Parks and Recreation

Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department

Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Phone: 319-286-5566
Fax: 319-538-0020
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sun 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Fax: 319-540-8843

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

Garden plots are available for public rental at three City facilities. Plots are approximately 20 x 50 feet. Water is available at Tuma Park and at the area near Gardner Golf Course. The Parks & Recreation Department tills the gardens each spring and fall.


  • Ellis Park, 916 Ellis Boulevard NW

  • Gardens near Gardner Golf Course, Hwy 13 and Golf Course Road SE

  • Tuma Park, 3239 C Avenue Extension, Marion, IA

Individuals who hold current garden plot leases may renew the same plot each year prior to plots being open to the public. Unclaimed plots are made available to the public each March at one of our two Parks & Recreation facilities.

The following guidelines apply when renting garden space from the City of Cedar Rapids:

  • Each parcel is designated and delineated by the Parks & Recreation Department.

  • The leased property is to be used for garden purposes only.

  • Gardens may be used between the spring and fall growing seasons. Garden plots must be cleared by mid October.

  • Gardens may only be used to grow products for personal use and not to grow items for sale.

  • Gardens must be kept free of debris and weeds during the leased period.

  • Only garden plot renters are permitted to use the land.

  • Loss of products or property are not the responsibility of the City of Cedar Rapids. Ellis Park is subject to potential flooding. The Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for loss of items due to flooding.

View garden plot locations on the interactive Parks Finder application.

Rental Location
Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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