Best of the CRANDIC 2021: Health & Recreation

The results are in! Browse the winners of Little Village’s 2021 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Health & Recreation category, representing readers’ favorite activities, outdoor destinations and healthcare experts in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area.

Best Bike Trail

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Best Bowling Alley

Colonial Lanes

2253 Old Hwy 218 S, Iowa City, 319-338-1573,

“Hasn’t changed in decades. And that’s comforting to me.”

— Meagan W.

Best Campground

F.W. Kent Park

2048 US-6, Oxford
A trail in F.W. Kent Park, June 2020. — Emma McClatchey/Little Village

Best Chiropractor

Black & Gold Chiropractic & Wellness

401 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, 319-337-6000,

Best Community Sports League

Lambda Softball Association of Eastern Iowa

courtesy of LSA of Eastern Iowa

Best Dentist/Orthodontist

Ann L. Connors Family Dentistry

803 E Market St, Iowa City, 319-337-7797,

Best Dog Park

Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park

1867 Foster Rd, Iowa City

Sunset at the Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park in Iowa City’s Peninsula neighborhood, November 2021. — Emma McClatchey/Little Village

Best Eye Clinic – TIE!

Discerning Eye

218 E Washington St, Iowa City, 319-338-6800,

Jensen Eyecare

640 Hwy 1 W # 2, Iowa City, 319-338-6700,

Best Fitness Instructor

Jennifer Evans, The BodyLab at Nolte

1619 2nd St, Coralville, 319-688-9289

“Each workout is uniquely designed to be fun and challenging.”

— Carole B.

Best Gym – TIE!

North Dodge Athletic Club

2400 N Dodge St, Iowa City, 319-351-5683,

Performance Health & Fitness

3290 Ridgeway Dr Ste 1, Coralville, 319-665-2548,

Best Massage Therapist

Jaime Nevins, Back Together Massage

1700 S 1st Ave STE 11A, Iowa City, 319-481-2524

“Magical blend of energy and hands-on work. Safe to process hard emotions and memories with them that are brought to the surface. Truly listens. Authentic.”

— Leah F.

Best Mental Health Services Provider (Individual)

Zarah Roberts


Best Mental Health Services Provider (Clinic)

Abbe Center for Community Mental Health

Locations throughout eastern Iowa, 319-398-3562,

Best Pharmacy

University of Iowa Health Care North Dodge Pharmacy

1360 N Dodge St, Iowa City, 319-356-2294

Best Physical Therapist

Team Iowa Physical Therapy

2400 N Dodge St Ste B, Iowa City, 319-246-2006,

Best Picnic Spot

F.W. Kent Park

Johnson County’s Kent Park is full of shelters, picnic tables, trails, ponds, camp sites and other outdoor features. — Emma McClatchey/Little Village

Best Place to Experience Nature

Hickory Hill Park

1439 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, 319-356-5100

Sure, Hickory Hill is a destination for winter sledders and features a couple small shelters, but for the most part, the park is a place where people go to escape into quality natural habitat and quiet sanctuary. It’s a place where you can walk, hike, birdwatch, jog, dog walk (leashed, please!) or cross-country ski for literally hours with something new to see at every moment among several types of natural habitat native to our state: tallgrass prairie, oak and hickory woodlands and oak savanna. (From the article “The Friends of Hickory Hill Park help guide the beloved IC nature area’s future” by Thomas Dean, published Nov. 3)

Best Place to People-Watch

Iowa City Pedestrian Mall

“A community living room … See the world as you sit on a bench.”

— Alice A.

Best Place to Play Pool

Joe’s Place

115 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, 319-338-6717,

Best Place to Read a Book


Best Sporting Goods Store

Play It Again Sports

1705 S 1st Ave D, Iowa City, 319-354-4777,
3649 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, 319-366-8664

Best Summer Camp – TIE!

FilmScene’s Virtual Animation Camp

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps

Best Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinic

University of Iowa Health Care North Dodge Clinic

1360 N Dodge St, Iowa City, 319-356-2294

“North Dodge Clinic is an excellent clinic for patients. They are focused on their patients and truly go the extra mile to ensure they are getting the best care. The wait times are minimal. I would recommend all of my family and friends be seen at this clinic.”

— Kelly T.

Best Yoga Studio

Hot House Yoga

224 S Clinton St, Iowa City, 319-351-9642,
250th 12th Ave, Coralville, 319-338-9642

Most Trusted Physician

Dr. Sarina Martini, UIHC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Little Village’s Best of the CRANDIC is presented by City of Iowa City.

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