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Twin Pines and Mini Pines Closing for the Season

CEDAR RAPIDS, IATwin Pines Golf Course and Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course will close for the season at the end of play Sunday, November 21. The Twin Pines Pro Shop will remain open through December 23 for holiday shopping. Holiday hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It will be closed November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving.  Call 319-286-5583 or go to for more information.

Iowa City Deer Bow Hunt begins September 18, 2021

Iowa City's Deer Bow Hunt will begin Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The bow hunt season will continue through Jan. 10, 2022.

The bow hunt is part of the City’s Long-Term Deer Management Plan, which includes one year of professional sharpshooting in 2019 and an urban bow hunt in 2020 – 2024. The hunts are held only on private property and conducted by the property owner or those with permission from the owner. Before hunting is allowed, Permission to Hunt on Private Property and Waiver of Separation forms must be submitted to the police department and approved.

No bows can be fired within 150 feet of any trail, road, park, school, sidewalk, or right-of-way. Additionally, no bows can be fired within 150 of a home or property line without an owner’s permission. Hunt rules are available on the City website at or at the Iowa City Police Department, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

How to apply:

Interested hunters must submit an application and have it approved before hunting. Applications are available here. Applications are available as a fillable PDF or can be downloaded and handwritten. A copy of the hunter's Iowa Department of Natural Resources Hunting License must be included with the application.

Completed applications must be emailed to or delivered to the Iowa City Police Department, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240, by no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Applications will be processed by the Iowa City Police Department. 

Don't veer for deer

The Iowa City Police Department would like to remind motorists to be extra vigilant to avoid deer collisions this time of year. Deer activity will increase in the coming weeks as the peak of breeding season approaches, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Deer will be more active during the dawn and dusk periods, when more motorists will be driving due to shorter days.

Motorists can help avoid deer collisions by slowing down and remaining alert while driving, particularly near potential deer crossings, such as creeks, fence lines or breaks in the tree line. If deer enter the roadway, drivers are reminded to not "veer for deer" and risk entering the ditch or hitting oncoming vehicles. 

A map of all car crashes in Iowa City involving animals - the majority of which involve deer - dating back to 2016 can be found here. The map also includes the estimated damage caused by each collision.

To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population Management Program, visit

Adjusted Pool Schedules Begin This Week

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – As in previous years, the Cedar Rapids outdoor pools will begin adjusted schedules in August based on decreased attendance, darkness and staffing levels. Bever Pool is scheduled to close on Friday, August 6. The Bever season will culminate in the K9Splash! dog swim on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, in the same way it has for the last fourteen years (except 2020).  

On weekdays, through August 13, Cherry Hill Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and evening swims, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It will be open on weekends for open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., and close for the season at 5:00 p.m. on August 22.  

Noelridge Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. through August 20. It will be open for evening swims from 6:30-8:00 p.m., through August 13. Noelridge will remain open for weekend swimming, with open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., through Labor Day. Noelridge will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 6.  

Lap swims, at both aquatic centers will be held on weekdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. through August 13. On weekends, lap swim will be from 11:45-12:45 p.m. on days the two pools are open. The Last Gasp! Swim, the last opportunity to swim on a weekday afternoon this summer, will be held at Noelridge on Friday, August 20 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  

Schedules and any changes are posted on the City’s website at The availability of slides and water features may vary due to staffing. A list of indoor swimming opportunities at Bender Pool, is available in the fall Play! guide mailed to Cedar Rapids homes the week of August 9.

Mini Pines Opens Today

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will host a grand opening celebration for Mini Pines, a new miniature golf course next to Twin Pines Golf Course. The grand opening event will feature a program with speakers, ribbon cutting, and opportunity to explore the course from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. the course will be open for paid play. Golf staff will be available for interviews about the course between 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. or following the ceremony.

WHEN:           Opening ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Interviews available between 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. or following the ceremony.

WHERE:        Next to Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd Street NE.

WHAT:           Grand opening for new miniature golf course

Natural winterkill impacts local ponds and lakes

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has received reports of dead fish spotted in local bodies of water as the ice cover disappears following warmer temperatures. This winterkill occurs when ice barriers form on the surface of lakes and ponds, preventing oxygen circulation.

Iowa's winter weather included an accumulation of ice, blanketed by snow, which covered bodies of water for an extended period, and blocked crucial sunlight. This scenario impedes photosynthesis, which can cause aquatic plant life to die. The loss of aquatic plants results in less oxygen under the icy surface, ultimately causing the loss of fish. These winter fish kills are part of a natural cycle.

The Iowa DNR reports that fish kills are common at this time of year across the state. Although the number of impacted fish may appear to be large, it is rarely enough to have a lasting impact on pond health or the larger fish population. 

Parks maintenance staff remove the dead fish as time allows during regular park maintenance.

Twin Pines Golf Course to Open Friday

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department plans to begin the golf season with the opening of Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd Street NE, on Friday, March 19. The course will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. The driving range will also be open and carts will be available as conditions allow. Courses will open with COVID protocol still in place and masking requirements in the clubhouse. Tee times are currently open at The Department anticipates opening Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Old Golf Course Road, on March 22 and Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Avenue NW, in April. Season passes may be purchased online at or at courses after they open.

Brown Deer Golf Course Opens for the Season

All 18 holes at Brown Deer Golf Club opened for the 2021 golf season on Wednesday, March 10, and will remain open as the weather allows. Initially carts must remain on the path, but Brown Deer will re-evaluate each day. The driving range remains closed.

To book a tee time or get updates on the current course status, call the Pro Shop at Brown Deer Golf Club at 319.248.9300 ext. 1.


Brown Deer Golf Club website

IFL 2021 Schedule Update

DES MOINES - The Indoor Football League (IFL) today announced changes to the 2021 season schedule after the League’s Board of Directors voted to push back the season in an effort to provide each of its member teams the best opportunity for a successful season. The IFL Kickoff Weekend is now slated for the weekend of May 14, 2021.

The Iowa Barnstormers 2021 season will begin on the road during IFL Kickoff Weekend on Saturday, May 15 at the Sioux Falls Storm. The Barnstormers will return home to Wells Fargo Arena for the first time in over a year for their home opener on Saturday, May 22 against the Duke City Gladiators. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

“I’m trying to best meet the varying needs of all of our member teams, we determined as a league that delaying the start of the season is in the best interest of the IFL,” said league Commissioner Todd Tryon. “With a national footprint that stretches from the East Coast to the West Coast and from North Dakota all the way down to Texas, this season calls for us to be flexible and to consider the unique restrictions, or lack thereof, of each of our 12 markets.”

“We view this as a positive step as we have been able to put together a schedule that will allow each team the best opportunity for success in its own local market, while also allowing for additional time for our country as a whole to make greater strides in our collective efforts against the COVID pandemic. At the same time, we realize there will continue to be issues related to COVID and we have spent many hours developing plans on how we will deal with in-season situations that may arise.”

The IFL has developed a comprehensive system of COVID protocols and procedures that places the safety of the league’s fans, players, coaches, team and league staff, and partners at the forefront, including roster modifications, team testing procedures, limits on how teams interact within large group settings, and more.

In addition to the Iowa Barnstormers home opener on Saturday, May 22 against the Duke City Gladiators, the updated home schedule features the Bismarck Bucks (May 28, August 7), Sioux Falls Storm (June 19), Louisville Xtreme (July 17, August 14), and the Green Bay Blizzard (July 24).

The Barnstormers will be traveling a total of seven times with the new schedule. In addition to kicking off the season with a visit to the Sioux Falls Storm (May 15), the Barnstormers will travel to the Tucson Sugar Skulls (June 5), Bismarck Bucks (June 12), Green Bay Blizzard (June 25), Frisco Fighters (July 9), Louisville Xtreme (July 31), and will close out the regular season at Massachusetts Pirates (August 21).

Fans will notice that the updated schedule features 14 games, including seven home and seven away, instead of the previous 16 game layout. Barnstormers Season Ticket Holders will receive the seven regular home games plus the first post-season home game in their season ticket package.

Once again this season, all home games will be played at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

"We are excited to be back in action," said Iowa Barnstormers President Jeff Lamberti. "We appreciate our fans patience and support throughout this trying year and hope the Des Moines community will embrace our return in a safe manner."

The Iowa Barnstormers are working closely with the facility regarding seating regulations for the 2021 season due to Covid-19 restrictions. The health and safety of fans, players, and staff is the organization’s top priority. Information regarding Season Tickets and Single Game Tickets will be available soon.

The full 2021 Iowa Barnstormers schedule can be found here:

Saturday, May 15

@ Sioux Falls Storm 7:05PM

Saturday, May 22

vs. Duke City Gladiators 7:05PM

Saturday, May 29

vs. Bismarck Bucks 7:05PM

Saturday, June 5

@ Tucson Sugar Skulls 7:05PM

Saturday, June 12

@ Bismarck Bucks 6:05PM

Saturday, June 19

vs. Sioux Falls Storm 7:05PM

Friday, June 25

@ Green Bay Blizzard 7:05PM

Friday, July 9

@ Frisco Fighters 7:05PM

Saturday, July 17

vs. Louisville Xtreme 7:05PM

Saturday, July 24

vs. Green Bay Blizzard 7:05PM

Saturday, July 31

@ Louisville Xtreme 6:05PM

Saturday, August 7

vs. Bismarck Bucks 7:05PM

Saturday, August 14

vs. Louisville Xtreme 7:05PM

Saturday, August 21

@ Massachusetts Pirates 6:05PM