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.
Urbandale offers many beautiful parks and outdoor recreational opportunities around almost every corner! We invite you to get out and enjoy one of our 52 parks, 45 miles of trails and 993 acres of parkland. Urbandale is also home to the only indoor public swimming pool in the metro, a bustling Senior 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!