Parks and Recreation
Parks provide opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the area’s unique natural features. From a small family celebration at a local park to a summer concert in the Downtown Greenspace, outdoor gathering spaces allow people in the community to interact and build relationships that are the foundation of a strong community. Click here for information on the amenities located within each park.
The City of Maquoketa partners with the Scott County Family Y to provide recreational service and facilities for residents.
City of Maquoketa Parks
Maquoketa has nine parks that offer a variety of recreational amenities. A five-member park board oversees the City’s parks related activities.
First Ward Park
Maquoketa’s First Ward Park is located on E. Quarry Street between Eliza Street and Otto Street. The park features playground equipment, a picnic shelter, basketball courts and restrooms.
Fifth Ward Park
Fifth Ward Park is located on W. Summit Street. The park features playground equipment, tennis courts, a softball field, a picnic shelter, and restrooms.
Second Ward Park – Little Bear Park
Located on W. Quarry Street next to Briggs Elementary School, Little Bear Park features a playground that was redesigned and rebuilt by the Maquoketa community in 2013. The park also features horseshoes, a picnic shelter, paved parking and restrooms.
Crawford Park is a small neighborhood park located between N. Dearborn Street and N. Walnut Street. The park features playground equipment. Recently, members of the community have identified Crawford Park as needing improvement. Some have suggested that the City should sell the park and invest resources elsewhere. Others see the parks as opportunities for investment. The City Council and Park Commission should work together to come up with a future plan for the park.
Horseshoe Pond Campground is located on S. Main Street on Maquoketa’s south side. Originally constructed by the Izaak Walton league in the 1930s, the park’s two-acre pond was acquired by the City of Maquoketa in 1985. The park’s campground has 22 electrical sites and 5 primitive sites. In addition to camping and fishing, the park also features playground equipment, picnic shelters, and volleyball.
City Ball Park and Skate Park
The park is located on the north side of on Old Highway 61 adjacent to the Maquoketa River. The park is located on the Maquoketa River Trail near the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Maquoketa River.
The Maquoketa YMCA is owned by the City and provides many recreational amenities including a full-size gym and indoor aquatic center.
The City of Maquoketa has a yearly operational budget for line items. Monetary donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. Memorials are also accepted. Commemorative plaques are attached to the donated items.
Leo Biehl, Board Member
Scott Warren, Board Member
Ron Horan Jr., Board Member
Carol Hammill, Board Member
Richard Wagner, Board Member