Altoona has more than 17 miles of scenic trails. These trails offer alternate modes of transportation, as many routes lead to community businesses, attractions, city buildings and parks. The City of Altoona has six-to-10-foot-wide trails, and are mostly asphalt. The trails system also connects with the Four Mile Trail that runs to Pleasant Hill and then into the Des Moines trails system. The Sam Wise Complex is a 68-acre athletic complex that features softball, baseball and soccer fields.
Spring Creek Sports Complex is a multi-use facility developed on 80 acres that consists of six game, two tournament and six practice fields that can be configured to accommodate multiple fields for different age groups on a single two-acre parcel. In addition, the facility has a synthetic turf tournament field, playground, awards area, concession building and restrooms. Bike trails connect to the Falcon Ridge neighborhood to the north and the Prairie Vista and Country Cove neighborhoods to the west. Still to complete on the project is the addition of irrigation to the north six practice fields and sport lighting to the synthetic turf tournament field. The next phase of construction will include an expansion of the existing parking facilities and the extension of 10th Avenue Southeast to the north and possibly the construction of an additional equipment storage building. This is an incredible facility that will serve the families of Altoona for years to come.
A skate park features metal rails and various obstacles. Residents also take advantage of The Campus — a city-owned, 73,000-square-foot recreational facility that offers a whirlpool/spa, a two-court gymnasium, treadmills, a weight room, cardio equipment, racquetball courts, youth facilities and a 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool.