Cottonwood Park

2506 South 12th St.

Cottonwood Park was once a flat piece of farm land along S. 12th St. in Bismarck. Now this 200 plus acre complex is full of activity and play options. You can walk or ride along the trail. There are a lot of sports fields to see, including baseball, soccer and softball. You may see bikers racing along at the BMX motocross racing track or runners training for the Bismarck Marathon. Pack a fishing pole to drop in a line at Cottonwood Park Pond, Bismarck’s urban fishing hole, or play on the playgrounds.

Park Features

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is allowed at Cottonwood Park Pond per ND Game and Fish regulations. Access to the pond is walk-in only. Ice fishing structures cannot be left on the ice overnight. The ice fishing hours are the same as Cottonwood Park hours, dawn to dusk.

Cottonwood Park Expansion

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD), donors and volunteers celebrated the expansion of Cottonwood Park in August 2020. There are now eight additional softball fields; four of the fields are for adult softball and four fields make up the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Youth Fastpitch Complex. The expansion of the park also includes dugouts, scoreboards, parking, a grandstand and pressbox, two lighted fields in the youth complex, a concessions and restroom building, ticketing building, fencing, connecting trails, two playgrounds, two picnic shelters, trees, shrubs and an irrigation connection to the Missouri River.

Special thanks to the Bismarck Men’s Slowpitch Softball Association, Land and Water Conservation Fund through the ND Parks and Recreation Department, Bismarck Women’s Slowpitch Softball Association, Bismarck Youth Fastpitch Association, Dakota Community Bank & Trust for the lead gift and to the many, many businesses and individuals who contributed to make this project a reality.


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