Parks & Forestry

COVID-19 Updates

As you are aware, the impacts of COVID-19 are ever-changing. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has been communicating regularly with state and local health officials in order to track the situation and develop response plans. All measures made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep the users of the City's parks as safe as possible during this pandemic. For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at

About Parks & Forestry

The Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the care and maintenance of all City-owned trees located in parks, easements, and City rights-of-way. Other duties include snow plowing in the winter and other miscellaneous duties to assist in the maintenance of public green space.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation staff are committed to the health and well-being of Iowa City residents. As such, minimal vegetation control chemicals are used throughout the 1,800 acres of managed parks and natural areas. Turf areas and open green spaces are not routinely sprayed to control undesirable vegetation. Mechanical techniques (hand weeding, mowing/trimming, over-seeding, and mulching) and landscape design techniques (such as prairie-style and new perennial design) are used to reduce the need for vegetation control chemical use. Only after mechanical means have been considered will vegetation control chemicals be used to manage noxious weeds, vegetation that poses a safety risk, and invasive species. Special care will be taken to ensure the protection of park users including temporarily closing active use areas when chemicals are used.

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Questions? Please contact us at or 319-356-5100


2275 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
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