The city of Marshalltown was named after the town of Marshall in Michigan by a former resident. The settler was Henry Anson who proclaimed the area as one the prettiest places in Iowa, and thus started the settlement of Marshalltown. Today, you can find some great parks and recreational spots throughout.
One of the largest parks in the city is Riverview Park, and is popular for its riverside location, large open areas, shaded paths, and expansive dog park. The dog park is entirely fenced-in, with 4.3 acres of grassy terrain and trees. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, double-gated entrances, a pavilion for dog parents, water fountains, and clean-up stations. Dogs can also walk around outside the dog park, but should remain on a leash in the bigger park.
The Nicholson-Ford Nature Area is the best place to go to enjoy a piece of nature, with secluded areas to play in and a quiet trail to use. The park itself has open fields and forested regions, with a few benches, trash bins, and picnic tables. Dogs are always welcome, and can even enjoy the trail the park connects to known as Linn Creek Greenbelt Recreation Trail. This rail-trail is made of asphalt and extends over 10 miles.
Whether you're playing, walking, or visiting one of the city's four animal hospitals, you and Fido will fall in love with Marshalltown thanks to its dog-friendliness and multiple areas to play in.