City event and rental facilities:

Click on each facility name for contact, description and amenity information. 





The Environmental Education Center at the East Side Recycling Center

The Environmental Education Center at East Side Recycling Center

2401 Scott Blvd. 
Contact: Jennifer Jordan

The Environmental Education Center was built in 2011 and is also home to the Friends of Historic Preservation’s Salvage Barn, the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, ReStore and Furniture Project and a comprehensive recycling drop-off area. The Environmental Education Center is certified as a LEED® Platinum facility, showcasing waste reduction and recycling, stormwater management techniques, energy reduction and renewable energy and green building practices.

The Environmental Education Center is a 1,250 square foot all-season event venue. The location is the perfect size for a meeting, company gathering, family reunion or other function. The venue can accommodate around 50 guests at tables or classroom style seating, or up to 75 in an informal reception setting. Sixteen 6’x2’ rectangular tables and 50 chairs are provided. The upper outdoor patio is 700 square feet and the lower patio seating area is 400 square feet.

The site includes a 1/3 acre stormwater bio-cell system planted with native Iowa flowers, grasses and shrubs. Signage is provided to educate guests about various stormwater management practices, alternative energy and other site features. Guests are invited to explore the plantings but must stay on the grass and designated walkways.

For more information or to check availability, please see the rental contract and contact Jennifer Jordan to reserve the education center.

Ned Ashton House Ned Ashton House

820 Park Road
Contact: Wittsle Paisley

The Ned Ashton House was built in 1947 by Edward L. “Ned” Ashton as a private residence. Ashton, who has been called “the most distinguished bridge engineer in the history of Iowa,” was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Iowa from 1943 to 1957. He designed several bridges over the Mississippi River, as well as smaller bridges, such as the Benton Street Bridge, and was a pioneer in the design of welded plate girder bridges.

The Ashton House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 26, 2001. In October 2011, the City of Iowa City purchased the home through the CDBG Acquisition Program. As part of the requirements for purchasing this home, the City agreed to develop a plan that would preserve the historic nature of the home and help protect it from future flooding. The Ashton House accommodates up to 100 people for meetings, reunions, parties, weddings and receptions.

The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

579 McCollister Blvd.
Contact: Wittsle Paisley

The Park Lodge is located at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, one of the City’s park and recreation complexes. The lodge is a 5,870 square foot year-round venue that seats up to 150 occupants. Amenities include tables and chairs, kitchen with stove, refrigerator, freezer and microwave, a gas fireplace and a patio overlooking the lake. It is possible to reserve one half of the facility by dividing the room into sections that will accommodate 75 occupants each. Each of the sections is 1,390 square feet.

The facility is available for rentals daily from 7 a.m. to midnight. The applicant, guests and all staff (including catering staff) must exit the building and park by midnight. Overnight rentals are not permitted.

Reservations are taken year-round. Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance, with the exception of weddings/receptions which may be made up to 24 months in advance. Full deposit is due at the time of the reservation with the rental fee being due no less than 60 days prior to your event date.

Riverside Festival StageRiverside Festival Stage

Lower City Park
Contact: Wittsle Paisley

Perhaps the City’s most unique facility, the Riverside Festival Stage, is located in Lower City Park. It is a 472-seat outdoor theatre, which is modeled after the famous Globe Theatre in London. The facility was the brainchild of Riverside Theatre, ultimately endorsed by both the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council. The Riverside Festival Stage is a Shakespearean-style, outdoor theatre facility complete with a stage, two dressing rooms and concession stand. The Riverside Festival Stage is available to rent for any appropriate purpose, from weddings to concerts.

The stage is available April 15 through Oct. 15 each year and can be reserved between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The rental fee is $75 per hour for the stage and two dressing rooms; or $100 per hour for the stage, dressing rooms and concession stand. A refundable deposit is also required; $250 if no alcohol will be served or $500 if alcohol will be served.

To reserve the facility, complete the application for use of the Riverside Festival Stage and either fax to 319-356-5487 or scan and email to