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City Park

Located on the corner of Main Street and 3rd Street in Varina, Iowa

Varina City Park

Our Hometown Pride Committee has been working hard to improve the appearance and amenities of our City Park. These are just some of the features:

  • New playgound equipment and landscaping
    • Face-to-face “mommy and me” glider swing
  • New basketball court
  • New boundary fence
  • Recently-enclosed shelter house
  • Park benches and tables from Build with Bags
  • Bonfire area
  • Drinking fountain

Sunken Grove/Shimon Wetland

Sunken Grove is located just a few miles outside of Varina and features many recreational amenities. This natural depression is located in the Des Moines Lobe landform region and includes the “thumb” of Iowa most recently covered by glaciers (10-12,000 years ago). The many large oak trees around the lake’s edge often stood in shallow water. To the early settlers it looked as though the ground had sunk after the trees began to grow, and so they named this area Sunken Grove. TheBur Oak Savanna remnants found on the island today date to 1870 when all the old growth oak, hackberry, and cottonwood were harvested.

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Pothole Birding
  • Hiking
  • Camping