Johnston Commons Playground – Johnston, Iowa

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The Johnston Commons Playground is located in Johnston, Iowa directly behind the Johnston Public Library. The area provides tons of green space, a walking path, a basketball court, and is next to the Simpson Barn.


Name: Johnston Commons Playground
Address:6700 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston
Type: Places to play
Bathrooms: Currently there is a porta-potty. The playground is located directly behind the Johnston Library.
Shade: No
Playground: Yes

Hours: Not listed.

Trails: There is a walking path around the playground.
Water: No water fountains

Official Website: 

Other things nearby of note: 

  • If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back in with the interactive map!
  • Check the Johnston Public Library event calendar and plan your visit around a storytime or other family-friendly event.
  • There is a basketball court and public fishing at the pond nearby.


The Johnston Commons Playground is a super fun playground structure that offers many slides, climbing options, swings, and more. The playground is all-inclusive and is located on rubber footing.

The kids (and husband) really enjoyed this modern-day see-saw!

The park also offers swings that were not 100% ready when we made our visit.

I thought this wagon was super cute. This portion of the playground was not complete yet, but we are excited to make another visit to check it out.

I love all the Iowa details including the climbable corn stalks and large wagon wheel the kids can climb on.

The playground is located directly behind the Johnston Public Library. It is also near a pond that is open to public fishing (get your fishing license) and the Simpson Barn.

The playground also offered interactive items to play music and hear farm noises!


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