A major duty for the host of an event is selecting a venue. Many parks in Iowa are remarkable venues for an arts and crafts show, birthday party, block party, company picnic, graduation celebration, family reunion, fishing tournament, ham radio field day, job fair, school reunion, wedding or a multitude of other events. At least one of the following nine Iowa parks is sure to be a favorable location.
- Brushy Creek State Recreation Area: Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is an excellent venue for a ham radio field day or fishing tournament. The park has boat ramps, camping, shower and restroom facilities, hiking trails and two picnic shelters.
- Evans Park: Evans Park is located in Adel, Iowa. Park amenities include a basketball court, disc golf course, grills, picnic shelter, playground and restrooms. The park is an excellent location for a birthday party or family reunion.
- Lake Iowa Park: Boating, camping, fishing and hiking are activities enjoyed by park visitors. The Lake Iowa Nature Center contains a butterfly garden. The Nature Center may be rented for weddings, family reunions and other events.
- McHose Park: McHose Park is located in the city of Boone, Iowa. Amenities of the park include a municipal pool, shelter, tennis court, volleyball court and disc golf course.
- Palisades-Kepler State Park: The shelter and lodge at Palisades-Kepler State Park are perfect venues for family reunions, company picnics, or weddings. A boat ramp, picnic shelter, restrooms, playground, rock climbing, hiking and campground are just a few of the amenities offered by the park.
- Sleepy Hollow Sports Park: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park is ideal for an active group with go-karts, bumper boats, driving range, batting cage, miniature golf, climbing wall, sand volleyball courts and other activities. The park provides catering for company picnics as well as birthday party packages.
- Soper Park: Soper Park is located on Five Island Lake. Park amenities include restroom, picnic shelter and playground. The park is an awesome location for a family reunion or birthday party.
- Starr’s Cave Park and Preserve: The nature center has meeting rooms available for rent. The park contains a picnic shelter, restrooms and is accessible.
- Viking Lake State Park: Picnic shelter, boat ramp and hiking trails make Viking Lake State Park an ideal location for a family reunion or company picnic. Fishing and swimming are allowed at the park.
(Photo courtesy of Castle Shelter by Al at Flickr's Creative Commons.)