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Opening weekend approaches for City Park Pool and Iowa City splash pads

IOWA CITY -- Time to break out the sunscreen and bathing suits. City Park Pool and the spray/splash pads at Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court Parks will open to the public Memorial Day Weekend. City Park Pool will open Saturday, May 25, 2019 while Iowa City splash/spray pads will open Monday, May 27.

2019 marks 70 years of City Park Pool operations. City Park Pool opened its doors for the first time on June 11, 1949. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate City Park Pool's 70th birthday all summer long with special events and other activities.

In addition to celebrating 70 years of operations, City Park Pool will expand weekend hours. The pool will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays allowing for an additional five hours of lap swim each day. City Park Pool will have modified hours Tuesday through Friday, May 28-31, with normal operating hours beginning on Saturday, June 1. Visit for detailed pool schedules. 

Also new in 2019, private rentals for birthday parties, reunions, and other social gatherings will be available on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.  

The City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. Admission is $4 per person, and $2 per person from 5-8 p.m. for Twilight swim Monday through Friday. Children 2 years-old and younger swim for no fee. Thirty-day and annual passes are available for families and individuals. These passes grant access to all Iowa City pools including Robert A. Lee, Mercer Park Aquatic Center and City Park.

Iowa City splash/spray pads are open daily, 9 8 p.m., beginning Monday, May 27 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. There is no fee to use spray/splash pads. Spray/splash pad locations include:

  • Wetherby Splash Pad
    2400 Taylor Drive 
  • Fairmeadows Splash Pad
    2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Spray Pad
    1124 Tower Ct.

For more information, visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website:

City Park Pool turns 70

VMB - Roller Derby season opener!! Saturday, May 18th

Stop by and support the Cedar Rapids Rollergirls on their home court!

ROLLER DERBY!!! Event – tomorrow - SATURDAY - 5/18/2019.

Veterans Memorial Building, Coliseum

Doors open at 6 pm, skates roll at 7 pm.

$10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Kids 6 – 12:  $5 (must be purchased at the door)

Kids under 5 are free.

Wear your best-est black & pink gear (or purchase CRRG merch during the bout) and get to the Veterans Memorial Building to cheer on local CR Rollergirls!

This is the 2019 Season opener; not to be missed!!! Tickets available in advance---or take your chances at the door. For more information, find CRRG on fb:


Iowa City Police Chaplains host Johnson County Peace Officer Memorial Day

In honor of National Police Week, the Iowa City Police Chaplains will host a Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony open to the public and police county wide. 

The ceremony will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 4213 Sand Road SE, Iowa City. The ceremony will express appreciation for the sacrifices and the service of law enforcement.

Historically, the Iowa City Police Chaplains have honored Peace Officer Memorial Day for Iowa City officers through a smaller ceremony. In an effort to expand this countywide, the Chaplains reached out to the other Johnson County law enforcement agencies to make the ceremony more communal. 

The event will feature color guards, prayers and readings from Iowa City Police Chaplains Mel Schlachter, Heather Weber, and Joshua Tilley, a proclamation read by Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Taylor, words from other area mayors, and speeches by Coralville Police Chief Shane Kron and Johnson County District Judge Deborah Minot.

The event represents a joint effort with Coralville Police, North Liberty Police, the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and more organizations. 

In case of inclement weather, the event will move into The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Parking is available off of McCollister Boulevard. 

Free food from Chick-fil-A and Hurts Donut Co. will be served at the event. 

For more information, contact Chaplain Mel Schlachter at 319-356-5265. 

Bike to Work Week Activities Start Monday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – In celebration of National Bike Month, residents are invited to participate in a variety of bike friendly activities throughout the month of May designed to encourage cycling, enhance bike safety education, and continue growing a bike-friendly culture.

In particular, Bike to Work Week May 13 – 17 will offer a variety of events including a special ribbon cutting and community bike ride on Monday, May 13 to celebrate the launch of the city’s first bike share program, focusing on electric-assist bikes and later this summer, electric-assist scooters. 


Monday, May 13

Mayor’s Proclamation & Bike Ride

7:00 a.m. at Jimmy Z’s (112 2nd St SE)

Join Mayor Brad Hart for the official Proclamation and opening bike ride


Bike Share Kick-Off Party!

5:30 p.m. at Green Square

Join City officials and community leaders for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and bike ride! Learn more about the bike share program at


Tuesday, May 14

Bike to Work Week Pit Stops

Pick up free swag and refreshments at any of the following locations:

  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Wells Fargo
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Hall Bicycle
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cedar River Trail at McCloud Run (across from New Pi Co-op on Center Point Road) hosted by New Pioneer Co-op


Wednesday, May 15

Bike to Lunch Business Challenge

12:00 p.m.

Join your co-workers and bike to the NewBo City Market for lunch. The BikeCR Committee will be at the Market at noon to provide updates on all things biking.


Ride of Silence

6:00 p.m. at Marion’s City Square Park


Thursday, May 16

Bike to Work Week Pit Stops

Pick up free swag and refreshments at any of the following locations:

  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Wells Fargo
  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Collins Aerospace (Corner of F Ave/Collins Rd) hosted by Northtowne Cycling & Fitness
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. NewBo Market hosted by Goldfinch Cyclery


Meet Me at the Market

6:00 p.m. Bike Ride at NewBo City Market


Friday, May 17

Handlebar Happy Hour & Group Photo

6:00 Kickstand (203 16th Ave SE)

Don’t miss the grand finale, group photo, and prizes!


Learn more:

Spring Cleanup Event This Weekend in Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Residents across the community are invited to participate in a series of unique neighborhood spring clean-up events hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids, Matthew 25, Neighborhood Finance Corporation, and area Neighborhood Associations.

Friends, neighbors, and family members are invited to join the final in a series of events scheduled this spring that clean-up neighborhoods and strengthen our community. The final event in this series is scheduled for May 11 in the Oak Hill Jackson neighborhood, from 9–11:30 a.m., volunteers can meet at the Metro High School parking lot (1212 7th Street).

Local neighborhood revitalization nonprofit Matthew 25 is supporting the clean-up efforts by offering the services of their Mobile Tool Library at each event. Need a rake or leaf blower for a quick afternoon project? Maybe an edger, trimmer or weed whacker to beautify your yard? Stop by one of the events to borrow a tool, courtesy of Matthew 25.

Neighborhood groups will also take the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge to pick up litter from area streets. The City of Cedar Rapids will provide litter collection kits and dispose of litter collected during the events. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department will also operate an extended branch and brush collection program in the neighborhoods during the event, as well as their mini litter vacuum. Residents can dispose of bulky branches in their waste collection area for pickup.

“Friendly, clean, and inviting neighborhoods are an important part of civic pride,” says City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, who began the 1-Bag Challenge in 2012. “If each of our able residents picked up one bag of litter each year, we’d absolutely be one of the cleanest communities in the world. This new event is a great opportunity to take the 1-Bag Challenge and make a visible difference in your neighborhood.”

"Any tools we can put into neighbors hands to help them improve their home or lawn is a win for all of us," says Clint Twedt-Ball, Matthew 25 Executive Director. "Great neighborhoods begin with great neighbors who volunteer their time to make things even better."

The cleanup events are funded in part by a grant secured by the Neighborhood Finance Corporation, a local program that provides purchase, refinance, and home improvement loans to property owners. Residents who attend the events will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the program. Neighborhood Finance Corporation loans are location-based, not income-based. If you live in the lending area, you could qualify to have up to $10,000 of your total home improvement loan forgiven. The program launched last fall and aims to spur revitalization in our neighborhoods. Learn more:

Other scheduled neighborhood clean-ups, which are not part of this grant program, include:

  • May 19, 2019 — Kenwood Park Neighborhood Association
  • June 22, 2019 — Westdale Area Neighborhood Association
  • Be the Light Yoga & Wellness Cleanups
    • June 1, 2019 — Northwest Area Neighborhood
    • July 13, 2019 — Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood
    • August 3, 2019 — Wellington Heights Neighborhood

Find a full list of cleanup events and opportunities — including information on the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge — at

All residents in Cedar Rapids are encouraged to support healthy, vibrant neighborhoods by doing their part – keeping lawns trim and neat, removing vehicles parked on lawns, and removing debris from yards. Together, we can keep our community vibrant.

Final Public Art Strategic Plan input meeting will be held Wednesday, May 15

The Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee needs your help in drafting a strategic plan.

Plan to attend the second, and final, public input meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Meeting Room B, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. 

Recently, the Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) received support from the City Council to increase the Public Art Program budget for Fiscal Year 2020. In order to receive that funding, Council requested that the PAAC develop a strategic plan to provide a better understanding of how these funds will be utilized and identify potential long-term funding sources.

The City has already received feedback from over 500 individuals about the public art strategic plan with an online and paper survey that was available from late March to late April.

In addition to providing historic information regarding the existing program, a strategic plan should answer questions such as:

  • What is the purpose of public art?
  • What types of public art should be considered?
  • Where should the artwork be featured?
  • How can the City best provide public art opportunities that are equitable and accessible by all?
  • What funding sources are available for successfully implementing the plan in a sustainable way?

Help us answer these questions and more at the upcoming event. The event will include a presentation of the proposed components of the plan and survey results will be discussed. A public hearing on the plan will held in July. The exact date will be determined soon. 

Contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or email for more information or visit the website at