"A city park, it has been said, is a testament to the serenity of a Saturday afternoon."
Such a statement applies to Ripley, which offers two city parks and easy access to nearby Cedar Lakes Conference Center and Parchment Valley Conference Center. Ripley City Park features an Olympic-sizes pool complete with water slide. In addition to playground equipment, the venue has lighted basketball and tennis courts, a little league baseball field, and skateboard park. A large gazebo in the shadow of Big rock is an inviting location for a carefree picnic or a family reunion.
Whiting Park, situated in West Ripley, has soccer fields and four softball/baseball fields adjacent to covered batting cages surrounding by a walking rail.
Nearby Cedar Lakes and Parchment Valley have fishing lakes, swimming pools, disc golf, and walking trails. Cedar Lakes has a putt-putt golf course centered around a miniature version of the Statts Mill Covered Bridge.