Elma, Iowa

Elma City Park

Elma City Park

The Elma City Park is located at 400 east Maple Street (directly behind the Elma Charter School).  The park is home to a unique covered grandstand, ball diamond, new playground equipment, new handicap-accessible restrooms, food stand & concession stand as well as picnic area and three shelters.  The stone entryways at the park and stone fireplace in the park's center are historic WPA projects from the 1930's During the summer, the park is host to youth and adult ball leagues (complete with concession stand), the town festival Old Roundhouse Trail Days in July,  as well numerous family reunions.  Fall of 2013 a youth flag football league formed.  In late 2015, outdoor fitness equipment was added as an initiative of the "Fit for Life" group who utilized a $10,000 grant for fitness improvements to the area. 

Outdoor equipment instruction

Elma Museums

Elma Railroad Depot & Schoolhouse Museums

Elma Museums

Elma's two museums are now under the direction of the Elma Museum Board and are open for visitation annually 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day with the Depot Museum additionally open some Saturday afternoons.  Viewing is also possible by appointment at phone number(s) 641-393-2539 or 641-393-2379. The Depot Museum is located on south Busti Avenue (south of the covered bridge; east of the Elma Charter School).  It contains a history of the railroad industry formerly in Elma, including the roundhouse,  as well as other historical artifacts unique to the Elma area. The Schoolhouse Museum is located on north Busti Avenue (north of the covered bridge and across from the water tower).  It contains memorabilia from Elma area schools; including the Elma Lutheran Church School, Elma I.C. Church Academy, Elma Public School, Our Lady of Lourdes Church School, and local country schools.

The Trailhead-Welcome Center will be open Spring/Summer 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 7 days a week.  By early Fall, hours will vary and be on weekends only.    The Welcome Center offers public restrooms, vending, and tourism information.

Old Roundhouse Recreation Trail

Elma portion of Wapsi Great Western Trail

Old Roundhouse Recreation Trail Old Roundhouse Trail

The Old Roundhouse Trail is a portion of the Wapsi Great Western recreational trail, soon to be connected to the trail of the same name stretching north through Howard & Mitchell counties, through Riceville and McIntire.   The current Old Roundhouse Trail portion is roughly  only 5.3 miles, from Elma proper to Acme.  The Old Roundhouse Trail segment was newly black-topped in fall 2009.  However, the trail is currently being extended to meet up with the Wapsi Great Western Trail into Riceville & beyond, for another 18.75 miles of Trail with completion anticipated to be done in Fall 2017.  When finished, the Wapsi Great Western Trail will run approximately 24 miles from Elma NW through Riceville and NW into Mitchell county.  Plans are underway to then futher extend the trail to go to Austin MN, making it a 77-mile long trail once done.  Click on the links below for more information about this project's progress from a local newspaper.



Trail Progress in 2017 July 2016 news June 2017 news