Parks & Recreation

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Update: Thursday, May 21: Urbandale Extending Closures and Announcing New Cancellations

The City of Urbandale is extending closures and announcing new cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The Urbandale Indoor Swimming Pool and Senior Recreation Center will remain closed until at least July 6, 2020.
  • All in-person Parks and Recreation Programs are canceled through at least June 14, 2020.
  • Virtual programming opportunities can be found at

The following park amenities remain closed until at least June 14, 2020:

  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • All City-owned sports fields
  • Walker Johnston Skate Park
  • Indoor and Outdoor Shelter and facility rentals

Parks and trails continue to be open, but social distancing is required. Avoid groups of people and crowded areas. If a public space can’t be enjoyed safely, go home or discover a new park. While visiting any public space, use your best judgment and act responsibly; bring your own sanitation supplies with you and adhere to social distancing guidelines. If you do not feel well or have been sick, stay home.

The City of Urbandale will be complying with all directives from the Governor’s Office, the State Department of Health, and Federal health officials when it comes to the reopening of City services. City facilities will gradually reopen as conditions warrant, a reopen date is still being evaluated. For the most up-to-date information visit

Virtual Classes

We’re always creating new digital video content that you can do every day! See some of the newest videos on the Virtual Classes page!

Virtual 50K Race

A virtual challenge is a challenge that can be accomplished from any location and any workout you choose. You can run, walk, jog, follow a workout video, lift weights in your basement, etc. As long as you stay active, you’ll conquer the challenge! Learn more about the Go the Social Distance 50k - Virtual Challenge here!

Where in the Parks Am I?

From May to October 2020, we will be featuring different parks and encouraging everyone to get outside and enjoy the 56 parks and more than 50 miles of trails Urbandale offers! Every Monday we’ll provide a new clue and photo on Facebook about the park we’re highlighting. At the end of the month, you’ll have the ability to guess which park we are featuring. If you figure it out, submit the answers to us via our online form and you’ll have a chance to win a prize! Learn more, submit your answers, and see all the rules here.

  1. Jan Herke

    Director of Parks & Recreation

  2. Parks & Recreation

    Physical Address
    3600 86th Street
    Urbandale, IA 50322

    Phone: 515-278-3963

Update: Friday, April 17: Recreation Programs Canceled Through May; City Facilities Remain Closed

Governor Reynolds announced all Iowa schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. With this new information, Urbandale Parks & Recreation will be following the same direction, canceling all programs, events, rentals, and shelter reservations through May 31, 2020. All City facilities will also remain closed until further notice.

We have received several questions regarding summer programs, and what timeline and schedule might be considered. Unfortunately, right now there are too many uncertainties to be able to predict when we will be able to offer summer programs. We will continue to monitor information provided by the CDC, State of Iowa, and local officials to develop a plan for future programs and events. In the meantime, we are offering many virtual classes and events online.

Update: Monday, March 30: Playgrounds Closed; Parks and Trails Remain Open

Urbandale’s parks and trails are currently open to the public for recreation but due to COVID-19 our playground equipment, skatepark, and shelter houses are closed until further notice. All park restrooms and water fountains remain closed and turned off. Tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts will remain open, however, team sports, pickup games, and contact play are prohibited.

Residents are asked to do their part to keep family, friends, neighbors and our community safe. Signs will be posted at each park regarding the closure. The City of Urbandale is keeping your well-being top of mind in everything we do.

While visiting any public space, use your best judgment and at your comfort level. Adhere to recommended CDC guidelines for social gatherings and continue social distancing efforts. If you do not feel well or have been sick, please stay home.

Update: Thursday, March 19: Parks, Trails, Classes, and Spring Cleanup

Parks and Trails Remain Open
Urbandale parks, trails, and outdoor shelters are open and can be used at your comfort level. Please note that we don’t sanitize outdoor play structures, playgrounds or equipment. Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online at the CDC website. Restrooms and water fountains in all parks continue to be closed. Canceling outings and avoiding social contact can be frustrating and difficult amid the spread of coronavirus, but you can still safely enjoy being outdoors at one of the 56 public parks, 36 playgrounds, or 50 miles of paved trails in Urbandale. We encourage people to practice appropriate social distancing and following all the CDC guidelines when it comes to safely interacting with other people. 

Parks & Recreation programs and summer registration suspended until further notice:
In an ongoing effort to keep our residents and patrons safe, we have suspended all Parks & Recreation, Indoor Pool, and Senior Recreation Center classes until further notice. Summer registration for all Parks & Recreation classes, events, programs, and swim lessons are also postponed until further notice.

Spring Clean Up Suspended
The Spring Cleanup Program originally scheduled for Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24 has been temporarily suspended. This is a very popular program and we will announce a new date soon. You can find more information regarding Spring Cleanup (and many other popular city services and programs) in your water bill, on social media, and right here on the Urbandale website.

Update: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:30 AM: All Parks & Recreation Classes/Events Suspended 

As the spread of the virus continues to evolve, residents should expect other changes in services as the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus is implemented. Your health and safety continues to be our most important priority, and we remain committed to keeping you up to date on the actions we are taking as the situation develops.

  • All Parks & Recreation programs, classes, lessons, and events at all facilities have been suspended through Sunday, April 12.
  • All Parks & Recreation facility rentals are canceled through Sunday, April 12.
  • Walker Johnston Regional Park softball and baseball fields are closed through Sunday, April 12.
  • The seasonal opening of park restrooms and drinking fountains will be delayed through Sunday, April 12.
  • The Senior Recreation Center, Indoor Public Pool, Lions Park Shelter, and Giovannetti Community Shelter are closed through Sunday, April 12.

We will keep you updated should further actions or cancellations be required. Please continue to refer to this webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Social Distance In Parks

Social Distancing

  1. Jan Herke

    Director of Parks & Recreation

  2. Parks & Recreation

    Physical Address
    3600 86th Street
    Urbandale, IA 50322

    Phone: 515-278-3963

    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.