City of Merrill
Outdoor Recreation Plan (ORP)

(2018-2022 ORP development in progress.)

The City of Merrill Outdoor Recreation Plan, 2013-2018, will be used to identify new projects for development as well as which parks need refurbished recreation facilities (like trails, buildings, or playgrounds).  The plan enables the City of Merrill to be eligible for competitive federal and state outdoor recreation grant money that usually pays half the cost per project.

This plan assesses the existing outdoor recreation system of city parks, and school facilities in the City of Merrill. Recreational needs will be identified based upon public input, national & state guidelines, and Merrill & NCWRPC staff analysis. The Merrill Parks & Recreation Commission will review all of this information and guide the overall direction of recommendations to improve the recreation system over the next five years.

Submission of this report to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources establishes eligibility for Merrill to apply for a variety of federal and state aids to improve the park system.

Non-profit groups, foundations, and the general public may also use this document to coordinate their own private efforts for developing outdoor recreation facilities.


Merrill's Parks and Recreation Commission is updating this 5-year Outdoor Recreation Plan (ORP) in 2017.


2017 Planning Timeline

Spring 2017 - Plan background gathering.

June/July 2017 - Survey the Community...

This outdoor recreation survey is open until July 31, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Survey Summary is here. Adobe PDF 3.8 MB

September 2017 - Initial draft plan review.

October 2017 - Draft plan review.





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DRAFT Merrill Outdoor Recreation Plan 2018-2022 Adobe PDF 13.0 MB
Initial draft for Plan Commission review.
********** 2013-2018 Plan below: ****************
Merrill Outdoor Recreation Plan 2013-2018 Adobe PDF 2.17 MB
Adopted plan. Download maps and attachments below:


1—Existing Parks Adobe PDF 423 KB
2—Merrill Memorial Wildlife Area Adobe PDF 90 KB
3—Park Service Areas Adobe PDF 1.50 KB


All Attachments Adobe PDF 4.3 MB

Make your comments about the plan here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)