While the park holds many attractions for humans, like softball and soccer fields, 5 playgrounds, tennis courts and a field house with a gymnasium and outdoor pool, it's the natural areas of the park that will appeal to your pooch. One 29-acre section features wetlands, prairie, savanna, woodlands and 2 lagoons. A "prairie river" flows from 2 streams diverted from the lagoons, and a waterfall splashes at one end. Marsh grasses and willow trees line the lagoons, which are stocked with fish for some relaxing angling.
A rose garden juts into the larger lagoon, and another, more formal garden is planted with ornamental shrubs and flowers that burst with color in the summer. A historic stone bridge crosses over the prairie river and is part of a looping trail that connects all of the park into one long path with stops at all of the outdoor attractions.
Wildlife abounds at Humboldt, from songbirds and woodpeckers to herons, ducks, geese and small mammals like rabbits. You and Fido may see a frog perched on a lily pad in the lagoons, or turtles basking on sunny rocks. A cafe features outdoor seating where you can share a meal with your fur-pup, or take away food and beverages for a picnic on the vast lawn or under one of the many trees. Statues and sculptures adorn the park, probably the most famous being the twin bisons at one entrance. Nights Out in the Park are dog-friendly and include plays, music and other events. Be sure to bring water and clean up bags for your pup.
Whatever your chosen activity, you'll soon see Humboldt Park as an accessible oasis for humans and dogs alike!