The Washburn Park Board maintains two major parks, Riverside and Pool Side, and several neighborhood parks throughout the city. Riverside Park is located along the Missouri River and features a paved walking trail, public boat ramp and dock, the historical Sioux Ferry, picnic shelters, fireplaces, a playground and a nine-hole Frisbee golf course. The park also offers a primitive camping area for both tents and campers. The Pool Side Park is adjacent to the Washburn public swimming pool in downtown Washburn and features playground equipment and a picnic shelter.
The Washburn Swimming Pool, located downtown adjacent to Poolside Park, is a retreat for all ages during the hot summer days. Open June through August, the large pool has a separate baby pool. The pool lifeguards are certified by the Red Cross. The swimming pool is maintained by the Washburn Park Board.
A 4.5 mile walking trail that starts in downtown Washburn, runs along the Missouri River, through Riverside Park and on to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center allows visitors and residents a place to walk, bike and enjoy the scenery and nature.
The Washburn Park Board is comprised of community members and are elected officials.