PARKS FOR PLAY AND RELAXATION
For your outdoor pleasure, Arnold is proud of its four parks, providing residents and visitors with everything from beautiful scenery to fishing and camping to softball and tennis. There’s plenty to keep the young at heart occupied.
Arnold is blessed to have residents that love to photograph the beauty around us. They have willingly shared their photographs with us. Many of the photos on the site and in this photo gallery were taken by Garald Horst, the late Terry King, the late Cheryll Peterson, and many others. Thank you for sharing your talent and eye for beauty with us.
ARNOLD CITY PARK
Covering one full city block, the Arnold City Park is the center of many outdoor activities for youth and adults alike. With swings, slides, a merry-go-ground, and more, it’s eye-candy to the youngsters. Pack your lunch and enjoy a picnic in the cool shade at one of the four covered picnic areas complete with picnic tables and benches. A water fountain, barbeque grill, and public restrooms are available for your convenience as well. Come on out and enjoy the green grass, the chirping of the birds, and the laughter of the children during our community events at the park. The more, the merrier.
ARNOLD LAKE/CAMPGROUND AND RECREATION AREA
This park is the ideal quiet getaway spot for people wanting to enjoy the natural beauty of Nebraska. The park is located immediately south of Arnold, mature trees provide summer campers with cooling shade. Arnold Lake/Campground and Recreation Area is a primitive recreation area encompassing 10 acres of land and featuring a 22-acre lake. The area offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, primitive camping, and 29 total campsites for campers. The lake is stocked periodically with fresh fish by the Nebraska Game & Parks, providing ample opportunities to leave with tall tales about the “one that got away.”
Arnold Lake/Campground and Recreation Area was featured in the May 2007 issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine.
OLD MILL PARK
A fully enclosed ballpark is available to anyone for a game of softball or baseball. Two tennis courts are also in the park. Six horseshoe pits are on the northwest side of the park too.
The original site of Koubek Meat Locker and Grocery Store located on the west side of Main Street had deteriorated over the years. The Sandhills Open Road Challenge board of directors saw an opportunity to improve and beautify Arnold’s downtown. With the blessing and cooperation of the Koubek family, the SORC, along with many volunteers, came together to transform the site into what is now called Koubek Gardens. Beautiful grasses, bushes, and flowers frame the garden with an open green space in the center to allow for picnicking, playing, or meandering. Passersby sit to enjoy a picnic lunch in the garden while local children stop by for a quick game of tag.