Parks & Recreation

Nestled between the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, and Mingus Mountain the City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department provides the outdoor novice or aficionado with a multitude of recreational services and amenities. For starters, families of all ages can enjoy a hike along the Verde River, one of the last free flowing rivers in Arizona. The Verde River, and stands of old Cottonwood trees provides people of all ages a chance to enjoy a serene hike, a relaxing afternoon of fishing, or a place to cool off during the summer.

Parks & Amenities

While enjoying the Verde River, make it a point to check out Riverfront Park a 77 acre outdoor oasis located in the high country which provides a whole host of recreational opportunities for the family. Riverfront Park is a day use facility located off North 10th Street. The Park boasts ramadas for picnics, large swing sets, a large play apparatus for the small ones, horseshoes, volleyball courts, four softball fields, three little league fields, and a soccer field for a pick up game, or tournament. Also, one can find batting cages a skate park and an in-line roller hockey court at this venue

If you are simply looking for a place to have a picnic or birthday party, residents and visitors alike can also check out Garrison Park, or Lion's Park. Garrison Park boasts a children's play apparatus, a basketball court, swing sets, five tennis courts, and the City of Cottonwood's municipal swimming pool. The Cottonwood Aquatics Center is open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, look for these hours to extend as the City of Cottonwood embarks on its latest endeavor to construct a voter approved Recreation Center.


The Mission of the City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Program is to provide quality programming and leisure activities for the residents of Cottonwood and the surrounding areas at a minimal cost to the participant. If programs are what you are looking for you have found your home in the Verde Valley.

The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department takes pride in the self acclaimed title of recreational hub for the Verde Valley. From summer programs and camps for all ages to special interest classes and adult and youth basketball and softball leagues idle time is not an issue in this community as there is always something to do or participate in.

Additional Information

Please check out the Leisure Times page for more information about programs, parks and special interest classes.

For additional questions or comments, contact the Parks and Recreation Department, and remember, "Here in the City of Cottonwood, we strive to make the good life better."