Forest City Parks and Recreation

Parks & Recreations exists to enhance the quality of life and encourage healthy lifestyles of Forest City residents through recreation programing, quality parks, nature areas & trails.  Information can be found at:

Parks & Recreation Director: Sue Edmondson
Parks & Recreation Program Director: Amy Vrieze
Parks Superintendent: Tuff Anderson

Parks and Recreation Office:  146 West L Street, Forest City, IA
Forest City Parks and Recreation
Summer 8:30 am – 3:30 pm,
Labor Day through Memorial Day: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Forest City Bike Share Program:

Ride with us! Forest City has 8 bikes at 4 different locations through out the community available for rent by the hour. These are available to be used by residents, Waldorf students, and visitors to provide transportation and enjoyable exercise. For only $1.50 per hour you can ride, ride, ride.

How to rent a bike? Download the App called KoloniShare.  On the App, locate Forest City and see the dots that indicate bike locations and availability. Follow the instructions to rent the bike.  If you are having trouble locating the App, go to and click the link. During your rental period, you will lock and unlock the bike through the app with your phone. So, take a spin to Pilot Knob State Park, stop in at Scoopy Doos Ice Cream and More or ride the trails.   

Family Aquatic Center


Admission: (Open Memorial Day through mid-August)

$4 daily
Ages 2 and under are free
$3.50 ages 55 and older

Annual Passes:

Family Pass: $120
Individual Pass: $80
15 Day Punch Card $50

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays: 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.; family time 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

YMCA of Forest City Iowa
Phone: (641) 585-5220

This YMCA participates in the AWAY Program


Health and Fitness, Aquatics, Family, Childcare, Community Development, Sports, Teens


Pool, Gym, Fitness Center, Free Weight Room, Aerobics/Dance Studio, Handball/Racquetball, Indoor Running Track, Outdoor Field, Climbing Walls, Sauna/Steam Room, Whirlpool/Jacuzzi, Teen/Youth Center, General Purpose Room, Drop-in Baby sitting room

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Golf Course

Forest City’s Bear Creek is 18 scenic holes of memorable golf. The front 9 (also known as ’The Cub’) is challenging and enjoyable, yet plays slightly easier than the back 9 (known as ‘The Grizzly’). You’ve never seen a more diverse group of holes on one golf course. Set your tee time today to play Forest City’s Bear Creek Golf Course.

Bear Creek Outdoors (Archery)

 3388 Sage Drive (Pro Shop641.590.3025 or 641.581.2844

North Iowa’s friendly, family oriented Pro Shop; exclusive HOYT Dealer backed by 50 yrs experience.

Forest City Disc Golf Course

Forest City Disc Golf Course is located a few blocks east of downtown in two of our city parks (Pammel Park and East Woods Park), which are separated by the Winnebago River. The course is 21 poles, that offer challenging blue tees for the advance player, as well as the easier red tees for the new or recreational player. White tees for the intermediate players. You will get to use a wide variety of shots to complete your round as the course has a wide variety of terrain from open and level fairways with a few trees to elevation changes in wooded areas, as well as a few water hazards on seven of the poles.

Recreational tees (red) average 200′ in length (Longest 400′ / Shortest 145′)
Intermediate tees (white) average almost 300′ (Longest 550′)
Advanced tees (blue) average just over 350′ long (Longest 720′).

Enter the park off J Street and Tee number 1 will be located just south of the kiosk along the walking path by the little brown building or approx. 200′ North West of the swinging bridge.


Course Map

The Super Bowl (Bowling)

19050 Hwy 9
Phone: (641) 581-2618

This bowling alley has the latest scoring and equipment available. Cosmic Bowling is on Friday and Saturdays. In the Sh’ Booms Lounge karaoke is available. This is a large enough facility to hold several events at one time.

Winnebago River Water Trail

26.1 mile Winnebago River Water Trail

Other Recreation
Public Tennis Courts (1)
Public Parks (8)
Bike Trail (from Forest City to Pilot Knob State Park)
Camping (3 campgrounds nearby)

Chamber of Commerce / Visitors

145 South Clark Street
Forest City, Iowa 50436-1501

Phone: 641-585-2092
Toll Free: 866-585-2092
Fax: 641-585-2687

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