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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

The Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center, offers a wide range of outdoor programming through Polk County Conservation, rental equipment, and the Petra Alward Bouldering Room, allowing everyone access to outdoor adventure and fun!

Reopening to the Public on Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Reservation Only

NEW - ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!

On March 18, 2021 the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center will reopen to the public with restrictive guidelines on capacity, social distancing and sanitation. The Center will resume to normal hours (Saturday 10-4 and Sunday noon-4) until Memorial Day Weekend.

  • All visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear masks.
    • Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.
  • To reduce capacity, registration is limited to 6 people shooting and climbing per hour. Click here to pre-register for an hour time slot. A ticket must be purchased for each participant for bouldering or shooting.
  • Social distancing guidelines must be followed. Please keep a safe distance from staff and other visitors.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the building.
  • Drinking fountains are closed.
  • Water bottle filler stations are open.
  • High touch areas will be wiped down throughout the day.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Winter Hours (March 18, 2021 - May 29, 2021)
  • Spring Break ONLY | Thursday, March 18th - Friday, March 19th 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
  • Saturday |10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday | Noon - 4 p.m. | CLOSED Easter Sunday, April 4
Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
  • Thursday - Saturday |10 a.m. -4 p.m.
  • Sunday | Noon - 4 p.m.
  • MEMORIAL DAY & LABOR DAY - Noon - 4 p.m.
  • *CLOSED June 3 from 10am-12pm for staff training*
  • *CLOSED August 28 for special event preparation*

Bouldering Wall

Jester Park's newest recreation feature, the Petra Alward Bouldering Room, is now to the public! The bouldering room is located inside the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center.

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals

Rent cross-country skis and snowshoes at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center when there is at least 6 inches of snow on the ground!

 

Indoor Archery & Air Rifle

Try your hand at air rifle and/or archery inside the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center on select days. 

Paddling Rentals

Rent summer equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center!