Cody Park on North Highway 83 is home to a collection of animals, picnic areas and a fine collection of children’s rides, including a restored antique carousel with hand carved horses. In addition, this public facility houses the beautiful life-size statue of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the display of flags from the tours of the Wild West Show and a collection of railroad locomotives and cars donated by Union Pacific.
In September, Cody Park is the site of our annual “Arts In The Park” event, notable for its fine booths featuring handcrafted items by local artists and craftsmen.
Cody Park is located just south of the North Platte river on Highway 83 and is comprised of 100 acres. The park has many outstanding features, including:
- Cody Park Concession Stand opens for weekends in April and Cody Park Rides open Memorial Day weekend. Both close October 1st. Ride tickets can be purchased individually or in a multi-ticket discount quantity. Group ticket purchase is available to non-profit groups. The group must request the tickets in writing at least five days in advance, must use the tickets within seven days and can only use the tickets on non-holiday weekdays.
- Cody Park Campsite has 40 hard-surfaced camping pads. No sewer, water or electrical hook-ups available. There are restroom facilities and potable water available. Campsite is open May 1st through October 15th. Camping costs apply. Stays are limited to seven consecutive days.
- Cody Park Shelter is approximately 4,000 square feet under roof; seats approximately 200. Shelter has concrete floor, electrical hookup, water, stage and lighting. Shelter is available for rental May 1st through October 15th. Rental reservations are accepted in person only, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Reservations can be made one (1) year in advance, date to date. The first person to the door on that day gets the reservation. (Only exception to this rule is by mayor and/or council). All rental fees are required at the time the reservation is made. All reservations must be made at the Public Service Department, Park – Cemetery Division, 1402 N. Jeffers.
- An animal enclosure with deer, elk, burros, sheep, peafowl, ducks and geese is also part of the park. All animals are shown in a natural setting. No charge.
- A horseshoe pitching facility is available with 30 lighted pits designed for tournament and recreational play. No charge.
- Carpenter Softball Complex has four lighted adult softball diamonds. Diamonds are used throughout the year for league play through the North Platte Sports Association.
- Eight hard-surfaced, lighted tennis courts are used throughout the year for recreational and tournament play. No charge.
- There are many acres for picnic and general recreational use available.
- Four restroom facilities are located throughout the park, they are open from April 15th through October 15th.
- Cody Park has three large playground areas.
- A Train Display is open from Memorial Day through the 4th weekend in September from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The display consists of the restored Hershey, Nebraska depot, a Union pacific challenger steam locomotive, a 6900 series diesel locomotive, mail car, baggage car and caboose, along with other railroad memorabilia. No charge.
- Bill Wood Field is located two blocks west of Highway 83 on 18th Street, and includes a lighted baseball diamond and dressing rooms. The field is used for American Legion baseball play.
- The Dowhower Softball Complex, located two blocks west of Highway 83 on 16th Street, includes seven lighted softball diamonds. Diamonds are used throughout the year for league play through the Platte Valley Girls’ Softball Association.
- A portable band shell is primarily located in Cody Park. The portable band shell is used during the summer months for concerts in the park. In the winter months, it is used from the first Monday after Thanksgiving through December 25th for a Santa’s Workshop Display in Memorial Park. The portable band shell, when not in use by the City is available for rental (see below for fees). (City crews move the band shell).
Cody Park Concessions
This summer spend your days at Cody Park! GREAT FOOD awaits you and your family!
Cody Park Rides
This summer spend your days at Cody Park! GREAT FUN awaits you and your family!
Parks – Fees
|Portable band shell, per day, plus $150 damage deposit, City moves shell (inside City’s zoning area) Non-profit||$100.00|
|Portable band shell, per day ,plus $150 damage deposit, City moves shell (outside City’s zoning area) Non-profit||$300.00|
|Portable band shell, per day, plus $150 damage deposit, City moves shell (inside City’s zoning area) Commercial||$200.00|
|Portable band shell, per day, plus $150 damage deposit, City moves shell (outside City’s zoning area) Commercial
Plus Federal set mileage rate, per mile for outside of City’s zoning area. The zoning area is within City limits and within the two-mile zoning jurisdiction.
|Cody Park camping site, per day||$10.00|
|Cody Park Shelter/Centennial Park Gazebo/Memorial Park Gazebo|
|7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.||$30.00|
|4:00 p.m. – midnight||$30.00|
|7:00 a.m. – midnight||$60.00|
|Per single ticket purchase||$0.75|
|Per ticket purchase||4 for $2.00|
|Ticket price per group||10 for $3.00|
|Group, non-profit, must request in writing 5 days in advance of date needed to Public Service Director. If approved, these can only be used on non-holiday weekdays. Group must purchase minimum of 250 tickets and they must be used within 7 days of date of purchase.|