Parks Department

Park Information

Joe Lucas

Parks & Rec Superintendent

Parks Department

Fun in the Sun

Story City Parks are open from sunrise to sunset every day. We need your help to keep our parks safe and enjoyable for all, please clean up after yourselves. All shelters are first come first serve.

South Park

In 2016, with the help of MSA, we renovated our South Park. This park went from a grass field with a weathered and enclosed shelter to a beautiful trail, open shelter, and river overlooks, one with a built-in fire pit.

Story City Park System

South Park

  • South side of Broad Street
  • Approximately 21 acres
  • Playground equipment includes: Sand Volleyball Court. Other recreational items: bike path, lighted ball diamond; high school baseball diamond, 9 hole disc golf course
  • Structures and other items: enclosed picnic shelter with fireplace and electricity; picnic grills; picnic tables; ball diamond concession stand with one restroom and bleachers; baseball concession stand with restrooms and bleachers; suspension/swinging bridge; Skunk River dam with canoe access; concrete boat ramp; proposed handicap fishing platform along river
  • 2016 South Park Improvement Project

North Park

  • Approximately 8.75 acres
  • Playground equipment includes: see-saws; swing sets; whirl; dome climber; tire swing; pony spring bouncer; brand new playground, suspension bridge, crawl tunnel, and decks; preschool to five years old play structure with slides, tic-tac-toe board, crawl tube, cliff climber, vertical ladder, transfer point, and decks
  • Other recreational items: lighted basketball court; 2 tennis courts; swimming pool; little league baseball diamond with lights and bleachers
  • Structures and other items: Enclosed Scandinavian style shelter house with restrooms and kitchen; lighted band-shell; 2 open air picnic shelters, concrete “S” picnic table; picnic grills; picnic tables; drinking fountains; enclosed antique carousel

Traveler's Park

  • Approximately 1 acre
  • Structures and other items: Lighted “Welcome” sign with ornamental bed and flagpoles

Jacobsen Playground Park

  • Approximately .5 acre
  • Playground equipment includes: 1-play structure for 5-12 year olds, swing set, and picnic tables

Jacobsen Park South (Trail)

  • Approximately 32.2 acres
  • Structures and other items: Undeveloped area with asphalt bike path, Eagle Scout constructed fountain, concrete bench

Prairie Park

  • Approximately 7 acres
  • Recreational items: walking trail through restored prairie
  • Structures and other items: gazebo with electricity; picnic tables and lighted terrace; and drinking fountain

Water Tower Park

  • Located below the Story City Water Tower
  • Approximately .1 acre
  • Structures and other items:  open air picnic shelter with picnic table; concrete benches; picnic grill; ornamental planting beds

Larson Park

  • Approximately 1.5 acres
  • Recreational items: slide; arched climber; whirl; swing set
  • Structures and other items:  picnic tables; picnic grills

McCormick Park

  • Located in the 1100 block of Lafayette Avenue; access from Lafayette Avenue
  • Approximately .5 acre
  • Playground equipment includes: play structure with slides, ladders, cargo net climber, 1oop climber, transfer point, decks; and swing set

Story City Soccer Fields

  • Approximately 10 acres
  • Area is utilized for the Story City Soccer Program and Flag Football
  • Approximately 1 acre of parking is available

City Hall Park

  • Located behind City Hall at 504 Broad Street
  • Approximately 1/10 of an acre
  • Structures and other items:  ornamental plantings; picnic table


  • 400 to 700 blocks of Park Avenue and Elm Avenue
  • Approximately 1 acre. Includes wide and narrow boulevards
  • Playground equipment includes: 2 swing sets
  • Structures and other items: picnic tables; ornamental plantings; sitting areas with benches; drinking fountain