Urbandale Moving Plans Forward for a New Community Recreation Complex

Derek Zarn 

Communications Specialist 
phone: 515-380-1714 (text or voice) 
Urbandale Moving Plans Forward for a New Community Recreation Complex
Urbandale, IA – At a Council meeting last week, the Urbandale City Council directed staff to prepare preliminary plans for a Community Recreation Complex at Walnut Creek Regional Park near 152nd Street and Meredith Drive.
“Constructing a new recreation amenity at 152nd and Meredith is something that has been identified in our master plans for more than 16 years,” said Director of Parks & Recreation Jan Herke. “The Recreation Complex will be a unique community hub providing wellness, recreation, educational, and leisure opportunities for current and future generations.”
Earlier this year, a survey of Urbandale residents showed that 77% were in favor of constructing a new complex. Urbandale will be conducting a second survey to narrow down community preferences for the types of amenities this complex will offer. This survey will be completed in April, and further community forums and public input will follow. Urbandale is planning to hold a bond referendum for the complex in March of 2023. More information on the project can be found here.
Urbandale Parks & Recreation manages 57 parks, more than 50 miles of paved trails, and offers more than 300 athletic, instructional, recreational, and wellness programs during the year. Indoor and outdoor programs are provided throughout the year and can be found online at www.Urbandale.org/Spring or call the Parks & Recreation Office at 515-278-3963.
About Urbandale: 
Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of more than 45,000 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa Highway 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.

Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.
The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.