New! Dog Park
The Council approved a bid to build a three-acre dog park at the former wastewater treatment plant site, located at 4905 68th Street. The cost of this project includes demolition/restoration of the current site and construction of the dog park, entrance drive, and 24-stall parking lot. The dog park is expected to be open in summer 2023. Learn more.
Those of us lucky enough to live near parks, open spaces, and green ways know the joys they bring: the calming views of trees and green lawns, the fresh air, and the laughter of children playing. Benefits of parks include:
- Parks, green ways and trails enable and encourage people to exercise.
- Exposure to nature improves psychological and social health.
- Play is critical for child development.
- Parks help build healthy, stable communities.
View all of our parks and shelters.
Urbandale offers many beautiful parks and outdoor recreational opportunities around almost every corner! We invite you to get out and enjoy one of our 55+ parks, 50+ miles of trails and 1,000 acres of parkland. Urbandale is also home to a bustling Senior Recreation Center, numerous sports fields, indoor / outdoor shelters, and facilities for rent.
Looking for a 5K Route in Walker Johnston Park?
We have received many requests for a mapped out 5K route in Walker Johnston Park. Due to these requests, we have created a map that outlines a beautiful and scenic 5K route. If you are planning an event, or just looking to run/walk for personal reasons, this 5K route, beginning at the Walker Johnston Park Shelter, is perfect!