Dalander Park – Hwy 17 south of 3rd Street
Dalander Park is one of Madrid’s newest parks. Formerly a piece of agricultural land, the city acquired the property with assistance from the Iowa REAP program and a generous donation from the descendants of the Dalander family, one of Madrid’s founding families. The upper area of the park contains the new Johnson Family Trailhead, which was developed to serve the needs of High Trestle Trail users. The lower part of the park has been seeded to a diverse mix of prairie plants, including a high proportion of prairie flowers, and will be maintained for the enjoyment, education, and recreation of Madrid-area residents.
Edgewood Park – West 8th and Main Streets
Located on the south edge of Madrid, Edgewood Park is a large park with many large shade trees, both enclosed and open shelters, public restrooms, playground equipment, and a variety of sports facilities.
Jensen Park – 3rd and Main Streets
Jensen Park is a small jewel-like park next to City Hall. It contains a gazebo that can be used for small events, playground equipment for young children, beautiful gardens, large shade trees, benches, and a drinking fountain.
High Trestle Trail – Hwy 17 south of 3rd Street
The High Trestle Trail is a linear park and transportation corridor that links Madrid to Woodward to the west, and Slater, Sheldahl , and Ankeny to the east, as well as linking to a network of trails in central Iowa. Parking is available at the Johnson Family Trailhead at Dalander Park.
Johnson Family Trailhead – Hwy 17 south of 3rd Street
The Johnson Family Trailhead is contained within Dalander Park and is being developed to contain parking facilities, including accessible parking, primarily for the High Trestle Trail. Restroom facilities are available.
Cassel Park – West 2nd and State Streets
This new park includes bicycle parking facilities to serve the downtown area. Development was sponsored by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) with help from Boy Scout Wyatt Carpenter, who chose this as his Eagle Scout project.
Veterans’ Park – Hwy 17 near Peterson Parkway
Veteran’s Park was the inspiration of Reuben Peterson, a decorated World War II veteran, to honor America’s veterans. Reuben worked with the Madrid Home to develop the park on the north side of Madrid just south of the Cedars assisted living facility.
Iowa Arboretum-1875 Peach Ave, Madrid
The Iowa Arboretum is located on 415 acres in Boone County’s scenic Des Moines River Valley. The Iowa Arboretum serves to educate people on plants native to our area and encourages you to explore our Iowa landscape. Admission is $5.00 for non-members. Grounds and gardens are open sunrise to sunset daily.
Other area parks
Grant’s Woods Park – 2 miles west of Madrid on Hwy 210 & QF Ln
Swede Point County Park (Boone County) – 2 miles
Ledges State Park (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) 11 miles
Big Creek State Park – 10 miles link to website and map
Jester Park (Polk County) – 10 miles
Saylorville Lake (US Army Corps of Engineers) – 10 miles