Welcome to Appleton, Wisconsin's
Historic Old Third Ward


Annual Picnic Coming Up, Sunday, August 30, 2015!

The sidewalks are in (including this sidewalk poem,) the grass is taking hold and it's time for a picnic. The annual Old Third Ward annual picnic will be held at the corner of S. Walnut St. and W. Prospect Ave. at the "triangle" on Sunday, August 30, 2015. This is the site of the future Pioneer Park.

Neighbors are asked to bring a dish to pass. The Old Third Ward Neighborhood Association will proved brats, buns, condiments, chips and soda. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

We start at 4:00 p.m. and go until ??? Bring stories and photos from the neighborhood.


"Treasure Hunt" Sale to Benefit Hearthstone

The Northland Mall will be the site of a "treasure hunt" sale to benefit Hearthstone:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
9 a.m.to noon on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

The sale will be held in the space where the annual AAUW book sale is held, next to Kohl's. There is a variety of items for sale: textiles, glassware and dishware, books, clothing and even furniture. Stop by and pick up a few treasures for your home. You will be supporting our good neighbor, Hearthstone Historic House Museum.


Spring 2015 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Old Third Ward Neighborhood Association newsletter has been posted. Please Contact the Old Third Ward with any comments or questions.


Plans for Pioneer Park and the Waterfront

The work on the triangle at W. Prospect Ave. and S. Walnut St., will begin this spring. The site of the former water reservoir, a green space since the water tank was removed in 2013, will be transformed with sidewalks, plantings, benches and tables. In keeping with the 2007 resolution proposed by the late Walter Kalata the space will be named Pioneer Park.

The City of Appleton has moved the land formerly known as the Appleton Water Treatment Plant on Water Street to the Parks and Recreation Department. This resolution proposed by Alderpersons Patti Coenen and Joe Martin was unanimously approved at the March 4, 2015 Common Council meeting. This move to Parks and Rec is in keeping with the 2006 Master Plan for Jones Park and Fox River Properties in which this space was recommended to become a park:

"...the Master Plan for Jones Park and the Fox River Properties recommends that the riverfront at the water treatment plant be redeveloped as a public park anchored by a community building and interactive water feature."

Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 13, Fox River Corridor Redevelopment Plan, p. 166.


July Meeting Minutes Now Posted

Minutes for the July, 2015 OTW Board meeting, July 13, 2015 are now available. If you have any comments or questions, please contact the Old Third Ward. Find out what's happening in Our Neighborhood! Check out the Event Calendar


The Old Third Ward Neighborhood Association provides scholarships to high school students who wish to pursue studies in historic preservation, urban planning, local history and other related subjects. The Association also brings the neighborhood together for an annual dinner (in January) and an end-of-summer picnic (in September.) We also maintain the Old Third Ward Website, publish a popular walking tour brochure of the area, and stage periodic home tours. Please help the Association continue these worthy practices. The Old Third Ward Neighborhood Association is a private nonprofit corporation.