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.
Cottonwood Park Expansion
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD), donors and volunteers celebrated the expansion of Cottonwood Park in August of 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 fields will be fully playable in the spring of 2021. 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 State Parks and Recreation Department, 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.
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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