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Posted on: October 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Winterizing Parks

Urbandale Parks & Recreation staff will begin shutting down drinking fountains and restrooms throughout the park system beginning Monday, October 17.  As temperatures continue to drop, all park facilities must be winterized to withstand harsh weather conditions. Portable restrooms will remain through October and then closed and removed in early November.

Maintaining water to unheated facilities during cold winter months can cause water pipes to burst resulting in expensive repairs. When temperatures allow in the spring, staff will restore water to the public restrooms and drinking fountains. Although Urbandale parks remain open year-round, trail maintenance may be limited during certain times of the year. Visitors should use caution during winter due to the potential for snow, ice, and debris hazards.

Urbandale Parks & Recreation manages 57 parks, 50 miles of paved trails, and offers more than 300 athletic, instructional, recreational, and wellness programs during the year. Indoor programs are provided throughout the winter and can be found online at or call the Parks & Recreation Office at 515-278-3963. 

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