It’s time to play! The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission and Staff invite you to a special ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Mercer Park Playground -- the City’s newest and largest play area, which is now open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 with remarks from City Council member John Thomas, and Iowa City Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson, followed by the ribbon-cutting. Lemonade and popcorn will be provided and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We’re thrilled to debut this beautiful play structure at Mercer Park,” said Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson. “It will be a wonderful asset for the community for many years to come.”

The new play structure boasts several unique features including a sensory play center, net climbing course, a large tower with enclosed slide, and equipment for younger children, ages 2-to-5. Additionally, the playground, created by Landscape Structures Inc., is all-inclusive meaning it’s designed to allow access for children and their families to play together regardless of their abilities.

For those nostalgic for the old Mercer playground, there is something for you too. Iowa City Parks and Recreation received a $2,000 donation from the Iowa City Optimist Club to refurbish the old fire engine play structure, which will remain in its original location near the new playground.

Date of publication

Thursday, May 05, 2016