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ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 1

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route traveling to the downtown interchange, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, June 1. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus. Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark, current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Oakland Cemetery issues grave decoration guidelines for Memorial Day

The staff at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, reminds residents that decorations for Memorial Day may be placed on graves beginning Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 5, 2017. During this period, wreaths and decorations of all kinds may be left at gravesites, with no restrictions on the types of containers or materials used. The cemetery will also display the Avenue of the Flags along the main entrance road throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Friends and family members who wish to keep their gravesite decorations after Memorial Day should remove them no later than June 5. If flags and emblems are still in place after that time, Cemetery staff will remove and store them, although they cannot assume responsibility for preservation of these items.

On Monday, June 6, staff will begin picking up and disposing of other grave decorations that are typically restricted, and will revert to these standard regulations:

  • Only live or dried flowers in plastic or paper mache containers may be used.
  • Glass or tin containers, toys, boxes, and other decorations that might create a mowing hazard are not allowed.
  • Annuals and perennials may be planted adjacent to the stone, if the lot owner and/or family members provide ongoing plant care.

Oakland Cemetery is the City of Iowa City’s public cemetery. For more information, contact Russell Buffington, Cemetery Supervisor, at or 319-356-5105.

Memorial Day Celebration at Oakland Cemetery

A Memorial Day celebration will be held at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017. The celebration will include an invocation, honoring of deceased, unknown soldiers, a reading of the Gettysburg Address and the Retiring of the Colors. This event is sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic, American Legion Post 17 and Auxiliary, and the Johnson County Military Affairs Association, in conjunction with Iowa City Parks and Recreation. There is no fee for this event and the public is invited to attend.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to 10 a.m. and held at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 1913 S. Riverside Drive.

City Park Rides to open Saturday, May 27

The City Park amusement rides will open for the 65th Anniversary season on Saturday, May 27, 2017. To celebrate this important anniversary, Iowa City Parks and Recreation is hosting several special events throughout the summer.


5/29/2017- Memorial Day
Jump into summer fun. Buy a 10-ride pass and get two rides at no additional cost.

6/21/2017- First Day of Summer
Go for a City Park amusement ride and get a free Iowa City Parks and Recreation color-changing cup – while supplies last.  

7/4/2017- Fourth of July
Free amusement park rides all day.

7/21/2017 – Old Fashioned Carnival
From 5-7 p.m., play carnival games and enjoy old fashioned snow cones and hot dogs – served at the end of the evening. All participants will receive one free ride on the historic City Park rides.

8/14 through 8/18/2017- Lazy Dayz of Summer
Swim at City Park pool from Aug. 14-18 and enjoy one free ride. Remember to pick up a ride card at the pool before you leave. Ride coupons are only valid during the week of the promotion, and are valid for one ride per person.

The regular season schedule is as follows:

  • Park rides are open noon to 7 p.m. daily, 
    Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
  • After Aug. 20, rides are open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends only through Sunday, September 24. 

Cost is $1 per ride or $8 for a 10-ride punch card. 

To learn more about the history of the City Park Rides, view our brochure at

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll at 319-356-5100 or

1st Avenue Duct Bank Project – 6th Street to 9th Street

UPDATE 05/25/2017:

1st Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction just north of the CRANDIC Railroad Crossing from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 25, to allow the City’s contractor to confirm the location of existing underground utilities crossing 1st Avenue.  The southbound 1st Avenue lane closure will be back in place for the morning commute on Friday.

About the Duct Bank Project

Construction of the 1st Avenue Duct Bank Project from 6th Street to 9th Street began on May 18. The project will install a duct bank (multiple utility conduits within an underground corridor) to allow overhead and underground utilities to relocate into the duct bank before reconstruction of this same segment of 1st Avenue begins in March/April 2018. 

Traffic Impact

A single lane closure in one direction will be in place each week on 1st Avenue, from 9:00 am on Monday until 3:00 pm on Friday, for the duration of the duct bank project. Construction should be complete by September 1, 2017. Sidewalk access will be maintained along 1st Avenue. Access to businesses within the project corridor will be maintained at all times.

Learn More

Questions can be directed to Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson at 319.248.1720 or email Project updates will be posted at

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Iowa City Police Investigate Strong Arm Robbery

On Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 a.m., Iowa City Police officers responded to Falbo’s Pizza, 457 S. Gilbert St., on report of a fight in progress.  Officers arrived and found the victim outside with injuries sustained during the incident.  The victim reported that he was inside the restaurant and had returned some money to his pocket after paying for food when one of the suspects reached in and took a quantity of the cash.  The confrontation eventually moved outside where the victim said he was going to call police, at which point one of the suspects punched the victim.  Both suspects fled the scene eastbound and were not located by responding officers.  They were described as two African American males of average height and athletic build; one had shoulder length dreadlocks, the other had a short buzz cut, and one was wearing a red jacket.  The victim was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect/s.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. 

Memorial Day schedule announced for City of Iowa City

City Hall and other City of Iowa City offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. 

Other holiday closures or schedule adjustments are as follows:

Airport: Office closed. Jet Air (FBO) will operate regular hours. Details at

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed.

Oakland Cemetery: Office closed on Memorial Day.
For information on the schedule for placing and picking up grave decorations for Memorial Day, visit

Memorial Day services scheduled in Iowa City on Monday, May 29 are as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m.,Ceremony at Park Road Bridge, in memory of soldiers and sailors lost at sea. 
  • 9:30 a.m., Service at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) lot, located at the flag pole near the Brown Street entrance.
  • 11 a.m., Service at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2600 Muscatine Avenue. 

Landfill: Closed.

Library: Closed.

Parking: Public parking ramps will be open, but cashier attendants will not be on duty. Fees will not be charged at ramps or street meters on Memorial Day.

Parks & Recreation: The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym facilities will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pools at both centers will open at 1 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed.

  • Opening day for City Park pool and the Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court park splash features is scheduled for Saturday, June 3.


Police: Normal operations. Records and administrative offices closed.

Senior Center: Closed. Senior meals will not be served or delivered.

Trash & Recycling: Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected on Memorial Day. Residents on the Monday route should have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected. Residents whose pick-up days are Tuesday through Friday should follow their normal schedule.

Transit: Closed. City buses will not operate on Memorial Day.

Water: Closed. In case of a water emergency, call the 24-hour emergency line at 319-356-5166.

Normal City operations will resume on Tuesday, May 30. 

For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058.

Chauncey Swan Ramp stairwell closed for construction

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Crews are currently making repairs to the Washington Street stairwell located inside the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp. The stairwell is currently unavailable, including the payment machines located inside.

The work should take a few weeks, with completion expected in early June. Staff will provide a more specific re-opening date when that information is available.

While the work is being done, customers can use a pay station that has been temporarily relocated on the south-side, outside the stairwell. Customers can also use the mobile payment app PassportParking.

Additional work in the Chauncey Swan ramp this summer includes work to the College Street stairwell, and some concrete and expansion joint work. Similar updates will also be made in the Dubuque Street and Capitol Street ramps. More details to come.

For questions, contact Transportation and Resource Management Associate Director Mark Rummel at  319-356-5151 or email