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Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department
City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Phone: 319-286-5566
Fax: 319-540-8843

Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

Winter Recreation
Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-country (Nordic) ski on a trail near your home, or venture out to enjoy trails throughout the City. Trails are located at Ellis Golf Course, Jones Park, Seminole Valley Park, Twin Pines Golf Course, Gardner Golf Course, Czech Greenway, Noelridge Park, and the Sac and Fox Trail. They are opened, marked and groomed when they are completely covered with snow and conditions allow grooming. Call the Winter Sports Hotline, 319-286-5700, for trail openings and conditions.
 Click here for maps and mileage 
Sledding Hills

The sledding hills open when enough snow accumulates to completely cover them. Soar down the snow-covered hills at:
Bowman Woods, 141 Boyson Rd. NE
Shawnee Park, 1101 19th St. NW
Jones Park, 201 Wilson Ave Dr. SW

Please have fun and observe the safe sledding tips below:

Safe Sledding Tips

  • Sledding can cause severe injuries. Sled at your own risk.
  • Choose a hill that has a gentle slope and that is free of obstacles such as trees, signs, fences, rocks, river, parked or moving vehicles, railway track, and holes or jumps.
  • Sled during the daylight or on a well-lit hill.
  • Dress properly, protecting hands, feet, and your face from the cold.
  • Tuck in any scarves, strings, or long hats that could potentially catch on a rock or tree and cause strangulation or other serious injuries.
  • Sled by sitting or kneeling down. Never go down head first or standing up.
  • Check your sled for cracks or damage before use. Choose sleds that you can steer or stop.
  • Have only the recommended number of passengers on a sled at one time.
  • Wait until the path is clear before starting down the hill. This could help prevent you from running into another person on your way down.
  • Move out of the way quickly if you fall or stop suddenly.
  • Walk back up the side of the hill, away from others sledding.
  • Parents should go on sleds with children under the age of 5.
  • Have an adult supervise children while they are sledding.
  • Avoid hills that are too icy; you want to be able to stop if needed.
  • Avoid overcrowding a sled or toboggan with too many riders.

Ice Rinks
Ice rinks are unsupervised. Rinks are constructed using a plastic liner which results in better quality ice and a longer skating season. 


  • Hughes Park Basketball Court, 2100 Wilson Ave. SW - CLOSED

Outdoor Tennis / Pickleball Courts
The Ellis & Jones tennis courts will be open all winter for tennis and pickleball. 


  • Ellis Park Tennis Court, 2550 Ellis Blvd. NW
  • Jones Park Tennis Court, 201 Wilson Ave Dr. SW

Maintained Walking Trails
The following ADA accessible trails will be maintained during the winter from snow and ice. 


  • Noelridge Park Trail Loop, 4900 Council St. NE
  • Lindale Trail, C Ave NE & Blairs Ferry Rd. NE
  • CEMAR Trail, 20th St. NE to 29th St. NE
  • Amphitheatre, 475 1st St. SW
  • Sinclair Leve Trail, 16th Ave Brg. to 10th St. SE
  • Ellis Trail, 1927 Ellis Blvd. NW to Harbor
  • Edgewood Trail, Ellis Rd. NW to O Ave. NW
  • Cherry Hill Trail Loop, 341 Stoney Point Rd. NW
  • Cherokee Trail, Morgan Creek  entrance to Cherokee Park
  • Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd. SE
  • Bever Park, 2700 Bever Ave SE
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Blairs Ferry Rd. NE to Hoover Park SW
  • Cedar Lake Trail Loop, 855 Shaver Rd. NE (currently under construction)

Winter Hotline

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