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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 River 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. The department also marks and grooms cross-country ski trails at Cherry Hill Park, Ellis Park Golf Course, Jones Park Golf Course, Twin Pines Golf Course and the Sac and Fox Trail.

Trail closures or detours
Trail  Description Location of closure or detour   Anticipated date of reopening 
Sac & Fox Closed for culvert replacement and flood mitigation maintenance. Wilder Drive SE to Sun Valley Park  mid October 
Cedar River Trail PARKING LOT  Parking lot closure due to neighboring construction. Trail remains open.  Parking lot south of McCloud Pl NE is closed Spring 2018



  • Completed: Phase 2: 20th Street to 29th Street
  • Upcoming/Ongoing: Phase 1: runs the perimeter of the Mount Mercy University Athletic Complex, F Avenue NE, 16th Street NE, and H Avenue NE. 

Phase 1 will include:

  • Phase 1B: 12 foot trail along the south side of Daniels Park, a 10 foot trail along the easterly side of Daniels Park, and bicycle racks in the vicinity of the baseball field parking lot and the splash pads.
  • Phase 1D: 12 foot trail along the north side of F Avenue from 16th Street to 17th Street, the southerly perimeter of the Mount Mercy Athletic complex, and to the north of the Franklin Middle School running track. 
  • Improvements are being coordinated with the construction of Mount Mercy’s Athletic Complex. Construction is anticipated to start fall 2016 and be completed spring 2017. 

A new multi-use pathway will be underway this summer on the east side of Edgewood Road NW. When complete, a trail connection will exist between O Avenue NW and Ellis Rd, tying into the existing Ellis Park Trail.

  • 2017 will include much of the prep work for the project, including grading and storm sewer.
  • 2018 will begin on the paving as well as new traffic signals at the O Ave and Ellis Rd intersection.
  • The 10’ wide trail will also incorporate sidewalk and ADA improvements for trail access.

Related Links

Linn Area Mountain Bike Association (LAMBA)
Linn County Trails
Trails Master Plan

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