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Outdoor Recreation Updates

STORM REMINDER: Some Cedar Rapids area parks remain closed. Please do not walk through the parks. It is too dangerous because there are still limbs hanging that could fall.


  • Hard surface trails are cleared
  • Twin Pines and Gardner Golf Courses OPEN
  • Splash pads are now open at Twin Pines (3500 42nd St NE), Hayes Park (1924 D St SW) and Hidder Park (1248 10th St SE).
  • Tuma Sports Complex OPEN 
  • Ushers Ferry Lodge AVAILABLE for rentals
  • Noelridge Farmers' Market OPEN 
  • Twin Pines, Hayes, Hidder, Creekside (Noelridge) splash pads OPEN
  • K9 Acres Off-Leash Area OPEN
  • Cheyenne Dog Park OPEN 
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail OPEN
  • Cedar Lake, Ellis, Edgewood, Cherokee, Lindale, CEMAR commuter trails OPEN
  • Cedar Rapids Bike Share is open, see details here

Many park areas remain closed. See a list of closures and updates here. Please use caution at all outdoor facilities as there is still debris and damage in many areas.

City of Cedar Rapids Swimming Pools

To protect the safety of employees and the public, the City of Cedar Rapids will not open Bever, Bender, Jones, Ellis, Cherry Hill, and Noelridge Pools and Aquatic Centers this summer. Learn more.

City of Marion Parks

Gill Park and the splash pad, Lowe Park, and the trails through the park, Thomas Park, Taube Park, Butterfield Park, and Waldo’s Rock Park are now open to the public.
Due to the extent of the damage and other construction projects, Lindale and Boyson Trails remain closed. The splash pad at Thomas Park also remains closed due to a lack of power.  Learn More

City of Hiawatha Parks

City parks are closed with the exception of Fay Clark Park being open for trail walking and disc golf at your own discretion. The restrooms are closed.

Linn County Campgrounds & Parks

Linn County Conservation is continuing response efforts following the severe storm that passed through the county on Monday, August 10.

Areas that are currently closed include:

  • Morgan Creek Park and Arboretum
  • Wanatee Park (formerly Squaw Creek) - upper park area remains CLOSED indefinitely. This includes the picnic area, upper playground, multi-use trails, Meadowlark Shelter, etc. 

Areas that are currently open include:

  • Pinicon Ridge and Buffalo Creek Parks and Campgrounds are open.
  • Morgan Creek Campground and Wanatee (formerly Squaw Creek) Campground are open, despite the day use of the parks being closed.
  • Wanatee Park (formerly Squaw Creek) along Big Bluestem Drive in the lower park area to Red Cedar Lodge, however, the upper park is closed.
  • Wickiup Hill Learning Center - Open areas include trails in front of the building and property, as well as Wickiup Wandering Woods nature playscape. Trails and areas beyond the playscape continue to be closed due to ongoing hazard tree and debris removal. The indoor facility is open by RESERVATION ONLY by phone in advance: 319-892-6485. 

Find more information at LinnCountyParks.com.

Linn County Trails

Cedar Valley Nature Trail and the Grant Wood Trails are passable. Proceed with caution and be on alert for ongoing debris removal and hazard tree maintenance.

A list of the 28 areas within Linn County can be found at LinnCountyParks.com

Indian Creek Nature Center

Amazing Space is now open, along with a limited number of the trails.* Hours are Monday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM. They still require masks indoors, as well as outdoors when distance cannot be maintained. The Creekside Shop will also be open. Woodland trails remain closed and are dangerous to be on due to hanging limbs, prairie trails are open. Volunteer needs posted here.

Palisades Kepler State Park

Closed due to dangerous conditions. Likely to reopen spring 2021. Learn More

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