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Cottonwood Park

Cottonwood Park is a City Preservation Area and is named for its extensive cottonwood forest. The park includes grasslands, coulees, and forests It also provides a natural habitat for many prairie species including the Prairie Rattlesnake.

The park is open from 7 am - 8:30 pm year round and there is a small parking lot on the upper bench with a shale trail that leads down to the lower river valley. The trail heading down to the river bottom is fairly steep so be prepared for a hike.

There are a few rules associated with a designated nature reserve:

  • Bikes or dogs are not allowed
  • Picking or removing vegetation is not allowed
  • Fires and camping are not permitted
  • Come prepared to pack out your own garbage as there are no garbage containers past the entrance of the park

Click here for a printable version of the Cottonwood Park features.

Click here for a detailed park map.

The Cottonwood Park Pathway Project included the following upgrades: 

  • Existing varying-width shale path was replaced with a 1.5m-wide limestone path. Stairs were added in multiple locations, along with handrails
  • A new 1.5m-wide limestone path was added along the access road alignment. The existing access alignment can still be used by maintenance vehicles and can be accessed from the parking lot as it was before
  • The parking lot was expanded and the capacity was doubled from 9 to 18 stalls. The original 9 concrete stops were re-used and 9 new recycled plastic stops were added to the west side of the lot
  • The old barbed-wire fence along 60 Avenue W was replaced with a new recycled plastic post & cable fence, including around the parking lot
  • A new gate was installed at the parking lot access from 60 Avenue W
  • The existing signs & bench remained in place and were not disturbed



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