Indianola Parks & Recreation Newsletter

September 23, 2020
Hello, Fall!

Breaking News & Top Stories 

The best place to find the latest offerings from our department is right here!  As new programs and events become available, we'll publish a new edition of the newsletter.

Indianola Magazine Stays Digital-Only

The next edition of Indianola Magazine will be available October 1 and will again be digital-only.

Some Restrictions Lifted at Activity Center

Effective immediately, Activity Center patrons are no longer limited to a one-hour stay in the building.  Masks are required for most activities.

Online Shelter Reservations

Customers may once again reserve park shelters online. Shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance.  While shelters may be reserved year-round, water and electricity are only available from mid-April through mid-October.

Activity Center Hours

8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday,
except 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursdays

Staff available

8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Monday - Friday,
except 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Thursdays
Phone (515) 961-9420

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A quartet of similing singers in Hawaiian shirts surround a classic car

Tunes & Treats on the Terrace
September 25 at 2:00 pm
45 RPM Quartet

FREE outdoor concert on the Activity Center patio!  Limited seating available, or bring your own lawn chair. Social distancing and wearing masks strongly encouraged.

This a capella quartet enjoys close harmony and especially the "oldies but goodies". Sponsored by United HealthCare. Dessert provided by Indianola HyVee.

Rain Date: Friday, October 2, at 2:00 pm

Silver Saddles

Silver Saddles - Session 2

Thursdays, Oct 8 - 29
10am - noon

Silver Saddles is an equine learning program for able bodied adults age 50 or better. This Thursday Morning small group will focus on fun and fellowship while teaching the fundamentals of relational horsemanship.  Learn about horse behavior and what it teaches us about ourselves.  Practice basic riding skills and learn to have a balanced seat.   Classes will incorporate ground skills to create and build the bond between rider and horse. You do not need to have prior experience with horses to join us 

Register here.

fall in the woods

Fall at the Woods

Saturday, October 10   9am - 5pm
Ages 8 - 12

Join the staff at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center for a day of fun, fall camp activities! We'll hike in the changing leaves, climb the rock wall, meet the farm animals, do a craft, and so much more! Lunch included. Please bring a water bottle, mask, and dress for the weather. We will do our best to limit the time masks must be worn.

Register here.

cutest pumpkin in the patch

Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch

Sunday, October 11   10am - 4pm
Ages 5 - 7

Let's spend the day celebrating fall at Wesley Woods! We'll make s'mores over the fire, meet the farm animals, do a craft, and pick a pumpkin! Lunch included. Please bring a water bottle, mask, and dress for the weather. We will do our best to limit the time masks must be worn.

Register here.

Buxton Bouquets

Create Your Own Buxton Bouquet

Join City Horticulturist Angie Buchanan at Buxton Park on Sunday, October  18, to harvest fall blooms on the day before parks staff and volunteers begin fall cleanup.

Bring hand shears or pruners and a vase or container (no larger than a 5  gallon bucket) with water in it for the stems you will cut. Gloves are  optional. Register up to two people per family and plan to wear a mask or be  socially distanced from others during the event.

You will have an hour to choose and harvest your blooms.  Once you're home and have created your bouquet,  take a photo and post it on our FaceBook page with the hashtag #BuxtonBouquet.  Or email your photo to and we will upload it for you.

  A $20 gift certificate for the 2021 Plant Sale will be awarded to the bouquet with the most FaceBook likes by Friday, October 23 at 9:00 am.  Two runners up will receive  a gift certificate for a free annual plant from the sale.  

Register for Session A (1-2pm)                 Register for Session B (2-3pm)

Costume contest for cats and  canines

Cat & Canine Costume Contest

Are your cats tired of the day-to-day reigning of your home and want to be someone else for the day? (Think Feline Dion, Justin Tim-purr-lake, or the Cheshire Cat!) Would your pup make the perfect Mr. Bone Jangles, Doggie Popkins, or Hair-y Potter? Dust off your creativity and enter your fur baby in our virtual costume contest.
It’s all from the comfort of your own home, at the time that works best for you! Simply take a picture of your pet in costume and share it by Friday, October 23, to our FaceBook event page (click here).  
Then share, share, share with your friends and family, because the dogs and cats with the most positive comments/likes by 9:00 am on Friday, October 30, will win some fur-tastic prizes!
Sponsored by All Creatures Small, Indianola Veterinary Clinic, and Kindness Pet Clinic.

Babysitting Clinic Offered
November 10,11,12      3:30 - 6pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach you will learn your responsibilities as a babysitter, what parents expect of you, how to care for infants and young children, age-appropriate activities, safety, and how to handle emergencies. Open to boys and girls in 5th grade and above. The registration fee includes a workbook, childcare resources, and snack. Participants who attend all three sessions will receive a certificate of participation. Each participant needs to bring a baby doll and a children's toy for use in class.

Register here.

Coed Youth Basketball Registration Open

Girls and boys in grades 3-6 can register to play in this six week program beginning in January.  There's a place for everyone on a team in this league, whether you're just starting out or have played for awhile. Games & practices on weeknights, in town (no traveling!).  Guaranteed spot on a team when you register by Friday, November 13.  After that a $15 late fee is charged, and we cannot guarantee there will be a spot available.

3rd-4th Grade League register here.
5th-6th Grade League register here.

Shade Crusade logo

Indianola Shade Crusade - Trees Still Available!

Hackberry, Ohio Buckeye, ServiceBerry and Swamp White Oak

The Indianola Community Trees committee is offering discounted trees this fall to Indianola residents. Limit of 2 trees per household. Order through Indianola Parks & Recreation for pickup on Saturday, October 3. 

Last day to order trees is Wednesday, September 30.  Owners can pick up trees Saturday, October 3, from 9-11am.  

To order online and to learn what trees are available, click here.


The Great Pumpkin Run
Virtual 5K

Whether you're chasing your personal best, walking with a group of friends, or the whole family will be participating, here's  your chance to celebrate the great outdoors this fall. You'll also be assisting families in need, because proceeds from this event will be donated to the Warren County Helping Hand.

You choose the place, the time, and your favorite people to do this Virtual Run!  You can complete it in your own neighborhood, at a local park, or on the trails.  You can even take it in smaller chunks if that works best for you! 

Sign up and gather your tribe, decide on a route, and plan your post-run party. Register by Wednesday, September 30, and your T-shirts will be ready to pick up on Thursday, October 15.  Shirts available in sizes 2T - Adult 3X.

After you complete your 5K, share your accomplishment and the good you've done by posting pictures to social  media. Show off in your new shirt and be sure to use #GreatPumpkinRun & #10KRun4Good when you post your pictures for a chance to win cool prizes!

Learn more and register online here.

Great Pumpkin Run shirt

Tails on Trails 10K

Your furry friend has put on a lot of miles with you over the past few months, and we want to give them a chance to earn their own medal in our first “Tails on Trails 10K”. That’s 6.2 miles that you and your pet will have to accomplish this fall. Do it in one day, or split it up if their little legs can’t make it all at once. There is no tracking sheet to fill in, we just ask for a picture of the participants be emailed to once the 10K is completed.

Learn more and register online here.

Tails on Trails 10K

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