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Parks and Recreation

Progressive local churches and the Parks and Recreation Board oversee multifaceted recreational programs featuring volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, flag football, swimming and baseball.  The Parks and Recreation department is located at 2502 Utility Avenue, Harlan IA  51537.  Their phone number is (712) 755-3705. Tim Miller, Superintendent.

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Our City Parks and Recreation Areas

Harlan has over 70 acres of Harlan Parks. We have Potter Park, North Park, Swimming Pool Park, Leinen Park, Beebe Park, and the Dr. Joseph Spearing Park.  Pioneer Park, the largest in Harlan, has a pond, walking/jogging trail and the handicap accessible Dream Playground.  Frisbee Golf is also available in Pioneer Park.

JJ Jenson Park has six baseball/softball diamonds available.  There are opportunities for fishing, and ice skating.  Shelby County has two 9-hole golf courses (1 public just outside the city limits and 1 private in Harlan), eight tennis courts and the Cyclone Lanes bowling alley.

The Petersen Family Wellness Center offers a variety of aerobic exercise opportunities. 

There are over 1,700 acres of additional park land in the county, including two nature wildlife areas, over 400 acres of public hunting and the 661-acre Prairie Rose Lake State Park.

Norman Stamp Aquatic Center/Swimming Pool Park

Phone: 712.755.2995

2102 9th Street, Harlan Iowa  51537

The Norman Stamp Aquatic Center typically opens around Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend.  Family and Single season passes may be purchsed as well as Punch Cards.  The Aquatic Center is connected to the Swimming Pool Park and the Rocky Swenson Skate Park.

Pool Rates & Hours

Pioneer Park, picture courtesy of the Harlan NewspapersPark Highlights

  • Baseball/Softball - Jim Goeser Field, 4 little league, 1 high school baseball, 1 high school softball

  • Basketball Courts - Potter, North, Beebe and JayCee Parks, Vet's Auditorium

  • Fishing - Pioneer Park, Little George Lake, Prairie Rose Lake

  • Frisbie Golf - Pioneer Park

  • Fitness Trails - Pioneer Park, 10-foot wide path new in 2016

  • Horseshoes - North Park

  • Sand Volleyball - Potter, North and JayCee Parks

  • Shelters - All Parks (no reservations, first-come, first-serve)

  • Swimming - Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center

  • Dream Playground - Pioneer Park





Pet Friendly Pioneer ParkPet-Friendly Park

While we hope you bring your "pick-up bags" with you, Pioneer Park now has bag stations at the Willow Street and Pine Street Entrances.  The 10-foot wide walking trail makes a great place to exercise both you and your pet.  Click here for the Animal Control code as is now inforce in Harlan

Parks and Recreation Programs

  • Men's Basketball

  • Children's Crafts & Recreation

  • Men's Slow Pitch Softball

  • Open Gym

  • Swimming

  • Swim Team

  • Table Tennis

  • Tennis

  • Volleyball

  • Sand Volleyball

  • Optimist Youth Flag Football

Area Recreation Activities

  • Catholic Youth Basketball

  • Kiwanis Soccer League

  • Shelby Co. Trap & Skeet Club

  • Harlan Aviation 8-ball Club

  • Harlan Golf & Country Club

  • Huff-n-Puffers Bicycle Club

  • Rosman-Glendale Golf Course

  • Kiwanis Youth Wrestling

  • Lions Biddy Ball Basketball

  • Little League Baseball

  • Little League Softball

  • Myrtue Health Center

  • Prairie Rose Lake - 
    boating, camping, fishing, swimming,

Shelby County Conservation Office

Some of the finest wildlife habitat in the world can be found in Shelby County.  Call the County Conservation office at 712-744-3403 for public hunting policies and locations.