McManamen Park Pathway – 1.31 miles
Dalbey Park Pathway – 1.22 miles
Northwest Park Pathway - .38 mile