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Phoenix Park, Eau Claire

Phoenix Park is Eau Claire's newest park. Situated right downtown, this beauty has a lot to love. It's easy to get to and the view is gorgeous. The Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers meet here.

Phoenix Park
Near the Madison Street Bridge
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 839-5039 Park Info
(Parks N Rec Dept)

  • Large Pavilion
  • Chippewa River State Trail runs through it
  • Natural Amphitheatre
  • Festivals: Sounds Like Summer, Taste of Eau Claire, Open Air Festival of the Arts
  • Pavilion Rental

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My favorite thing about this park is the Sounds Like Summer music fests. Totally free, these fests are situated overlooking the river. Bring your blanket and cooler. Sit your butt down on the grass at the amphitheater. Awesome and informal.

Ok, my other favorite thing -- the Farmer's Market! If you're thinking just veggies, think again. Not only can you get great vegetables and fruit here, there's crafts, flowers, and hot meals, too. Located in the huge park pavilion, it's easy to find. Indulge yourself!

Fests of all kinds gravitate here. Taste of Eau Claire (in June), Open Air Festival of the Arts (in June), and the regular summer music fests (starting in May). Check out the local calendar for exact dates.

I love it when the area trails get an upgrade! Easy walking trails down by the river go right through Phoenix Park. This would be a great place to get a lunch-time walk in. Wear your walking shoes!

If you're looking for some exercise, try biking. There is a trail guide that has miles and miles of trails. Maps for downtown biking trails enable you to go 'greener' this summer. You might be able to bike to work.

Parking is not usually a problem for Phoenix Park, but it does get crowded during the music festivals. Get there early or plan on spending a little time finding a good parking space.

phoenix-park-pavilion phoenix-park-amphitheatre

History Bits

During the logging days, the Chippewa River would be brown with tannin from the logs.

When explorers turned up the Eau Claire River, they exclaimed that at last they had found 'Clear Water'.

Eau Claire is French for Clear Water. A testimony to the early French explorers.


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