Many great things are happening in Oelwein. The Northeast Iowa community is easy to locate at the intersection of Highways 3 and 150. This city of 6,451 offers a surprising number of services and activities for its size including daily newspaper, radio station, over 350 businesses, 12 city parks, fishing lake, twin screen movie theatre, performing arts center, wellness center, sports complex, bowling alley, and more.
Education and Wellness
The Oelwein Community School district offers students many opportunities for growth and achievement, including a new Regional Academy for Math and Science. The local fully-accredited hospital offers emergency services, ambulance, surgery, labs, etc. Physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and therapists meet the health needs of the community. A dozen churches offer worship services.
Shopping and Services
Oelwein is proud of the downtown area and the shopping and services it provides. The shopping district offers florists, gift shops, clothing, consignment stores, antique shops, financial services, home improvement, construction, automotive and more! The numerous and varied retail and service outlets are sure to have what you are looking for!
Recreation and Entertainment
Recreation and entertainment include a twin-screen movie theater, two museums, Performing Arts Center, Wellness Center, bowling alley, and much more.
Lovely Walter P. Chrysler Park, located along Hwy. 150 near downtown is one of twelve Oelwein city parks. The park is named for the famed automaker Walter P. Chrysler who once lived in Oelwein working as supervisor at the Chicago Great Western Railroad. Other parks include a 55-acre lake, campgrounds, an aquatic center, skatepark, paved hiking/biking trails, two downtown parks and a Sports Complex.
Visitors will notice several locations around town where the blue recycling bins are located. Oelwein's award-winning recycling program, along with Fayette County Recycling Center, has been collecting cardboard, paper, food cans, glass containers, plastic, and newspapers for several years to help keep our streets clean and save our landfills. Look for the Recycling page on the City of Oelwein website for details.