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This Iowa City house party will feature a mini-drone, robotic cars and DIY mechanical bees — all to spark kids’ interest in STEAM

Mini-drones, programmable robots and small cars will cruise around the Science and Technology House Party this Sunday at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. The free event is hosted by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to showcase […]

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Kids Market is returning to the Iowa City Farmers Market

Applications are now being accepted online for the Kids Market that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Iowa City Farmers Market. Vendors between the ages of 8 and 18 will set up booths on the green space […]

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No swimming at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area ‘until water quality improves’

There will be no swimming permitted at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, “due to the level of E. Coli detected in Sand Lake,” the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department announced on Thursday afternoon. Sand Lake isn’t the only local swimming […]

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Controlled prairie burns in Iowa City parks will begin at Hickory Hill Park on Thursday

A controlled burn of the prairie in Hickory Hill Park is scheduled for Thursday, wind and weather conditions permitting, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department said on Tuesday. The Hickory Hills fire is the first of five controlled burns in city parks the department plans for April. […]

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White supremacist graffiti spray-painted in City Park

Visitors to City Park on Saturday morning may have encountered an unpleasant surprise on the pavement: white supremacist messages written with black spray paint in three different areas. “We’ve had spray-painting before, but never messages like this,” Collin Lenton of […]

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Mercer Park Aquatic Center will be closed to public from Thursday through Sunday

The Mercer Park Aquatic Center will be closed to the public starting Thursday, the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation announced on Wednesday afternoon. The center will reopen for public use on Monday, July 29. Swimming lessons scheduled for Thursday morning at Mercer are being moved to City Park Pool, according to a press release from the city. […]

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Cycle for a ‘century’ at the first Trueblood 100 Family Bike Ride

Casual bike riders and serious cyclists will have a new way to celebrate National Bike Month in Iowa City with the inaugural Trueblood 100 Family Bike Ride on Sunday, May 12. The event, announced by the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation on Friday […]

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After almost 70 years, City Park is closing down its amusement rides

After 66 years, Iowa City’s much-loved children’s train will be making its final run this fall. On Monday, the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation announced it is closing down and dismantling the amusement rides in City Park when their regularly scheduled season comes to an end on Sept. 23. The public can enjoy the rides for free through Sept. 30. […]

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