Parks and Recreation

Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department

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

Phone: 319-286-5566, option 1
Fax: 319-538-0020
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

319-286-5566, option 3
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  Location of closure or detour  
Cedar Lake Trail Northern Portion of Lake. Link to detour.


1st Avenue & CeMar Trail (27th Street - 34th Street)

Construction: 2020-2021
  • Traffic Impacts: Lane reductions will be in effect, with temporary side street closures.
  • Improvements: Pavement reconstruction, utilities, pedestrian underpass at the CeMar trail, sidewalk, driveways, streetscaping, traffic signal upgrades, realignment of 27th Street intersection.
  • Last year, significant progress was made on the pedestrian underpass between 29th Street and 32nd Street. Crews removed the old railroad bridge, constructed temporary travel lanes, and worked on underground utilities throughout the winter. Work has resumed on the construction of the new pedestrian underpass, as well as utility and pedestrian improvements, which will be completed during the 2021 construction season. The work this year will also include realigning the 27th Street intersection to improve sight visibility and reduce crashes. 

2021 Construction at a Glance

  • Segment: 27th Street - 28th Street; east side of 31st Street - 34th Street
  • Completion of pedestrian underpass
  • 27th Street intersection realignment to improve sight visibility and reduce crashes
  • Modifying on-street parallel parking at 3200 block:  including on-street ADA parking spaces, functional 6’ sidewalk, street trees, brick pavers, and paved area 
Pedestrian Safety Enhancements
  • New pedestrian-friendly traffic signals at 27th Street, 29th Street, and 32nd Street
  • Sidewalk repairs and ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps at all intersections. The completion of the ADA-compliant pedestrian path under 1st Avenue, with continuous LED lighting
Construction updates: Read construction newsletters
CeMar Trail Connection: View a map


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