Parks & Recreation

Keith Rider ParkBrandon Frye

Overview

The City of Douglas offers over 40 acres of lush, green park space with picnic tables, benches, BBQ grills, and bathrooms throughout.  The City also owns a beautiful 18-hole golf course operated by the Douglas Community Club.  We have 5 miles of concrete walk/bike path with 2 miles running right alongside the North Platte River, offering beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, and fishing access.

Douglas parks have 9 picnic shelters and 1 gazebo - all in 6 different parks and all able to be reserved for weddings, birthday parties, family get-togethers, you name it!  All parks are open to the public daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

We also have multiple sports athletic facilities available for public use, including 2 tennis courts, 3 half-court basketball pads, 1 two-net pickle ball court, a 4-lane bocce ball field, 6 horseshoe pits, a 9-hole disc golf course, 2 softball fields, and a BMX track.   We offer 18 playground structures and swing sets in 6 different parks.  

Most recently, the City hired Evergreen Skateparks to completely redesign and rebuild the Chad Garls Memorial skate park, located inside Bartling Park.  The result is a 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art concrete skate park that is a total blast to use!  The Converse County School District, #1, Converse County Commissioners, and Wyoming Community Gas also provided funds for this project.

The City of Douglas operates our own Municipal Water Park - an outdoor pool with 2 massive water slides, a splash pad, and a separate wading pool for small children.  The pool is open daily June through August, noon to 5:00 p.m., with additional evening swimming in July and August.  We also offer private pool parties and morning activities, and pool passes are available.  The pool operates a concession stand all season as well.  Contact City Hall, 307-358-3462, the Parks & Recreation Supervisor at 307-358-9750, or the pool (after June 1st) at 307-358-4488, for more details, rates, and additional programming for the season.

Yes, there's more!  Douglas also boasts a one-of-a-kind Locomotive Park and Train Museum, located at the Visitor's Center.  The historic train depot is the oldest building in Douglas! Visitors can also tour some of the train cars, including the dining car, sleeper car, and passenger car.  These trains are amazing, and our beautiful steam engine is one of only three in the entire nation!

Riverside Park, which lies right next to the North Platte River and is often visited by flocks of Canadian Geese, offers a limited, first-come, first-serve free overnight camp site for visitors, tourists, and outdoor enthusiasts. There is a two night limit, tents are allowed, and the park has potable water, public restrooms with showers, and RV dumping station.  

In addition to all these parks and facilities, the City of Douglas operates it's own cemetery, the Douglas Park Cemetery.  Established in 1902, the cemetery offers amazing history of an old west community including early settlers, law men, outlaws, and homesteaders.  A newly installed digital kiosk - courtesy of the Douglas Historic Preservation Commission and paid for entirely with generous donations from our community - that will help visitors search and locate family members, friends, or even historical characters who were laid to rest in our beautiful, peaceful cemetery.  The City also owns the Pioneer Cemetery, which was no longer used once the Douglas Park Cemetery came to be.  The Pioneer Cemetery is located on the Highway 59 Bypass and was the first cemetery in Douglas.

The City has plans to build a dog park, make improvements to the bike path, and build additional bathrooms in the near future, so watch for progress on these projects!

Reserving Shelters

To reserve a picnic shelter for special events, call Public Works at 307-358-9750. A public use permit form is required for any special reservation, free of charge. 

If alcohol use is requested, a One-day Alcohol Permit is required; the cost of the permit is $25 and a refundable deposit in the amount of $100 is also required.  Types of One-day permits include Open Container, Malt Beverage, and Catering Permits.  Contact the City Clerk at 307-358-3462 to determine which type of permit you will need and obtain an application.

 Parks System

The parks system includes:

For more detailed information about each park, amenities, photos, and a map of the parks and trails system, please see the city parks and trails page.