Located at 300 South 9th Street, Winterset City Park has many wonderful features spread out over 76 acres. Facilities include: three beautiful limestone shelter houses; play equipment; restrooms; picnic areas; campground; sand volleyball court; hedge maze; lower park natural area, Cutler-Donahue Covered Bridge; Clark Tower; and other historical sites.
Regular park hours are: 6:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. The City Park begins normal spring operation (water turned on, tower road open, shelter use) in April. The road to Clark Tower closes each night at sunset. The City Park drive-through gates (for vehicles) are closed for the winter months. Reservation policies for shelter houses and camping are on the campground page. The City Park Campground entrance is at 1000 E. Court.
Work is underway to improve and preserve the lower park woodlands. Users will notice a lot of honeysuckle was removed in the winter months. The chain link fencing is going away at the entrance and will be replaced, this spring, by stone columns, wood railing fence, sign, accent lighting and plantings. Later in the fall, the NW parking lot and covered bridge area will be enhanced. Also, in the works, is a huge community effort to get City Park and several structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
Winterset Aquatic Center
The aquatic center offers a variety of fun features for the whole family to enjoy such as slides, sprays, shade, grass area, zero-depth, and concessions. The aquatic center water is heated for added comfort. Aquatic programming includes opening swim times, lessons, exercise classes, private parties, and lots more. See the aquatic center page for programming details.
Whistle Stop Park
Located at 407 west North Street. Facilities include basketball court, open shelter, play equipment, drinking fountain, and small open grass area. Park hours are 6:00 am – 10:30 pm.
Lighted Tennis Courts
Lighted tennis courts are located adjacent to the aquatic center. The two courts are available on drop in basis most anytime except during scheduled activities such as lessons and leagues. Regular park hours are 6:00 am. – 11:30 pm. The courts are for TENNIS and PICKLE BALL ONLY. Permanent pickleball lines are painted on the east court and 2 portable nets are provided. Please no bikes, skateboards, roller-blades, or scooters allowed on the courts. LIGHTS are regulated by a multi-watt system, which provides two light levels. The control box is located just outside the north gate. To turn lights ON, push the black button. After a short warm-up period, lights will be on the high intensity level for about 45minutes. After 45 minutes, lights will dim to the low energy saving level. With another push of the black button, the lights will quickly return to the high intensity level for another 45 minutes. Tennis and pickleball programs are listed on our Park and Recreation Department page (check out the Spring, Summer and Fall Programs).
Located along Hwy 92 across from the former Shopko. These 3 ball diamonds and batting cages are the home for the Winterset Little League Program. Several upgrades to facilities have been completed in recent years. The Winterset Little League (WLL) was the driving force for these upgrades with cooperation from the Winterset community and City of Winterset. The WLL handles all the programming and organization for a large number of youth who enjoy baseball and softball. The city provides the general maintenance of the complex and field preparations. The WLL minor & major teams are a member of the Twin Rivers League. T-ball and Pee-Wee games are also played here.
Martin Marietta Fields — Softball Complex
Located at 1100 E. Court Ave. Includes two adult sized softball fields. Winterset Adult Softball Leagues and tournaments are played here. Youth teams practice here and may play some games. The east diamond is lighted. Both fields are irrigated to enhance the quality of the turf.
Martin Marietta Fields – Soccer Complex
Located to the east of softball fields. The soccer complex is the home of the Winterset Area Soccer Club (WASC) Program. Amenities include: 9 acres of multiple fields, irrigation, drainage and a large parking lot. Recent improvements include a new shelter house and expanded area (adjacent to dog park) for the younger ages. The WASC coordinates a very popular spring and fall youth soccer program including a summer camp and tournament.
Memory Lane Park
Located on 517 East Lane Street. Facilities include: open shelter, play equipment, basketball court, small open grass area and off-street parking.
Carver Memorial Park
Located next to the Fire Station on E. Court. Dedicated in 1988, this small park is a tribute to the memory and ideas of George Washington Carver. A large mural was installed in 2014 to honor the 150th anniversary of Dr. Carver’s birth. The mural, of hand-made ceramic tiles, is named “DREAM BIG DREAMS”. This public art project was a collaboration of local students, area educators/professionals, volunteers, and donors. The mural honors Carver’s love for education, art, nature and his dream to make a better world.
Winterset Skate Park
Located at 517 South 4th Ave. along Summit, opened in 2017. The Winterset Skate Park is a street-plaza style design with various transitions and features for all skill levels. This new facility provides our community a safe place for area skaters to enjoy this action sport and develop skills. Last summer some new amenities (shelter house, picnic tables and benches) were added to enhance this park. Park closes at sunset each night.
Winterset Dog Park
Located east of soccer complex at 1402 E. Court Ave. Dog park opened to the public late in 2019. This facility is a great place for dogs to run off-leash. Play equipment for the dogs will be added in 2020. The WPRD is looking for volunteer park ambassadors. Dog park hours are sun up to sun down. A permit is required to use the dog park. See more information on the Dog Park page.
People and Dogs in the Parks and Public Spaces
The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing a safe and quality park system for the Winterset Community. Park rules exist to assure our many park visitors have a pleasant experience. Two specific park rules that need to be remembered when taking a dog to a City Park or any public places in our community are: Dogs are to be leashed at all times; and Pet owners shall pick up and properly dispose of their pet’s waste. Appreciation and thanks are extended to responsible pet owners who, along with their pets, respect other park users and the park system. Dog owners are asked to bring a paper cup or bag to pick up waste. Thank You!
Tobacco-Free Park Policy
To promote a healthier park experience, Tobacco use is prohibited by park visitors and park employees on all park grounds and facilities managed by the WPRD with the exception of City Park Campground. This includes: City Park, Winterset Aquatic Center / Tennis Courts Area, Martin Marietta Softball and Soccer Complexes, Giffin Fields, Memory Lane, Carver Park, Winterset Skate Park and Dog Park. This policy extends to any youth or adult activity and includes park shelter houses. For this policy, tobacco use is defined as smoking, chewing, dipping, dissolvable, vaping, and lighting or any other use of tobacco-like products. As a reminder signs are posted at park locations. Thank you for your cooperation.