CITY OF BELLEVUE PARKS
Cole Park is located at the corner of Park and Sixth Street. The park hosts the City’s public swimming pool, two basketball courts, a tennis/pickleball court, baseball and softball fields, and soccer fields. In the summer of 2018, brand new playground equipment was installed after a year of fundraising. The new equipment is ADA compliant and has two separate areas, one geared toward younger children ages 2-5 and another area geared towards children ages 5-12. There are also two sets of swings and a ten-spin geared for all ages. A pavilion is available to rent for $25.00/day for family gatherings, reunions, birthday parties, etc. Public restrooms are located near the baseball and softball fields on the north end of the park.
David Ensign Memorial Park
Recently revamped in 2017, David Ensign Memorial Park is located on Ensign Street and at the end of Washington Street. This park is home to baseball and softball fields where the Bellevue Ball Association hosts their seasonal games and tournaments. The fields hosted the 2017 Babe Ruth 10U Midwest Plains Regional Tournament and 2016 10U and 12U State Tournaments!
Disc Golf Course
Located in Felderman Park, this 9-hole disc golf course can be used by the entire family for free. (The Bellevue Public Library rents out the frisbee discs free of charge). Like traditional golf, the player starts at a tee and throws a disc or frisbee toward a basket. Unlike traditional golf, no tee time is needed – Go and play whenever you want! The course circles around Felderman Park, taking golfers right along Mill Creek.
Felderman Park sits at the end of South Eighth Street along the City’s southern border. The park hosts a walking trail that runs parallel to Mill Creek, a disc golf course, soccer fields and a pavilion. A key component linking Felderman park and Bellevue State Park, is the pedestrian bridge that was completed in 2017 as a part of Iowa’s Grant Wood Loop Parks to People program. Felderman Park’s walking trail not only connects municipal and state recreation sites and completes about 10 miles of pedestrian/bike trails around Bellevue, but it also connects Bellevue’s parks and trail system to Dubuque’s Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, 22 miles to the north.
Located along the Mississippi River, Riverview Park is part of the trail system that connects Bellevue’s parks to Dubuque’s Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. The park offers picturesque views of the Mississippi to the north and south of Lock and Dam 12. If you are riding or walking the trail in the park, you will see multiple memorial benches and picnic tables along with a memorial water fountain, gazebo, and pavilion. There are also memorials dedicated to firefighters and veterans, including the Freedom Rock. The walking trail gives you access to the City’s municipal parking lot that has a public boat ramp to launch your boat and to view Lock and Dam 12’s sea wall, where you can spend the day fishing.
Sarge O’Neill Park
Locally referred to as Piggy Park, Sarge O’Neill Park is located at the corner of Vine and Third Street. This small park hosts playground equipment and swings, geared towards children ages 2-5. It is a short, two block walk from the Rivervue walking and bike trail located in Riverview Park.
Ice Harvest Park
This park is located on North Riverview across the road from the Bellevue Municipal Power Plant along the riverbank. Thanks to Bellevue Rotarian John Hoff for volunteering his time and having the vision for the small park. Remnants of the former ice harvesting operation still remain, including an underground tunnel underneath Highway 52, which was used to transport large chunks of ice to the old ice house above; the tunnel has since been capped off and is used as a storm sewer drain. In 2021, the family Donna and Junior Medinger donated property to the north to extend the park space, which has potential and future plans for possibly a second gazebo, benches, trees, and flowers. While there is no playground equipment at this park, anyone can skip rocks, fish, watch river traffic, and explore.
JACKSON COUNTY PARKS
Bellevue State Park Nelson & Dyas Units
24668 Highway 52 & 21466 429th Avenue
Bellevue, IA 52031
Bellevue State Park is located on high bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River. It has 473 acres with timbered walking trails, sheltered picnic areas, an enclosed lodge, a unique butterfly garden, a 220 acre hunting area, and a nature center. The South Bluff Nature Center is also located in the Nelson Unit of Bellevue State Park. It contains a variety of interesting displays on the plants, animals, and geology of Bellevue State Park. Open seasonally and is dependent on staff and volunteer availability.
Click here to download a map of the Nelson & Dyas Unit hiking trails.
Duck Creek County Park
Duck Creek is a five acre riverside picnic and fishing area located along the Mississippi River about three miles south of Bellevue.
Pleasant Creek Recreation Area
19995 Hwy. 52
Bellevue, IA 52031
The Pleasant Creek Recreation Area is rustic and relaxing with front row seats of the main channel of the Mississippi River. It is located 3 miles south of Bellevue, Iowa, along Highway 52. The campground has 27 first-come, first-serve campsites, drinking water, and vault toilets. There is no electrical service or flush toilets making this a perfect spot for primitive campers. The area has a sewer dump station and concrete boat ramp with direct access to the main channel. Recreation at Pleasant Creek happens at two locations – the campground and the island natural area where visitors are welcome to walk around. The area is monitored by a volunteer campground host who assists campers with the self-registration process and is available to answer visitor questions.
Spruce Creek Park
30711 396th Ave
Bellevue, IA 52031
Spruce Creek Park, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Enjoy boating, fishing, camping and more while enjoying the scenic views of the mighty Mississippi. This 43-acre park offers a boat harbor, modern camping sites, showers and restrooms, shelters (available for reservation), and playground equipment. All sites are first come first serve.