The City of Waukee's Parks and Recreation Department does an excellent job organizing fun and family-friendly events for residents to enjoy year round. Annual events that residents look forward to include the Waukee FamilyFest; Easter Coloring Contest and Easter Egg Hunt; Movies in the Park; Celebrate Waukee; 4th of July Celebration; Haunted House; and WinterFest.
Parks and Trails
Spending time outdoors is a way of life for residents of Waukee, which is home to eight parks and three trails. Each of the city's parks include a variety of amenities such as shelters, picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms, and interconnected walking and biking paths. Play equipment, picnic areas and more green spaces can be found at Windfield Park, Warrior Park, Southfork Park, Ridge Point Park, and Grant Park.
Centennial Park is a 33-acre park that includes two sand volleyball courts, three baseball diamonds, a 12-hole disc golf course, three playgrounds, a basketball court, one open and one enclosed shelter, a creek and a covered bridge.
Historic Triangle Park can be found in the heart of Waukee's downtown district and has served as the venue of choice for many community events.
Located behind a home and certified by The National Wildlife Federation as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" is Songbird Park. The park features three acres of thoughtful planning and design and is a sustainable garden enjoyed by local wildlife.
Waukee has over 19 miles of winding trails that connect neighborhoods to different parts of the city. The city encourages its residents to hike, bike and walk in their neighborhoods and throughout their community while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the city has successfully designed these trails to meet help residents meet their goals. Three trails can be found in Waukee: Heart of the Warrior Trail; Raccoon River Valley Trail; and Sugar Creek Trail.
The Heart of the Warrior Trail runs east-to-west through the city and starts northeast of Centennial Park.
Raccoon River Valley Trail features 89 miles of paved trails starting in Waukee and winding through 14 communities before looping back into Waukee. In 2015 the trail was designated as "One of Iowa's Great Places" by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in January 2015. In addition to that designation the trail was granted with a $200,000 state grant that will go toward the construction of a major public art installation at the trailhead.
Sugar Creek Trail connects the Waukee neighborhood of Flynn Village to Centennial Park and area schools. Residents walking or biking along the trail will be afforded with spectacular views of Sugar Creek Golf Course.
Waukee Community School District
Serving the students of Waukee as well as West Des Moines, Clive and Urbandale, the Waukee Community School District is the fastest school district in Iowa and currently serves more than 8,000 students from preschool through twelfth grade. The district includes the Vince Meyer Learning Center, Waukee High School, two middle schools (North and South), two 8th and 9th grade buildings (Timberline and Prairieview), and eight elementary schools (Brookview, Eason, Grant Ragan, Maple Grove, Shuler, Walnut Hills, Waukee, and Woodland Hills).
In 2014 the school district partnered with local businesses through the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program which provides a unique curriculum where students develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills in real world settings. Through this program students are able to gain a sense of the professional work environment and apply academic principles in real life situations.