Hiawatha Parks & Recreation
Free activities this summer include the Kids' Bike Rodeo, Concerts in the Park, Hiawatha FunFest, and Movies by Moonlight! Hiawatha parks include Guthridge (Emmons Street), Fay Clark (18th Avenue), and Tucker (B Avenue) parks. Guthridge and Tucker parks have splash pads, and all three parks have playground area and pavilions.
Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation
Marion Parks & Recreation
Marion has several parks, including Thomas Park, which borders CR and Marion on First Avenue. Marion pool is located on 35th Street. A ball diamond can be found at Peg Pierce Park on 31st Street, and a weekly Farmer's Market at Taube Park, also on 31st Street. See website for more information.
Variety Star Playground Now Open
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Variety last year to bring the Variety Star Playground, an all-inclusive play area to Noelridge Park, Council Street NE.
The project was more than two years in the making and was completed late last year. It enables people of all abilities to enjoy the playground activities.
Saucer swings, a caterpillar crawl-though, and a butterfly ladder, a swing made for an adult and a child combined, a merry-go-round with seats, and an elaborate jungle gym are some of the activities available at this unique playground.
The playground includes ramps alongside stairs to improve accessibility, as well as wider walkways. A rubberized surface makes the play area safer and easier to navigate.
Garden Plots Available in Community Gardens
The City of Cedar Rapids has garden plots available for public rental at Squaw Creek Park (north of Gardner Golf Course), Tuma (County Home Road NE), and Ellis Park (Robbins Lake area). The plots may be used for gardening between the spring and fall growing seasons and must be cleared by mid-October. Garden plots may only be used to grow products for personal use and not items for sale. Water is available at Tuma and Squaw Creek Park.
Plots may be leased in person, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative offices at 500 15th Street SW, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are approximately 20 x 50 feet and may be reserved for $35.00 per plot. The Parks and Recreation Department will till and state the gardens as weather conditions allow.
Farmers Markets Popping Up All Over
Farmers Market are beginning to become more plentiful as the weather warms up. Farmers markets are a great resource for fresh produce, farm fresh eggs and meats, but they are also popular for their art and homemade goods.
Here are a few locations in our community you don't want to miss!
Hiawatha Farmer's Market
Guthridge Park, 10th Avenue Parking Lot
April 29 to Oct. 28
Sundays 11 am to 2 pm
Marion Weekly Farmers’ Market
Taube Park, 2200 31st Street, Marion
May 5–September 29
Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
June 9 – August 11
8 am – 12 pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.
CR Downtown Farm's Market
May 26 to Sept 1
7:30 to Noon
Noelridge Farmers' Market
4900 Council Street NE
May 2 - Oct.
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays (except 5/29 and 9/4)
4 - 6 PM
Lion Bridge Farmer's Market
May 31 and Sept. 6 from 5-8 pm