Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
editor's pick topical

Popular Sioux City winter recreation destination adds summer tubing

  • Updated
  • 0
Summer tube slide illustration

Two summer tubing lanes, similar to the one illustrated above, will be added to Sioux City's Cone Park.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The 700-foot main hill at Cone Park no longer has to be blanketed by snow for visitors to fly down it on tubes.

Come mid-June, two lanes of a plastic-type surface will be installed on the hill to jumpstart new summer offerings, which are designed to make the park a year-round destination for family fun.

Cone Park

Guests ride down the hill on inner tubes at Cone Park in 2021.

The city contracted with Neveplast USA for the summer tubing equipment, which is being shipped in from Italy.

"With the winter usage at Cone Park being as popular as ever, we're excited about now having a summer option and bringing the excitement more year-round than just during the winter months," Sioux City Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said. "Hopefully, it will be a great attraction for folks and they can enjoy Cone Park both in the winter and in the summer months."

Summer tubing at the park will be similar to winter tubing, adhering to high safety standards with a reliable braking system to smoothly slow users to a stop. Summer tubing will be offered in 2 1/2-hour sessions, with 85 participants per session throughout the summer.

A mountain bike trail system is slated to begin being constructed at Cone Park in 2023.

Lincoln bakery expands with grocery store next door
Lincoln brewery, restaurant featured in new cookbook of craft beer food pairings

The $2 million bike trails project will incorporate jumps and berms, as well as a pump track. Walkers, hikers and runners will be able to utilize the single-use trails. The Chesterman Foundation donated $1 million toward the project.

During the winter, Cone Park offers a main hill and Blue Bunny Hill, a shorter hill designed for people of all ages, for snow tubing during the winter. Visitors can also skate at the park's 5,400-square-foot refrigerated ice skating rink and warm up around the fire pit and in the park's day lodge.

Chesterman biking

Jay Chesterman is shown mountain biking. In early 2021, the Sioux City Parks and Recreation Department began working with Jay Chesterman and members of the mountain bike community to develop a plan for trails between Cone and Sertoma parks.

Come summer, the rink is converted into a free public splash pad and the day lodge remains rentable. The splash pad is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The park also has a two-mile trail loop, which connects with Sertoma Park to the east.

Cone Park was awarded the "outstanding attraction" honor from the Iowa Tourism Bureau and the Travel Federation of Iowa in 2019. During the park's fifth winter season, 19,897 tickets were sold.

Ricketts signs off on Nebraska casino rules but first bets are still months away
0 Comments
0
0
0
0
0

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News

Husker News