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Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department

Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Phone: 319-286-5566
Fax: 319-538-0020
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sun 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Fax: 319-540-8843

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

cedar lake trail
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department maintains walking trails throughout the park system as well as recreational trails in the city. The trails wind through wooded areas, shady parks, along streams, the Cedar River, and downtown Cedar Rapids. Most trails are surfaced with crushed limestone. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail and Cedar Lake Loop Trail are asphalt and concrete and are kept open throughout the year. The crushed limestone trails are not cleared in the winter.

In the winter, asphalt trails will be cleared of snow as soon as possible to maintain transportation routes. Trails will be cleared of weekend snow on the following Monday. 

Trail closures or detours
Trail  Description Location of closure or detour   Anticipated date of reopening 
Cedar Valley Nature Trail Trail repairs and asphalt overlay

Closed between J Avenue NE and McCloud Run Place.  View map

May 8
Cedar Valley Nature Trail Utility Work

Between 8th-11 Ave SE. View map

Closed May 4 for approx 3 weeks
Cedar Valley Nature Trail 16th Avenue SE floodgate  Trail traffic detoured onto 12th Avenue Bridge. View Map  November 2020


  • Area: H Avenue NE from Cedar Lake Loop Trail (west of Shaver Road) to Oakland Road
  • Construction: 2020
  • Improvements: In addition to the trail, the project also includes storm water drainage improvements, bike lanes, and ADA enhancements. The project is anticipated to be completed this construction season.

1st Avenue & CEMAR Trail

  • Area: 28th Street - 31st Street; west side of 31st Street - 34th Street
  • Construction: 2020
  • Improvements: Extension of the CEMAR Trail: New trail will stretch from B Avenue at 29th Street NE, to the Cedar Rapids/Marion City Limits (near the Mount Calvary Cemetery)
  • Pedestrian underpass between 30th Street and 31st Street (view a map
  • More info about the entire project HERE.

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