Left – Karen Mumford oversaw Nick Haggenmiller as he manned the grill at Howard Lake’s most recent National Night Out last August. The event takes places annually at Memorial Park, and hundreds of neighbors come out to celebrate their community with lots of food, playground time, discovering Howard Lake police and fire vehicles and staff, and just catching up with their neighbors. Right – Cleaning and expansion of the beach at Lions Park began in the summer of 2018.
Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Information updated October 2018
Howard Lake has multiple parks with up-to-date equipment, public water access, and beautiful terrain.
Memorial Park, located near Wright County Road 6, offers plenty of playground equipment, a covered pavilion area for parties and picnics, is the home of the Orphans’ baseball field, and is the practice field for the American Legion’s traveling baseball team.
The city’s National Night Out observance typically takes place here, too.
Memorial Park includes a volleyball court, a fishing pier, public restrooms, and new bleachers donated by a local family of dedicated Orphans fans.
Lake Ridge Park, in the Lake Ridge development north of town, was created in 2007. It includes playground equipment for children and benches for their caretakers.
Near the Dutch Lake subdivision, one can find the 12th Street Park, which includes an ice skating rink in the winter months, and a nature trail full of wildlife in the warmer months.
Lions Park along Hwy 12 was the recipient of plans for nearly a total overhaul, which is currently taking place and remains ongoing.
In May, the city’s parks and planning commission, and Mayor Pete Zimmerman met on site at Lions Park to assess the park’s current condition, and make long and short-term suggestions for improvements.
The general consensus of that group was to make short term improvements near the fishing dock, to enhance the beach area, and work with Wright Soil and Water Conservation District and the DNR on a more comprehensive shoreline project.
The work requested included extensive cleaning and expansion of the beach area, as well as a focus on expanded maintenance and cleaning efforts park-wide, and the provision of handicapped access to lovely lake views.
Current opportunities at Lions Park include a boat launch, swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic pavilion, public restrooms, and a variety of playground equipment, making it a great place to host events. In fact, in 2018, the park became home to the Howard Lake Farmers Market Thursday afternoons. Watch for more new improvements in the near future.