Fun is about to roll into your neighborhood!
This summer, the Rollin’ Recmobile will take to the streets to bring recreational activities to your neighborhood. While some traditional summer programs have been canceled due to COVID-19, the Rollin’ Recmobile will fill the gap by providing neighborhood activities and fun from June 22 through August 14. The van, loaded to the top with recreation equipment and games, brings staff to lead activities at fourteen different parks, six days of each week. The van also has a WIFI hot spot that you can use during park visits.
Back to School Supply Distribution
Fire Hydrant Water Play
Frequently Asked Questions
Check the schedule weekly for any changes and information about community organizations who may join us. You can get updates sent directly to your phone by signing up for CRNewsNow and selecting the Rollin’ Recmobile category. A second van and route may be available later this summer.
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Redmond Park, 1545 3rd Ave SE
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Jacolyn Park, 198 Jacolyn Dr NW
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Daniels Park, 940 Oakland Rd NE
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Hayes Park, 1924 D St SW
5:00-7:00 p.m. - Cherry Hill Park, 341 Stoney Point Rd NW
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Cleveland Park, 1600 8th Ave SW
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Cedar Valley Park, 2250 Blakely Blvd SE
5:00-7:00 p.m. - Delaney Park, 5150 20th Ave SW
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Time Check Park, 1131 5th St NW
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Greene Square, 400 4th Ave SE
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Bever Park, 2700 Bever Ave SE
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Hidder Park, 1248 10th St SE
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Noelridge Park, 4900 Council St NE
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Jones Park, 201 Wilson Ave Dr SW
The Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with multiple community partners, will distribute school supplies and backpacks at Rollin’ Recmobile park visits the week of August 10. The event will replace the annual Back to School Bash that the Department hosted annually at the McGrath Amphitheatre. Supply kits will be available to the first fifty children at each stop. Backpacks and additional supplies will be available while supplies last.
The project combines several local school related campaigns intended to assist parents in providing supplies for either in-person or home instruction this year. Backpacks are provided through the Return to Learn Backpack campaign sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation. A school supply campaign sponsored by Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee locations, SOKO Outfitters and CBS Channel 2 and Fox 28 will provide school supplies in addition to the kits compiled by the Parks and Recreation Department. Macaroni Kid and the Cedar Rapids Kiwanis are also assisting with the program.
The public can assist by donating new or good, used backpacks and school supplies at any local Hy-Vee location, SOKO Outfitters, Cedar Rapids Golf Course (excluding Jones), and Cedar Rapids Ohward Bank locations before August 3. Backpacks will be disinfected before distribution.
Fire Hydrant Water Play
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will turn on fire hydrants for water play at Rollin’ Recmobile stops at Cherry Hill, Delaney and Bever Parks. These parks were selected because they do not have splash pads. The Fire Department will turn the water on for a period of one to two hours at each stop when the temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and there is no severe weather in the area. Parks and Recreation Department staff will ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed. The schedule is as follows:
Cherry Hill Park - west side of the swimming pool
Tuesday, June 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Remaining Tuesdays through August 11 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Delaney Park - near the water tower
Wednesday, July 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Remaining Wednesdays through August 12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Bever Park - at the pool drive
Fridays, July 3 through August 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Rollin’ Recmobile provides flexibility to offer youth recreation activities while following health guidelines for COVID-19. Programming will follow recommendations from the CDC and Linn County Public Health. Changes in activities will be based on social distancing guidelines.
- Phase I: Come by, pick up some food, use the WIFI, and grab an activity kit to do with your family at home or in the park.
- Phase II: As social distancing requirements ease, we will offer small activities in small groups.
- Phase III: Finally, when safe to do so, we will provide large group recreation activities including sports, playground games, fitness, and visits from organizations in the community.
City of Cedar Rapids
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Cedar Rapids Kiwanis
Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Rollin’ Recmobile do?
Rollin’ Recmobile is a new summer program that brings the fun to you. Our bright van is scheduled to stop at 14 different Cedar Rapids parks each week. Join us for activities to meet new friends and beat summer boredom.
How much does it cost?
Rollin’ Recmobile is free!
Can I only attend the stop in my neighborhood?
You are welcome to attend at any park and time that fits your schedule. You can come as many times a week as you would like, but during Phase I, the activity packet handed out will be the same at all stops.
How were the locations determined?
We have tried to balance the locations between multiple areas of Cedar Rapids and stop at as many of our larger parks as we can. Some locations were chosen due to the number of children who have limited access to transportation to other neighborhoods.
What happens if the weather is bad?
If there are storms in the area or tornado watches, we will postpone or cancel the stop until the storm has passed. Get notifications of those changes on CRNewsNow. If a storm comes up quickly, we will send children home. Please make sure your child knows what to do in the event that this happens.
Will the schedule ever change?
We plan to follow a consistent schedule that is easy to remember. However, we may occasionally have to make adjustments. Sign up for CRNewsNow to receive changes
Is the van available to be rented for parties?
The van is only used for public programs through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Where can I find the schedule?
A link to the schedule will be sent out weekly through CRNewsNow. We will also send updates on programs and guests who may be at a park visit with us.