The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will conduct controlled prairie burns at select City parks over the next month, with one expected to begin on Thursday, April 1, 2021, depending on wind direction and weather conditions.

The park scheduled for a controlled burn on Thursday is:

  • Hickory Hill Park, 1439 Bloomington Street

Due to the highly unpredictable nature of weather, wind, and ground conditions, there are no guaranteed dates for controlled burns for any of the parks. Burns typically occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Parks slated for prairie burns within the month are:

  • Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, 4400 Soccer Park Road
  • Sand Prairie Park, 1150 Covered Wagon Drive
  • Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 579 McCollister Boulevard
  • Waterworks Prairie Park, 2875 N. Dubuque Street

A comprehensive burn plan was prepared and approved by the Iowa City Fire Department, and considerations will be made for wind direction and required weather conditions. Privately-owned land areas and structures will be protected, and fire breaks will be established along all sides of the burn area.

Seasonal burning of native vegetation in Iowa promotes species diversity, habitat and suppression of invasive species. Controlled burning is an established and powerful conservation management tool that, when utilized by professionals under strictly defined parameters, can be safely used for great benefit to natural areas.

For more information contact Parks and Recreation Director, Juli Seydell Johnson, at 319-356-5104.

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 30, 2021