Parks and Recreation

Our Parks... Our Pride... Our Future...

Mission Statement: "To enhance a city wide park and recreation system which improves the quality of life and promotes safe and enjoyable outdoor activities for all citizens of Spencer."

General Information

The Park System in Spencer offers many opportunities for all types of citizens. We have a campground and enclosed shelterhouse at East Leach Park. Ice skating, summer band concerts, picnics, family reunions, etc. are held at East Leach. It is also one of the sites of the Summer Playground Program which is a great activity for kids for some summertime fun!

A beautiful nature area for fishing, hiking and bird watching is available at Stolley Park. Hundreds of kids and adults alike enjoy baseball and softball at Pederson Park. There are fields that are used extensively from May-September by patrons of all ages. During those months, the population equivilant of Spencer goes through Pederson on a weekly basis! Talk about a busy place!

Other Parks within the Spencer Park System include DeWolf, North School, Pete's Pond, Sunset, Westview Memorial, Fairview, Waterway, C. Earl Page, and West Leach Park totalling 256 acres. We feel fortunate to have such a variety of Park options here in our beautiful City. The Park Department operates year-round with Supt. Del Bredehoeft at the helm. Summer part-time employees are the major labor source in the care of our parks. We also have a very active volunteer Park Board that has put in countless hours toward improving our entire Park System. It is fitting, therefore, that the mission statement established by the Spencer Park Board is "To enhance a city wide park and recreation system which improves the quality of life and promotes safe and enjoyable outdoor activities for all citizens of Spencer."

Recreational Parks

Campgrounds
301 4th St. SE
712-580-7265
Acres: 15
Description: Campground, Electrical Outlets (100), Picnic Tables

East Leach Park & Green Belt along the Little Sioux River
S. Grand Bridge & 4th St. SE
Acres: 54
Description: Basketball Court, Campground, Children's Playground, Fishing, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables, Shelter House, Skate Park

River View Park
612 4th St. SE
Acres: 60
Description: Family Aquatic Center, Concession, 8 Court Tennis Court, Picnic Area, Natural Area

Fairview Park
E. 14th St. & 5th Ave. E.
Acres: 6
Description: Basketball Court, Children's Playground, Hiking Trail, Neighborhood Park, Tennis Courts

Moose Pond Park
8th St & 4th Ave S.E.
Acres: 10
Description: Fishing, Nature Trail

West Leach Field & Green Belt along the Little Sioux River
S. Grand Bridge & 4th St. SW
Acres: 8
Description: Children's Playground, Fishing, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables, Canoe Ramp

Waterway Park
1501 Grand Plaza Drive
Acres: 10
Description: Basketball Court, Children's Playground, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables, Shelter House

DeWolf Park
Hwy 18 E. of Del's Garden Center
Acres: 10
Description: Picnic Tables, Nature Area & Trail

North School Park
lst Ave. W. & W. I 1 th St.
Acres: 2
Description: Basketball Court, Children's Playground, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables, Shelter House, Tennis Courts

Pederson Memorial Park & Cardinal Field
10th Ave. E. & E. 9th St.
Acres: 35
Description: 11 Ball Diamonds, Children's Playground, Picnic Tables, Shelter House

Stolley Park & Pond & Green Belt along the Little Sioux River
W. 18th St. & 32nd Ave. W.
Acres: 80
Description: Recreational Trail, Fishing, Picnic Tables

Sunset Park
W. 7th St. & 11th Ave. W.
Acres: 2
Description: Basketball Court, Children's Playground, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables, Shelter House

West View Memorial
W. 9th St. & 11th Ave. W.
Acres: 5
Description: Arboretum & Quiet Park

C. Earl Page Park
W. 14th St. & 13th Ave. W.
Acres: 1
Description: Basketball Court, Children's Playground, Neighborhood Park, Picnic Tables

In addition to the above, nature areas and open space are found in Oneota-Little Sioux Access and Bob Howe Thunderbridge Wildlife Reserve which are both County Areas.

Aquatic Center
612 4th Street S.E.
712-580-7275