John Henes Park is named for the community resident and businessman who developed a unique parcel of land known as Poplar Point and gave it to the City of Menominee in 1907. The park is one of the community’s star attractions and has served as host to school picnics, wedding receptions, graduation parties and family reunions for more than a century. John Henes Park may truly be the one place in town that consistently brings generations of current and former residents together. Although the park has seen many changes over the years in attractions—the deer pen, a zoo, a miniature railroad—the park’s main road and its many trails are solid links to that original gift to the city.
The Shakepeare Nature Trail located to the left inside the entrance was laid out in 1907 by O.C. Simonds of Chicago, a renowned landscape architect. His "work with nature" philosophy clearly guided the park design. The nature trails are named after literary favorites, Longfellow, Byron, Homer, Goethe, Schiller, Virgil, and Whittier. Seventeen tree markers identify the species of trees located within this area. There are many native wild flowers found on the forest floor. Some of the examples are hepatica, red and white bane berry, jack-in-the-pulpit, various ferns, wood violets, wild Iris, yellow Lady Slipper, Solomon's Seal, Canada Mayflower, and many Anemone varieties. These characteristics anchor the original "natural" design from the past for our future enjoyment of our beloved park.
Park Season Opening - After Memorial Day
• Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
• Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
• Monday through Sunday: 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
After Labor Day through Park Closing (Tentative Oct.)
• Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Monday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Upon season closing until the day of park season-opening, the following year, no vehicular or motorized traffic is allowed in John Henes Park. Pedestrians, only, are permitted to use the park from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. during this period of park closure.
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