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Lower City, Terrell Mill Parks Remain Closed

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Recent flooding in Iowa City left its mark on Lower City Park and Terrell Mill Park, which remain closed even though floodwaters have receded. 

Superintendent of Parks Zac Hall said that cleanup is underway and Lower City Park and Terrell Mill Park will reopen Friday, Aug. 1. For the safety of the public, as well as the workers who are assisting in cleanup efforts, it is recommended that individuals avoid the areas around Lower City Park and Terrell Mill Park until both parks have reopened to the public. 

The status of flood clean-up and recovery efforts at both parks are as follows: 

Amusement rides: The City Park amusement rides were dismantled and moved to storage to avoid damage. The rides will be back in operation when Lower City Park reopens. The rides are open every day of the week from noon to 8 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 1. After Sept. 1 the rides are open from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through September, weather permitting. 

Baseball diamonds: Baseball diamonds 4, 5 and 6 will be open and ready for use when Lower City Park reopens. It is anticipated that the remaining ball diamonds will be open by Monday, Aug. 18. 

Riverside Festival Stage: The stage can be reserved for special events beginning Friday, Aug. 1. Call 319-356-5100 for more information. 

Shelters: All City Park shelters affected by the flood will be clean and ready for walk-in use, as well as reservations when Lower City Park reopens. 

Skate park: The skate park will be open and ready for use when Terrell Mill Park reopens.

Tennis courts: Tennis courts will be open and ready for use when Lower City Park reopens.

Trails: The trails at Benton Street and at the entrance to Lower City Park will reopen on Friday, Aug. 1. The trail under Highway 6 is still under water and not open. Care should be exercised on all trails as sudden rainfalls can wash debris onto trails in locations where it has not previously been. 

For more information, contact the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department at 319-356-5100.

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