Ottumwa’s Public Parks

Ottumwa has a great variety of parks – big to small – some developed, others quite wild.  Around town you will find places in our parks ranging from the most modern playgrounds to ancient Iowa landscapes.

Click on the parks to the right to learn more!

Our Parks

Ballingall Park

Located at River Drive and Main Street in front of the Wapello County Historical Museum and the Amtrak train depot. This urban park has a historic steam engine and water fountain. Ballingall Park is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of a historic railroad district that includes the depot and nearby area.

Bark Park

A special fenced area of Ottumwa Park designed just for dogs! The Bark Park is an off-leash area for dogs and their owners to run and play. The Bark Park is located just off U.S. Highway 34 in Ottumwa.

Bell Park

Bell Park is a family friendly, neighborhood park on Schwartz Drive. A shelter, playground equipment and tennis/basketball courts are available.

Caldwell Park

West Main Street and Arrison. This park is maintained as an upland oak savannah, a once common Iowa landscape. A peaceful place with a commanding view of the Des Moines River valley.

Central Park

Situated between City Hall and the library at the intersection of North Court and Fourth Streets is the crown jewel of the parks. It is Ottumwa's "town square" park with an ampitheater stage, large oak trees, shade benches and picnic tables. The war memorial is located on the north side of the park on Fourth Street. Thursday evenings during the month of June the Municipal Band performs at the bandstand.

Foster Park

Named after George Foster, grandson of John Morrell, founder of Morrell Meat Packing, is located at East Main and Foster. Playground equipment, a shelter with BBQ grill, picnic tables, restrooms and drinking fountains are available.


Next to the old Franklin School at Walnut and Second, this two acre park has picnic tables, disc golf and playground equipment.


A wilderness area located just off North Court Street, between Highland and Woodland Avenues. Totally undeveloped - totally wild! It has an oak/hickory woodland landscape and is home to a variety of wildlife; an excellent place to get "close to nature."


Main and Benton Streets. An open, undeveloped green space along the Main Street corridor.


Also known as Reservoir Park because of the large water tank buried beneath the park. It is a neighborhood park with playground equipment, shelter, facilities for baseball/softball, basketball and tennis are available at this two acre park. Hillcrest is located at the crest of Court Hill, on Court Street.

Jefferson Park

Playground equipment, picnic tables and a basketball court are available at this two acre park located at Jefferson and Gara. This park is home to some truly majestic cottonwood trees.

Memorial Park

Located at Jefferson & Elm under the water tower is one of the most used parks in the park system. Merrill Cabin is available for reservations as well as the shelter on Elm. Playground equipment, disc golf course, a 4-mile mountain bike trail, picnic tables, bar-be-cue grill, restrooms, trails, bridges, ponds, benches, and drinking fountains are available at this 47 acre park.

Ottumwa Park

Consisting of four quadrants at the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 63. Ponds, playground equipment, drinking fountains, shelters with BBQ grills, horse arena, sand volleyball, fishing, camping, walking and biking trails, softball, basketball, tennis, football and soccer are available at this 340 acre park.

Pickwick Park

A neighborhood park located near Douma School at Keota and Schuyler. Baseball/softball field with bleachers, shelter, picnic tables and playground equipment are available at this five acre park.

Skate Park

A place just for skateboards, inline skates and trick bike riders. The Skate Park is located downtown on Market Street on the banks of the Des Moines River. This free park features miniramps, a spine ramp, and a street course with boxes, rails, banks, and quaterpipes. Open 24/7.

Sycamore Park

An open area of Ottumwa Park adjacent to the Beach Ottumwa. Noted for its amazing sycamore trees. Sycamore Park features the Kids First Playground, a picnic shelter and plenty of fresh air. This area is also adjacent to the levee trail system along the Des Moines River.

Troeger Park

Located across from Bridge View Center on Church Street, this shady retreat has tennis courts and horseshoe pitching. This park serves as a memorial to Paul Troeger, one of Ottumwa's park commissioners.

Union Park

The Mid-West Little League calls this park home. Also available is a shelter with BBQ grill, restrooms, picnic tables, playground equipment, drinking fountains and basketball and tennis courts.

Wildwood Park

Located at Shaul and Finely on the south side of the city, this park has shelters with BBQ grills, picnic tables, restrooms, drinking fountains, playground equipment, a disc golf course, trails, baseball and softball fields and tennis and basketball courts. Its more "wild" areas run along Kettle Creek. In winter, its long sledding hill is the stuff of legends.