TOP 5: Wadena Parks

Venturing outdoors is made more desirable with the cooler weather warding off sweat and mosquitoes.

With 11 parks residing in the city of Wadena, many within biking distance of each other, you have your pick of scenery and amenities. These parks are highlighted for offering a variety of activities for your next adventure outside:


1.       Burlington Northern Park

Located in the heart of Wadena's business district (100 Aldrich Ave. SW), Burlington Northern Park surrounds our depot, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is perhaps the most valued spot in the community and is the stage for many summer activities that bring the community together. Rotary Corn and Chicken Feed and the Lion's Bar-b-que help to celebrate and reinforce our friendly, close knit community right in the heart of Minnesota. The park includes a band shell, picnic area, flowers and fountain, and a community bulletin board. For information and reservations call 218-631-7707.

2.       Black's Grove

1 3/4 miles west on Hwy. 29, turn right on 620th Ave. and go about 3/4/ mile. Log picnic shelter (may be reserved), primitive restrooms, hiking, cross country skiing, horse trails and mountain biking.

3.       Sunnybrook Park

3 1/2 mile black top bike trail to Whitetail Run Golf Course. Five large shelters include: Lions I, Lions II, Rotary, Burch, and Knights of Columbus. These can be reserved for weddings, reunions, organizations, churches, schools or any other activity that requires a large shelter. Picnic area, small shelters, tables and grills are scattered throughout the park for your convenience. Bike sculpture, memorial tree lanes and fishing are all activites to see and do. Sunfish and crappies have been stocked into Whiskey Creek where it flows through Sunnybrook Park and public fishing is allowed between the hours of 8 am and 10 pm.

4.       Tapley Park

617 Lincoln Ave. SW - Playground equipment, open play area, large enclosed picnic shelter (may be reserved), tables, grill, restroom, soccer field, basketball court, nature trails/pond, horse shoe pits and volleyball court.

5.       SW Athletic Field Complex

310 SW 7th St. Open skating, warming house, restrooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, open play area, fenced youth ball field, two lighted tennis and basketball courts, shelters

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