Dubuque offers many parks that include everything from a simple set of swings to phenomenal views of the Mississippi River. Some of the best hiking trails in the state are right here in our parks.
Allison-Henderson Park: Bordered by North Grandview Avenue, Loras Boulevard, University Avenue and Nowata Street, 589-4263. The 5-acre park includes an inline hockey rink, playground equipment, barbecue grills, picnic tables, multipurpose greenspace and a recreation center.
Asbury Park: City of Asbury off Asbury Road, 556-7106. Offers picnic facilities, playground, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts and a softball diamond. Pavilion reservation also available.
Avon Park: Avon Street, 589-4263. This one-acre park offers picnic facilities, playground equipment, volleyball and basketball courts.
A.Y. McDonald Park: Hawthorne Street Peninsula. Playground equipment, bike trail, boat ramp, two fishing platforms, rest rooms and picnic tables.
Bergfeld Recreation Area: Located in Dubuque Industrial Park West at Seippel Road and Chavenelle Drive. Includes pavilion, stocked fishing pond with handicap accessible fishing jetties, walk way around the pond, play equipment and rest rooms.
Burden Playground: On Windsor and Burden avenues, 589-4263. This one-acre playground offers playground equipment and a multipurpose green area.
Cancer Survivors Park: On the corner of West Third and College streets. A gazebo, playground equipment and a memorial brick sidewalk with survivors' names are at the site.
Cleveland Park: At the end of Cleveland Avenue, 589-4263. This four-acre park offers picnic facilities, barbecue grills and playground equipment.
Comiskey Park: 24th and Jackson streets, 589-4263. This four-acre park offers playground equipment, a tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a softball diamond and skate park. A recreation center on the grounds is available to rent.
Eagle Point Park: Off Shiras Avenue, 589-4263. This 164-acre park overlooks the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam No. 11. Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are visible from the viewing towers. This park also offers: Native stone shelters, picnic facilities, barbecue grills, six tennis courts, a wading pool, playground equipment, horseshoe courts and a band shell. Shelters are available for rental on a reservation basis. Entrance fees: 7-9 a.m. free, 9 a.m.-closing $1 per car and $5 per bus. There is no charge for bicyclists or pedestrians.
Falk Playground: Ideal Lane and Earl Drive, 589-4263. One-acre park with playground equipment.
Finley's Landing: Three miles northeast of Sherrill, Iowa, at 24500 Finley's Landing Road, 556-6745. The area offers a boat landing, picnic facilities, barbecue grills, a playground, campgrounds and hiking trails.
Flat Iron Park: Bordered by Main, Jones and Shields streets, 589-4263. This one-acre park offers picnic areas.
Flora Krey Wahlert Park: Off Pennsylvania Avenue and Green Street, 589-4263. This 35-acre park has picnic shelters, barbecue grills, playground equipment, five tennis courts, swimming pool, horseshoe courts, two softball diamonds, volleyball courts and the Richard J. Slattery Arts and Recreation Center. Pavilions are available on a reservation basis.
Gay Playground: Bordered by Gay, Primrose and Putnam streets, 589-4263. This nine-acre playground offers horseshoe courts, playground equipment and softball fields.
Gramercy Park: Beecher Street, East Dubuque, Ill. Having served as an Indian burial ground dating to 200-500 A.D., this park is full of history.
Granger Creek Nature Trail: Dubuque Technology Park, 589-4263.
Grant Park: Bordered by Bluff, Locust and 15th streets, 589-4263.
Harvest View Park: Asbury Road and Matthew John Drive. Open air pavilion, playground equipment and walking path.
Heritage Trail: U.S. 52 and Rupp Hollow Road, 556-6745. Offers 26 mile trail made of compacted, crushed limestone. Uses include hiking, biking and winter activities. Cost is $1.10 per day and $10.25 per year for ages 12-64.
Hillcrest Park: Hillcrest Road and Morningview Drive, 589-4263. This two-acre playground offers picnic facilities and playground equipment.
Hilltop Playground: West Eighth and Caledonia streets, 589-4263. This one-acre playground offers volleyball and basketball courts, and playground equipment.
Interstate Power Co. Forest Preserve: Southwest of Dubuque three miles off U.S. 151 on Olde Davenport Road; 556-6745. A 78-acre wooded area donated to the Dubuque County Conservation Board by Interstate Power Co., this park features a hiking trail through a variety of forest habitats teeming with wildlife.
Jackson Park: Bordered by Iowa, Main and 15th streets, 589-4263. This two-acre park offers playground equipment and basketball courts.
Jefferson Park: University Avenue and Walnut Street, 589-4263. Covering five acres of land, the park offers picnic facilities, playground equipment and basketball courts.
Little Maquoketa River Mounds Preserve: North of Dubuque 21/2 miles on U.S. 52. Includes nature trails for hiking around Indian burial mounds.
Madison Park: Off Clarke Drive at the top of North Main St., 589-4263. This three-acre park offers picnic facilities, playground equipment and basketball courts.
Maple Hills Park: Burr Oak Street, Asbury, 556-7106. This neighborhood park features a baseball field and playground equipment.
Marshall Park: 3125 W. 32nd St., 589-4263. Home of the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (556-2100), this 50-acre park offers walking trails, flower displays, picnic facilities, barbecue grills, an educational center, as well as an undeveloped wooded area.
Massey Marina Park: 9400 Massey Marina Lane, seven miles south of Dubuque on U.S. 52. This 11-acre park offers camping, boat ramp, pavilion, playground, showers, Laundromat and two harbors.
Gerald "Red" McAleece Park & Recreation Complex: Located on Adm. Sheehy Drive on Chaplain Schmitt Island, 589-4263. Features three lighted softball diamonds; John Petrakis Field, a lighted regulation baseball field with bleacher seating; a concession stand, picnic facilities, two regulation adult soccer fields, playground equipment and barbecue grills. Also offers a skate park onsite, open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mines of Spain: 8999 Bellevue Heights, 556-0620. Accessible from U.S. 52 S. and Julien Dubuque Drive. The Mines of Spain is a 1,380-acre area offering picnic facilities and five miles of hiking trails. Includes the E.B. Lyons Nature Center, a 37-acre interpretive nature center complete with trails to historical and natural sites such as the Julien Dubuque Monument. Center includes wildflower garden, butterfly and bird garden, rest rooms, history of the Mines of Spain, fossils, Native American relics and an area with live reptile exhibits for children.
Mud Lake Park: Six miles north of Lock and Dam No. 11. Land access is by Mud Lake Road, north of Dubuque, off US 52, 552-2746. The park offers camping area electrical hookups, water, rest rooms, hot showers and a public boat ramp.
Louis Murphy Park: South end of Dubuque off South Grandview Avenue, one block east of US 151/61/52 South, 589-4263. Eighty acres overlooking Dubuque and the Mississippi River. Includes picnic facilities, barbecue grills, playground equipment, horseshoe courts, three tennis courts and multipurpose greenspace. Pavilions are available to rent.
Miller-Riverview Park: Adjacent to Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino on Adm. Sheehy Drive, 589-4263. This 20-acre park with a view of the Mississippi River offers campsites with electrical hookups, picnic facilities, fireplaces, hiking trails, a sand beach fishing areas and pavilions available to rent. A marina with a boat launch is less than a block away.
Orange Park: 18th and Washington streets. Playground equipment, benches and open play area.
Pinard Park: 2819 Pinard St., 589-4263.
Pyatigorsk Park: 16th Street and Kerper Boulevard. Picnic area.
Riley Park: Off Crescent Ridge. Playground equipment and basketball court.
Rocco Buda Jr. Park: 508 Loras Blvd., 589-4263. Playground equipment, picnic facilities and a gazebo.
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve: Next to Swiss Valley Park on Swiss Valley Road, 556-6745. The 500-acre nature preserve features an interpretive nature center with displays about the natural heritage and resources of the Dubuque area. It also offers trout fishing and seven miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing.
Swiss Valley Park: 13768 Swiss Valley Road, 556-6745. The park offers picnic facilities, a playground, walking paths and a wading creek and trout stream.
Teddy Bear Park: Gabriel and High Cloud drives, 589-4263.
Usha Park: Off Pennsylvania and the Northwest Arterial, 589-4263. Offers playground equipment and a cricket pitch.
Valentine Park: Valentine Drive, 589-4263. This 11-acre park includes a softball field, hard surface play area, play equipment, picnic tables and walking path.
Valley High Park: Off North Grandview Avenue and Cerro Drive, 589-4263. The six-acre park offers basketball courts, picnic facilities and playground equipment.
Veterans Memorial Park: On Northview Drive, off Kane Street near Dubuque Wahlert High School, 589-4263. This 73-acre park includes softball diamonds, tennis courts, disc golf, playground equipment, picnic facilities, barbecue grills and wooded land.
Waller-Cooper Park: Cooper Place, 589-4263. The five-acre park has picnic facilities, barbecue grills and playground equipment.
Washington Square: Bordered by Sixth, Seventh, Locust and Bluff streets, 589-4263. This is the site of an old-fashioned gazebo, Dubuque's time capsule, arts and crafts fairs, holiday displays and summer concerts. The gazebo is available on a reservation basis.
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