Parks and Beaches 

The city maintains a collection of exceptional parks, including much of the lakefront area. Most of the parks are connected by the LakeTrail multi-use recreational path.

  1. Awaysis Park
  2. Chautauqua Park
  3. Circle Park
  4. Discovery Center
  5. Frank Starr Park
  6. Great Lawn
  7. Kiwanis Park
  8. Living Heritage Tree Museum
  9. Oscar Bauman Park
  10. Radio Park
  11. Seneca  Park 
  12. Sunset Park
  13. West Ninth Park

Awaysis Park

Location: 1400 E. Lakeshore Drive

The ultimate destination for tourism and beachgoers. Located in the King’s Pointe Resort area. The city’s biggest beach area offers great sunset views and watercrafts available for rent, but that’s just the beginning. Climb a towering lighthouse, explore a large modern playground, take a watercraft adventure or stroll the memorial gardens and toss a penny in the fountain for luck.AWAYSIS PARK

•    Beach
•    Lakefront promenade
•    Picnic pavilions
•    Lighthouse attraction
•    Kolb Memorial Gardens
•    Kayak, canoe, or paddleboat rentals
•    Snack Shack concessions
•    Swimming dock with seating
•    Recreation trail
•    Restrooms

Rentable Pavillion 

The AWAYSIS Pavilion East and West are open shelters located across the AWAYSIS Park playground. Each pavilion has  6 picnic tables available.

Rentable time slots are the following at $25 per time slot:

  • 10 am to 1 pm
  •  1 pm to 4 pm
  •  4 pm to 7 pm

Renting Procedure

Rentals are available up to one year in advance of the rental date. All of the park shelters are rented through City Hall during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm), with the exception of the Sunrise Pointe Golf Course Hall which can be rented through the Golf Course at 712-732-8025.

Reservations for all facilities are not considered booked until the rental fee has been paid in full. All deposits must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the rental date. A signed rental agreement is also required.


All of the rental facilities have an online calendar to check availability. While every effort is made to keep the online calendar up to date it is not the official booking calendar for the facilities. Please call City Hall at 712-732-8000 to check final availability.

Each day the Parks Department will post a sign by the individual shelter or pavilion. If the facility is not rented during a particular time or day, it is open to the public for use on a first come, first serve basis.

  1. Awaysis Beach
  2. Chautauqua Beach
  3. Sunset Park Beach
  4. University Beach
  5. Kiwanis Beach


1400 E. Lakeshore

 This crescent-shaped beach is the city’s largest, with plenty of room to play in the sand or enjoy the view. It’s a great place to watch the waterbirds or enjoy a sunset. A cobbled seawall runs along the beach, with bench seating. A jetty lets visitors stroll well out into the lake, and rentals for kayaks, canoes and paddleboats are available right on the beach. " "


  • Sand swimming beach
  • Lighthouse attraction
  • Small watercraft rentals
  • Concessions stand
  • Recreation trail

There are more beach opportunities nearby – Juvenile Beach Park in Lakeside, a large sand beach at Bel Air, and Hidden Beach in the marina area at Casino Beach.

The Storm Lake Parks System, trails, beaches, and campground welcome pets. The city maintains many special places for visitors to enjoy – including the furry family members.

Keep in mind that animals should be leashed for safety at all times on public property, and aggressive dogs should be kept clear of playgrounds and crowded events. Also, please collect any animal waste to help keep the parks clean and enjoyable for everyone. Some of our most-used areas offer animal waste clean-up stations.