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A Message from Hashim Taylor, Parks & Recreation Director

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation's winter-spring program registration is underway. Thank you for connecting with our recreation guide, Play CR, Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation’s go-to source for all things recreation! This season’s guide is filled with classic programs, beloved by past participants, and new activities that will allow you to explore new experiences.
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The season of frosty air and early dusks is a time for reflection and new perspectives. We are challenged to find the beauty in nature’s stillness. While the landscapes of our parks slip into dormancy, our parks and facilities stay open and we continue to offer a warmth of experiences. Consider the rejuvenating power of recreation as fuel for your winter season and chart a course with us towards the brightness of spring.

Opportunities for connecting with nature are endless in Cedar Rapids – from small neighborhood parks to large signature parks. Take time to visit the new Hughes Park, if you haven’t yet. This nature-based park is a first-of-its-kind in our system. Step outside and discover something new. Walk along the Cedar River at Manhattan Park, meander the historic grounds of Ushers Ferry, or photograph bald eagles in flight at Prairie Park Fishery.

In addition to nearly 100 parks and facilities, a wide variety of activities are sure to spark your interest. Our passionate staff have planned an abundance of new individual and family programs. Sign your school-aged children up for one of our many Winter Break or Spring Break offerings. There’s fun for families at Movie Night at the Lodge and Santa’s Workshop. Sports teams, swimming lessons, and rental opportunities are offered throughout the season to meet the needs of all participants.

I am grateful for your support as a trusted provider for your recreation needs. Our staff is committed to ensuring you have an exceptional experience at every turn. Please don’t hesitate to let us know via parksdirector@cedar-rapids.org if there is something fantastic you have experienced, or if you need help finding the right recreational opportunity.

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