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Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Updates

Last Updated: January 20, 2021

The public is reminded to follow CDC guidelines when using parks including:

  • Follow social distancing standards of a minimum of six feet between you and other park users.
  • Do not gather in groups beyond members of your own household.
  • Practice good personal hygiene – wash your hands regularly.
  • Be aware that park restrooms are currently closed and water is not turned on. Please bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Please carry out any trash that is brought into the parks.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms, stay home for the health and safety of yourself and others.
  • Individuals 65 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, are strongly encouraged to stay at home to avoid potential exposures.
  • Trail users on any trail system are encouraged to maintain distance between themselves and others by signaling your presence with your voice, bell, or horn, and stepping off the trail to allow others to pass. 

Facility Openings/Closures:

The Parks Department has contracted with Boomerang Corp. for tree and debris removal in public parks. This contract is separate from the work underway to remove debris from public right-of-way. The contractors are working in the following Parks and they are currently closed to pedestrians and traffic.


  • Bever Park
  • Ellis Park / Robbins Lake
  • Ellis Golf
  • Haskell Park
  • Hughes Park
  • Jones Park
  • Kenwood Park
  • Northview Park
  • Sac & Fox Trail
  • Seminole Valley
  • Shaver Park
  • Time Check Park
  • Van Vechten Park
  • Vets Memorial Tennis Center
  • Williams Park

Locate a Park Near You: Cedar Rapids Parks Finder

SW/SE Quadrant
  • Cheyenne Dog Park
  • Hidder
  • Redmond
  • Hoover
  • Huston
  • Poets Park
  • Wellington
  • Prairie Park Fishery 
NW/SW Quadrant 
  • Cherry Hill 
  • Cleveland
  • Delaney
  • Ellis Harbor
  • Wilderness Estates
  • 10th Square
  • Reed
  • Jackson 

  • Cedar Lake Loop
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail   
  • Cemar Trail
  • Lindale Trail
  • Prairie Park Fishery Loop
  • Wilderness Estates Loop
  • Cherry Hill Loop
  • Cherokee Trail (Cherry Hill)
  • Noelridge Loop

NE Quadrant  
  • Noelridge Park
  • Daniels Park
  • K9 Acres Dog Park 
  • Huntington Ridge
  • Artists Memorial
  • Fox Trail
  • Twin Pines
  • Nixon


 Urban Core
  • McGrath Amphitheatre
  • Sunner Memorial
  • Hayes
  • Mays Island
  • Greene Square


WINTER RECREATION - Call the Winter Sports Hotline (319-286-5700) for openings/closings
  • Ellis Tennis Court OPEN ALL WINTER for Pickleball
  • Twin Pines Cross-Country Ski Trail will open when a 6-inch snow pack is achieved (Due to damage from the derecho, this is the only ski trail that will be open and groomed this winter.)
  • Ice Rinks at Jones Park and Noelridge Park Tennis Courts are OPEN
  • Sledding Hill at Bowman Woods Park open when completely covered with snow (Due to damage from the derecho, the sledding hills at Jones and Shawnee are not open at this time.)
  • Bender Pool OPEN for lap swimming by advance reservation only beginning January 4
  • Northwest Recreation Center Pickleball Courts OPEN for play by advance reservation only beginning January 6
  • Tuma Sports Complex OPEN 
  • Twin Pines Clubhouse OPEN beginning January 3
  • Ushers Ferry Lodge AVAILABLE for rentals after January 1
  • City Services Center CLOSED
  • Ellis, Gardner, Jones and Twin Pines Golf Courses CLOSED
  • Noelridge Farmers' Market CLOSED for the season
  • Noelridge Greenhouse CLOSED
  • Northwest Recreation Center CLOSED
  • Old MacDonald's Farm in Bever Park CLOSED
  • Tait Cummins Sports Complex CLOSED
  • Ushers Ferry Historic Village CLOSED
  • Veterans Tennis Center CLOSED

Cancelled Programs and Events:

  • Art Academy (Cancelled)
  • Adult Basketball (Postponed to start Jan. 31)
  • Adult Snow Kickball Tournament (Postponed to Feb. 20)
  • Adult Volleyball (Postponed to start Jan. 19)
  • Belly Dance (Session #305204-01 Cancelled)
  • Bender Swim Lessons (Cancelled: Saturday Session #1 & #2, All Sessions D & E lessons)
  • Bender Pool Water Exercise (Cancelled and Suspended until February)
  • Bender Pool Pass and Punch Pass Sales and Renewals Suspended 
  • Blastball (Postponed to Jan. 20)
  • Karate - All levels will be offered online
  • Kyudo Renmei (Sessions #302303-01 & #302304-01 Cancelled)
  • Line Dance for Beginners (Session #305207-01 Cancelled)
  • Northwest Recreation Center Basketball Reservations (Cancelled and Suspended until February)
  • Play, Music & Fun (Session #310102-01 Cancelled)
  • Pop Goes the Easel (Session #303120-01 Cancelled)
  • Pound - (Cancelled: December Session)
  • Tennis Lessons (Cancelled)
  • Ushers Ferry December In-person Classes & Camps
    (Cancelled: Wild Beauty: Oil, Balms & Lotions; My First Sewing Machine; Fanny Farmer Confectionary School, Winter Pioneer Day Camp)
    (Postponed: Winter NERF Tactical - Moved to Feb. 13, Victorian Wild Beauty - Moved to Feb. 20)

  • Water Exercise (Cancelled for January)
  • Watercolor Made Easy (Session #303107-01 Cancelled)

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