Shelby County Parks Department

Find Shelby County Iowa parks departments, including city and state park authorities, and systems. Parks departments provide information on local recreation facilities, city parks, state parks, activities, and recreational land use.


Shelby County Parks 516 Maple Road Harlan IA 51537 712-744-3403


About the Shelby County Parks Department

The Shelby County Parks Department usually refers to a Shelby County or local government agency that is responsible for a wide range of public facilities used for active or passive recreation or as open spaces in Shelby County, IA. These include Shelby County public parks, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor pools, other sports facilities, trails, and nature preserves.

You may contact the Parks Department for questions about:
  • Shelby County parks and recreation facilities
  • Park permits
  • Community events in Shelby County, Iowa
  • Recreation and athletic programs
  • Shelby County Parks Department jobs and employment
Shelby County Public Parks

The maintenance of Shelby County Parks Department facilities is a central responsibility of the Parks Departments. Using a combination of Department employees and contractual service providers, Parks Departments keep Shelby County facilities clean and in good repair. They may also plan and manage upgrades, expansions, and capital improvements to Shelby County parks in response to the aging of facilities or changes in public demand. The Shelby County Department of Parks and Recreation is also responsible for scheduling and coordinating the use of their facilities. A variety of clubs, sports leagues, and community groups utilize park facilities in Shelby County. Parks Departments attempt to accommodate and balance the needs of the Shelby County community in making facilities available to interested groups and the general public and may issue Shelby County park permits for authorized use.

Community Park Programs & Events

The Shelby County Parks Department also provides programs, activities, and services with its own staff and resources. Parks Department programs include youth and adult swim lessons, Little League baseball and other organized sports, fitness classes, and summer camps. The Shelby County Parks Department also runs programs in partnership with other Shelby County community organizations. The Parks and Recreation Department is often in charge of organizing special events such as Shelby County 4th of July celebrations, other holiday events, fishing derbies, and festivals.

State Parks in Shelby County

Shelby County State Parks are the responsibility of the Iowa State Department of Conservation or Department of Environmental Protections. The U.S. National Parks Service (NPS) manages all national parks, as well as many national monuments and other properties with special designations.