Parks & Recreation

Urbandale Parks and Recreation is dedicated to helping residents and neighbors stay fit, active, and healthy so everyone can enjoy the rich quality of life our community has to offer. 

We offer adult & youth classes, a public indoor swimming pool, and a Senior Center with activities and FUN for the whole family!

USA Softball to Cease Operations for 2017

On January 1, 2017 the Urbandale Sports Association (USA), who had leased Walker Johnston Softball complex from the City of Urbandale, defaulted on a loan that the City was a guarantor on.  This resulted in the City being required to pay off the balance of the loan and initiated a clause in the lease, which terminated their lease. 

The City offered USA an opportunity to rent the fields to continue to provide adult softball at the complex, but they declined the proposed rental agreement offered by the City.

The City of Urbandale has made arrangements to manage and operate the complex and will rent out the fields for tournament and non-tournament play for the 2017 season.  Starting March 1, 2017, the City will begin taking rental reservations for use of the fields from April 3 to October 15, 2017.

Questions regarding rental opportunities can be directed to the City of Urbandale’s Park and Recreation Department at 515-278-3963 or

2017 Winter/Spring Guide

Registration is now open.

Click the image at right to view our complete on-line guide.


Family Fun and Fitness Swim Night – February 18

Saturday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Youth will learn about fitness, healthy living, and how resiliency can affect our health.
This event is for current and prior military families. Register here

Third Annual B.Y.O.B. Race – Saturday, March 4 

Bring your own boat, with paddles to the pool. For more information click here.

Magicamp! SPRING BREAK! – March 13 and 15

Monday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 15 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Magicamp is for anyone who likes to have fun! Learn stuff that you can do anywhere, at anytime and for the rest of your life. All magic materials are provided. Ages 7-15. Register by March 6.

Princess for a Day! –
March 11

Saturday, March 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Girls, ages 3-10, will love this class! They will create a tiara, a sash with their name and a royal wand! Register by March 6.

Bird Feeder Arts IN THE PARK – March 29

Wednesday, March 29 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Create a one-of-a-kind bird feeder using your choice of supplies. Ages 6-11. Register by March 22.

Tie Dye Arts IN THE PARK – April 12

Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your own t-shirt, socks, shorts, etc. to tie dye! Ages 6-11. Register by April 5.

Mother/Daughter Tea – May 13

Saturday, May 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. Come celebrate the girls in your life by joining us for a Mother/Daughter tea party and decorating a May Basket. Register by May 8.