The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department announced today that they will cancel all recreation programs and close facilities beginning Monday, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Administrative offices will not be affected, but as of Monday, March 16, Bender Pool, Northwest Recreation Center, Tait Cummins Sports Complex, and Tuma Sports Complex will all be closed. The programs that will be cancelled include youth spring break camps and programs, open swim and water exercise, open gym at Northwest Recreation Center, and the Capitol City Open. These closures are consistent with the request by City of Cedar Rapids Officials for residents to practice social distancing.

Social distancing restricts when and where people can gather and is one of the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Cedar Rapids residents, especially senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions, are asked to think carefully about attending events and large gatherings.

Iowa City is also making changes as well. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced in a press release that they will be closing some facilities and postponing the following programs:

Iowa City Public Library

  • Along with the closure of the Library, the ICPL Bookmobile has also been suspended.
  • All programs, events, and classes are postponed.
  • Due dates will be extended and fines will be suspended on Library materials.
  • Online resources are still available.
  • Follow the ICPL website and social media outlets for activity suggestions during the closure.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department

  • Closures includes Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, Terry Trueblood Lodge, and Ned Ashton House.
  • Spring Break Camp will be canceled. All participants will be refunded.
  • All recreation programing canceled through at  least April 5, 2020, including swim lessons.
  • Outdoor park restrooms will remain closed.
  • Follow the Parks and Rec website and social media outlets for activity suggestions during the closure.

Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

  • The closure will impact all members of the community, including members of the Center.
  • Follow the Center website and social media outlets for activity suggestions during the closure.
  • Alternative options will be provided for those that use the meal service.

Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center

  • The Iowa City animal shelter will be closed to the public, including volunteers.
  • Please call ahead of time if you plan to bring an animal in, so that we can prepare ahead of time. The number is 319-356-5295.
  • Animal adoptions can still be completed through the online guide.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in place until at least April 5, 2020.

More changes are expected as the situation is rapidly evolving. We will continue to keep you informed of any updates as they arise. In the meantime, here's what you can do to protect your health and the health of others.