Osborne Park in Clayton County is one of 99 county parks featured in a new effort announced by the State of Iowa today to encourage residents and visitors alike to explore Iowa’s outdoors. The “99 Counties, 99 Parks” initiative highlights the wide array of recreational activities the state has to offer within its county parks.
“Iowa’s county parks are great places to feed your sense of adventure,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “We have an abundance of natural beauty in this state and we’re thrilled to issue an invitation for people to experience it first-hand. I know my family will be outside exploring all our county parks have to offer this summer, so I hope my fellow Iowans will join us.”
The “99 Counties, 99 Parks” initiative features one county conservation-managed park in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Individuals are encouraged to visit traveliowa.com/99parks to browse parks by interest (or view all 99) and find the parks that best fit their needs. In addition to traditional activities like fishing, boating and hiking, the list includes parks with golf courses, archery ranges, disc golf courses, observation towers, eco-cruises, Olympic-sized swimming pools and luxury cabins.
“In addition to being beautiful, our county parks play an important role in Iowa,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Research shows that natural beauty and outdoor activities are key qualities in places where individuals want to travel or live. We think the ‘99 Counties, 99 Parks’ initiative is another great way to help spread the good word and surprise people about Iowa.”
Families are encouraged to download the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” Family Fun Guide. Available on the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” website, the guide features a variety of activities, including recipes, a scavenger hunt and art projects as well as information on geocaching and creating nature sculptures.
Participants can track their visits to the featured parks on the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” checklist. Many of the parks also include “selfie stands” where visitors can take photos and share their experiences on social media using #ThisIsIowa or #99parks.