The City Park amusement rides will open for the 65th Anniversary season on Saturday, May 27, 2017. To celebrate this important anniversary, Iowa City Parks and Recreation is hosting several special events throughout the summer.


5/29/2017- Memorial Day
Jump into summer fun. Buy a 10-ride pass and get two rides at no additional cost.

6/21/2017- First Day of Summer
Go for a City Park amusement ride and get a free Iowa City Parks and Recreation color-changing cup – while supplies last.  

7/4/2017- Fourth of July
Free amusement park rides all day.

7/21/2017 – Old Fashioned Carnival
From 5-7 p.m., play carnival games and enjoy old fashioned snow cones and hot dogs – served at the end of the evening. All participants will receive one free ride on the historic City Park rides.

8/14 through 8/18/2017- Lazy Dayz of Summer
Swim at City Park pool from Aug. 14-18 and enjoy one free ride. Remember to pick up a ride card at the pool before you leave. Ride coupons are only valid during the week of the promotion, and are valid for one ride per person.

The regular season schedule is as follows:

  • Park rides are open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
  • After Aug. 20, rides are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends only through Sunday, September 24. 

Cost is $1 per ride or $8 for a 10-ride punch card. 

To learn more about the history of the City Park Rides, view our brochure at

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll at 319-356-5100 or

Date of publication

Wednesday, May 24, 2017