Public invited to see plans for the new City Park playground, as the park’s old rides are being sold online

Public input meeting: City Park adventure playground

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center — Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Plans for the new City Park adventure playground. — courtesy Iowa City Parks and Recreation.

The amusement rides that entertained generations of children in City Park are gone, and the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation wants the public’s input on its plans to fill the space the rides occupied for almost 70 years.

On Wednesday, there will be an hour-long meeting at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center starting at 6:30 p.m., during which the public will get a first look at the new adventure playground area planned for City Park. The playground will be on the hillside north of City Park Pool, and will connect the upper and lower parts of the park. Instead of rides, it will focus on climbing and sliding. It will also be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which the old rides weren’t.

In addition to the meeting, Parks and Recreation will also be taking comments on the plans on Facebook page and via email through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Plans for the City Park adventure playground — courtesy of Iowa City Parks and Recreation

The former City Park rides are currently on sale on, a site governments use to sell surplus material. Anyone can bid on the rides and buy them.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 12 bids on the City Park train, driving its price up to $25,050. The high bid on the carousel was $15,150. The airplane ride was going for $3,000, and biding on the Ferris wheel had reached $2,875. The whale ride was the best deal (if you enjoy whale rides) at $1,225. Bids will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Construction on the new adventure playground is scheduled to begin by early summer 2019.

Monday, July 2, 2018. — photo by Zak Neumann

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