Southwoods Park is a hidden gem – there is a short paved trail that loops around a natural wildflower area with lots of birds. A dirt nature trail goes off from the paved one, down a few flights of wood stairs and connects to a shallow creek bed. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Pete Crivaro Park and Wading Pool is a busy park, with lots to do. It has a view of the Iowa State Capitol, as well! There is a rubber footing playground with climbing web, wading pool with splash elements, disc golf course, basketball court, and lots of shaded shelters.
Grandview Park and Sprayground has a lot to offer, with a nature trail, disc golf course, sprayground, and playground equipment.
This is a huge park with lots of different offerings. It has a traditional playground, with the Ashley Okland Star playground across the street, which is listed separately on DSMOF. The Dog park and Lilac Arboretum also have their own separate pages. The Children’s Forest sounds really neat, and Ashley Okland has a fun dirt nature trail.