Cottonwood Park was once a flat piece of farm land along S. 12th Street in Bismarck. Now this 200 plus acre complex is full of activity and play options. You can walk or ride along the trail there, especially enjoying the new piece of trail that connects with Burleigh Avenue. There’s a lot to look at, including a bocce field, the adult softball complex (12 diamonds) and a youth baseball field, known as Haaland Field, complete with field lights, a batting cage, press box, ticket booth and scoreboard. You’re sure to see some big and little kids playing soccer at Reichert Field or 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 Lake, Bismarck’s urban fishing hole, or play on the playground.
Coming soon to Cottonwood Park.
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD), donors and volunteers celebrated the groundbreaking for eight additional softball fields at Cottonwood Park in April of 2019. Four of the fields are for adult softball and four fields will make up a 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 and shrubs.
Special thanks to the Bismarck Men’s Slowpitch Softball Association, the Bismarck Women’s Slowpitch Softball Association, the 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. The plan is to have the fields playable in the summer of 2020.
Ice fishing is allowed at Cottonwood Park Pond as per ND Game & Fish regulations. Access to the pond is by 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.
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Cottonwood Expansion – Coming Soon
Project Work Completed
- Equipment mobilization, removals, and site preparation
- Grading and earthwork
- Parking lots graded and ready for gravel
- Underground water lines installed / tested
- Storm sewer piping and inlets
- South playground equipment, border, engineered wood fiber
- Adult slow pitch complex backstops, partial fencing
- Adult slow pitch complex – infield material delivered
- Minor concrete work / sidewalks near Haaland Field and south playground
SOUTH PLAYGROUND AREA