Barrett Boesen Natural Playscape – Urbandale, Iowa

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Barrett Boesen Natural Playscape located in Urbandale, Iowa provides hours of natural play. This park is filled with logs to climb on, a large mud kitchen, water play, walking paths, and much more. Make sure you dress to get messy!


Name: Barrett Boesen Natural Playscape
Address: Located on the corner of 156th Street & Waterford Road in Urbandale, Iowa
Type: Places to Play, Places to get wet
Bathrooms: Modern bathroom.
Shade: Very little. There is shade under the shelter.
Playground: Natural playscape

Hours: Not listed

Trails: There is a walking path around the play area. Phase 1 will be completed in Spring 2022. Long-term goals include a bridge over the creek.
Water: No water fountains. Water is available to play with.

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Other things nearby of note: 

  • If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back in with the interactive map!
  • Waterford Park is located right across the street that offers disc golf.
  • The bike path runs around the area.


Barrett Boesen Natural Playscape for any child who loves to get dirty and make mud pies. This park reminds me a little of the Jester Park Natural Playscape, but with a ton more options!

There is not much shade in the area. This may change as they continue each phase of the project. Currently, there is a shelter with a charcoal grill. There are a ton of picnic benches around the area.

The kids loved this fun water feature where you can pump water down the rock creek!

There are tons and tons of climbing opportunities in the area. If you have kids who are climbing the walls this is the place to visit!



Off to the side is a fun mud kitchen area. If your kiddos love to “cook” this will be a fun place. In addition, there is also a sand pit area. Bring your fun sand toys with you!




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