All City parks which were closed from 3 p.m. to dawn will be reopened to their normal hours on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, after initial deer management operations were conducted for the last three weeks. 

In order to reduce the deer population, White Buffalo, Inc. was hired to strategically and professionally carry out sharpshooting measures. A selection of parks were closed from 3 p.m. to dawn those three weeks to allow sharpshooting.

Since their operations have concluded for the calendar year, the below parks will be open for their normal hours starting Monday:

  • Thornberry Off Leash Dog Park and Peninsula Disc Golf Course, West end of Foster Road
  • Waterworks Prairie Park, 2875 N. Dubuque St. 
  • City Park, 200 Park Road
  • The Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Road
  • Terrell Mill Park, 1209 N. Dubuque St. 
  • Hickory Hill Park, 800 Conklin St., 1439 Bloomington St, and the intersection of First Ave. and Stuart Court.
  • Terry Trueblood Recreation Area (including Sand Lake trail), 579 McCollister Boulevard
  • Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St.

Another round of professional sharpshooting will be conducted in late February. Additional information, including exact dates, locations, and times, will be released when finalized. 

To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population Management Program, visit

Date of publication

Friday, December 20, 2019