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Parks & Recreation

The Parks and Recreation staff is responsible for management and maintenance of seven parks, two boat launches, a small boat harbor, two hiking and biking trails, the municipal swimming pool, pavilion, Kuhlmeier Reflecting Pond, skate park and skate trail, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, shelter houses, and Old Fort Madison.

Adopt A Garden

The Adopt A Garden program was created in order to provide proper care and maintenance for the many flowerbeds located throughout the Fort Madison Parks system.

Individuals, groups, or organizations who are willing to get their hands dirty and help maintain the numerous flowerbeds in the Fort Madison Parks system are able to adopt a flowerbed. If you adopt a flowerbed, you will be responsible for the care and maintenance of your flowerbed. You will be reimbursed for your expenses associated with your flowerbed. This will be your flowerbed as long as you are willing to provide the attention that it needs.

If you are interested in adopting a flowerbed, contact John Luna at (319) 372-7700 ext. 202 and he will explain all the details associated with the Adopt A Garden program and inform you of the flowerbeds still needing to be adopted.

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Dawn Helling
Parks & Recreation Secretary
Ph: (319) 372-7700 x 201

811 Avenue E
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Fax: (319) 372-8661

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm