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Outdoor Recreation

From hiking and biking trails to fishing and golfing, the City of Newton has it all! The area encompasses several gorgeous park areas, including Aurora Heights Park, Sunset Park, Agnes Patterson Memorial Park, Woodland Park and Maytag Park. For a complete list of all of the parks and their amenities and unique recreational opportunities, visit

The Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens occupies six acres of land in the southeast portion of Agnes Patterson Memorial Park along 3,000 North 4th Ave. East. Over 185 individual trees of 150 species cover the grounds. The park is filled with demonstration beds, including three annual beds, a mixed perennial bed, an ornamental grass bed, a rose bed, two woody shrub beds, a shade garden, a tulip bed, a hybrid rose bed, a butterfly garden, a water garden and a native prairie. The park also has a large pond and over 3,000 feet of hard surface trails. Other focal points include the Betty Allen Gazebo, the Smith Garden Arbor, the Swanger Bow Bridge and numerous sculptures. The arboretum was developed and is managed by Project AWAKE. Project AWAKE is a 501(c)3 public charity; no tax dollars have been used in the development and maintaining of the arboretum. The arboretum is maintained by a volunteer board of directors and the “friends” of Project AWAKE. ’

A paved hiking and biking trail is available on the City Trail, which continues to be developed and expanded. Cycling is very popular in Iowa, and Newton is part of a vibrant network of trails. Swimming pools are located at the Newton YMCA facility and Maytag Park Pool. The Maytag Park Pool is equipped with two waterslides, a diving section, water basketball area, concessions and much more. The Newton YMCA also affords members a wealth of youth and adult activities including sports, a fitness center and health and fitness classes.

Golfing is also a popular pastime in Newton. Westwood is an 18-hole municipal course, located just two miles west of Newton. The course has a long history. In 1927, Bud L. Maytag constructed the front nine holes, which were redesigned in 1988 by Eric Larson, an architect originally from Newton. Just a few miles to the east of Newton is the Oakland Acres Golf Club. Oakland Acres is an 18-hole facility with a driving range and a beautiful new clubhouse. The clubhouse has two indoor golf simulators with a full bar and grill. Oakland Acres is also a great place to plan weddings, reunions or any other type of event.

Newton lies in the heart of Jasper County where there are numerous access areas, wildlife preserves and public hunting areas. Ashton Wildwood Park is composed of 113 acres of upland oak-hickory woods and also features Ashton Observatory. Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve is a 450-acre park and nature preserve. For more information on these and many other outdoor opportunities, visit the Jasper County Conservation Board website at

You can park your RV right in town at the Newton KOA Campground featuring its own private pool and fishing pond. RV parks are also available in nearby Kellogg, to the east and Colfax, to the west of Newton. n

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