Bancroft takes great pride in their park, located in the southwest corner of the village. Playground equipment, purchased with grant money, was added in 1997. Other features of Bancroft’s park include a band shell, trees and memorial benches. The concession stand is busy during baseball and softball season at the John Bring Memorial Field.
Beemer’s three village parks include the Beemer Mini-Mart, located at 3rd & Main Street, which has a gazebo and provides a place to relax and watch the Main Street activities; Beemer Children’s Park, located at 5th & Harrison Street, which has a playground and picnic shelter; and the Beemer Village Park, located on south Main Street, which has playground equipment, ball fields, horseshoes, tennis courts, basketball hoops, sand volleyball court and a picnic area.
Built on 166 acres near the banks of the Elkhorn River just south of Beemer, the Indian Trails golf course has a rich history. The Cuming County Recreational Association was founded in 1963 and later became known as Indian Trails. Construction on the restaurant and lounge building was completed in 1964.
There are currently around 250 active memberships which include: family, single, business, junior, and college.
The course offers both men’s and women’s leagues, as well as a Friday night couple’s league. Several tournaments are held throughout the year, including the June member-guest and July open tourneys.
A driving range and carts are available. Tee times can be made in advance by calling 402-528-3404. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.
One of the newest additions to West Point is the Boy Scout Memorial Park located on Main Street. The park was dedicated in 2009 and was established in memory of the four Boy Scouts who were killed when a tornado struck Little Sioux Scout Camp in Iowa in 2008. One of the Scouts killed was Aaron Eilerts, who was raised in West Point. The Memorial Park includes interesting history of Scouting, and monuments in memory of all four Scouts who were killed.
Whether it be camping, fishing, hiking or simply enjoying a game of horseshoes, West Point’s city parks can fill the bill.
The main park is Neligh Park, located in the heart of the city. The park is equipped with plenty of playground equipment, which was updated as recently as 2009, several picnic shelter areas, and horseshoe pits. Two sand volleyball courts are also located there.
Tent camping is allowed in the park and areas around Neligh Park Lake, where fishing is allowed. The park also has handicap-accessible restrooms with showers.
Eight paved camper pads are located on the west side of Neligh Park Lake. The camping pads have electrical and water hookups. The park has a sewage pump station for campers.
West Point’s well-maintained swimming pool is located in Neligh Park and is a popular place in the summer. The pool has three small water slides and two diving boards. The pool is used by the West Point Dolphins, a summer swim team.
Also located in Neligh Park is Anderson Memorial Baseball Field. That’s the home field for West Point’s town team, the Bombers, and for West Point’s American Legion Juniors and Seniors teams.
Adjacent to Neligh Park is the Cuming County Fairgrounds, which is used for more activities than just the fair. The fairgrounds include the horse arena, which is the site of horse shows and cattle penning/sorting events.
A second park in West Point is Timmermann Memorial Park, located on the west edge of the city. It also has playground equipment and restrooms. A tennis court and basketball court are located there, as is another sand volleyball court.
Timmermann Park is also the home to four ball fields, which are also used for the many youth baseball and softball teams that play in West Point each summer.
Wilderness Park is a natural preserve on the east edge of West Point and is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the many species of wildlife and prairie vegetation in an undeveloped environment. Many people use this area for kite flying. The scenic beauty of the 120-acre park interests young and old alike. Many species of wildlife, such as deer, make Wilderness Park their home. The park has a picnic shelter.
The park is also a popular place for sledding in the winter months.
The Elkhorn River runs on the west edge of West Point. It is home to some good fishing and is a popular place for air boaters. More recently, the river has become a popular place to go “tanking,” where people sit in a large livestock water tanks and float down the river.
West Point also has an eight-lane bowling alley and an athletic track at West Point-Beemer Public High School. The track is open to the public for walking during non-school hours.
The importance of recreation and exercise cannot be overstated in a community and Wisner provides plenty of recreation for its citizens.
The Wisner Community Arts and Recreation Association is in place to help with youth sports, where around 400 youth take part in an array of activities sponsored annually by the association.
Among the activities sponsored by the association are: boys Little League baseball, girls softball, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, American Legion boys baseball, flag football, swimming, and volleyball.
Wisner has three parks with the main park being Wisner River Park, located along the North bank of the Elkhorn River in the southeastern portion of Wisner.
The three parks in Wisner cover 13 acres and have a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, basketball courts, three ball diamonds, horseshoe pit, horse arena, two sand volleyball courts, and a camping area with electrical hookups. Two unsupervised playgrounds have standard playground equipment.
River Park sports three playing fields which host the Little League and American Legion baseball action, along with girls softball.
A new boat ramp at River Park provides easy access to the Elkhorn River for canoes, air boats and tanks. You will also catch many fishermen casting off the banks of the river in the park, as well as kids casting lines into a lake located on the northeastern part of the park. This lake is stocked annually with sufficient bullheads.
Camping is big at River Park, with a good number of camping hookups available, as well as a clean bathroom and shower facility. There are also multiple roofed-in picnic areas located at River Park.
Adjacent to, and just east of, River Park is a minipark, which contains a tennis court and picnic area. It is located next to Wisner’s City Auditorium.
Funded greatly through the generosity of the Louis and Abby Faye Dinklage Foundation, a third park named Dinklage Memorial Park is located between 11th and 12th Streets and Avenues H and I. The park, which has a roofed-in picnic area and playground equipment for the kids, is located next to the city’s swimming pool. The pool is open to the public during the summer months and plays host to the Wisner youth swim team.
Wisner also offers an eight-lane bowling alley.
Outdoor recreation in the Wisner area includes boating and canoeing on the Elkhorn River, hunting, fishing, golf, skating and tennis.
For those who love adventure, a Jeep club schedules numerous events. Jeep owners head out on weekend excursions, which could include a drive through and along the Elkhorn River, depending on the height of the water.