COVID-19 Response Update

The health of our citizens is of critical concern.  It is our overall goal to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
CDC recommendations to protect yourself & others
1. Wash your hands often
2. Stay Home as much as possible
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
4. Cover coughs and sneezes
5. Clean and disinfect

Effective May 29, 2020 1. The Parks and Recreation office will be open to the public with temporary office hours Monday-Thursday from Noon-4:30pm. We ask that you visit the office for critical items only. Office staff will have split shifts so we encourage everyone to continue to contact us by phone (981-9206) or email ( You may also visit our webpage to help answer questions you may have  If you will be visiting our offices we ask everyone to comply with CDC guidance by wearing face masks, physical distancing and limiting visitors in the office space to 2 visitors.
2.All park playground equipment, shelters and skate park are open for public use.
3. At this time park open spaces and trails are open including Elizabeth Holland Park. CDC guidelines must be followed when using these public spaces.
4. Some athletic programming and recreation programming will resume with capacity limits and following strict reopening guidelines.
McAninch Sports Complex will be open June 3rd.
6. Norwalk Aquatic Center is open for public use at a limited capacity. Please visit the Norwalk Aquatic Center page for more information.
All users must adhere to Norwalk Parks and Recreation Facility Policies, Governor Reynold's most recent proclamation and
 CDC guidelines.

We are asking everyone to follow the guidelines from the CDC and Governor Kim Reynolds emergency proclamation regarding staying at home, physical distance of 6 ft., if you are sick or have symptoms stay home, wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow and wear cloth face coverings.
Governor Reynolds proclamations
May 26, 2020
May 20, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 13, 2020
May 6, 2020
April 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
April 16, 2020
April 10, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 26, 2020
March 22, 2020
March 17, 2020
Mayor Phillips proclamations May 29, 2020
May 15, 2020
We will continually monitor the situation with the help of Warren County Health Services, the State of Iowa, the CDC and local emergency services.  An up to date list of postponed and canceled events will be on our website


We will continually monitor the situation with the help of Warren County Health Services and the CDC.  We will post updates to this page about any changes to Parks and Recreation events or services that are necessary to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Human services information is also available through the 211 phone service. Dial 211 from any phone to get curated information and referrals to services. 

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