Park Bench Newsletter- February 2018

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Presidents Day Hours:

Sunday, Feb. 19

Buildings and pools will be open regular hours. Administrative offices will be closed.

Upcoming Events:

Freeze Fest

Saturday, Feb. 10
1-3 p.m.
Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Don't miss Iowa City Parks and Recreation's Annual Freeze Fest, an outdoor learning program for families. Activities include educational activities, crafts, recreation and plenty of hot chocolate! There is no fee to participate in this event. Weather permitting, there will be ice fishing, so dress for the weather.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

Freeze Fest

Free Energy Audits

Want to make sure your house is sustainable? Want to save money on your utility bills? Green Iowa Americorps can help! Green Iowa Americorps (GIA) is a community service program dedicated to helping homeowners in Iowa City increase their energy efficiency through free home energy audits. During an audit, GIA will measure the level of air infiltration in your home and perform basic weatherization, if necessary, to reduce leakage. The members will also check your insulation, gas lines, water heater, aerators, and more, to make sure everything is energy efficient, running safely, and in top condition. 

Interested in an energy audit? Call Rebecca, Megan, Whitney, Laura or Clare at 319-339-5399 or email to schedule a free energy audit today.

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Robert A. Lee Recreation Center gets a facelift

New fitness equipment at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

In January, ICPR rapped up a 3-month renovation project at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center that icluded improvements to offices, the main stairwell and the bathrooms at the base of the stairs. Additionally, new cardio equipment was added to the fitness room and an unveiling was held for the new mural in the upstairs lobby, which is based around the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Stop by the Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert St. to see all the improvements! 

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

Keep your child busy and educationally engaged over spring break. Enrollment in ICPR's "Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead" camp opens Thursday, Feb. 22. Participants will spend their mornings designing, building, and testing simple to complex machines. Afternoons will be filled with games, field trips and swimming!  The camp runs 9 a.m.-4 pm., March 12-16 with free supervised play available from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. Participants can sign up for one day or many.

Full details and registration forms will be available the week of Feb. 12. Registration opens Feb. 22.

For more info visit,

Happy Hollow Park Public Meeting

Proposed Happy Hollow shelter design

A second construction bid process has yielded a price tag well outside the current budget for the proposed Happy Hollow Park Redesign project. ICPR needs your input to help inform which portions of the plan to omit and which to keep. Please come share your thoughts at a public meeting from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.

Need a speaker for your group?

Juli Seydell Johnson

We would like to spread the word about a number of Parks and Recreation projects and initiatives. If you need a speaker for your community group or organization, contact Juli at