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.  Actions may appear extreme although decisions are based upon information and advice from the CDC, State of Iowa, Warren County Health Services and local emergency services.  We won’t know if we’ve gone too far until later we learn that we didn’t go far enough.


Effective March 22, 2020 1.All City Buildings including the Parks and Recreation offices are closed to the public until further notice. We will be available by phone (981-9206) or email (parksandrec@norwalk.iowa.gov) and all registrations are available online www.norwalkparks.org. 
2.All park playground equipment and shelters are closed.  Everyone must strictly follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing, 6 ft. distance, to help slow the spread of this dangerous virus. 3.At this time ALL trails are open including Elizabeth Holland Park.  CDC guidelines for social distancing, 6 ft. distance, should be strictly followed. 4.All athletic programming, recreation programming, shelter rentals and McAninch Sports Complex rentals are postponed until further notice. 5.All tournaments scheduled for the McAninch Sports Complex will be canceled at this time until further notice.

We are asking everyone to follow the guidelines from the CDC and Governor Kim Reynolds emergency proclamation regarding social distancing and social gatherings. 


We will continually monitor the situation with the help of Warren County Health Services and the CDC.  An up to date list of postponed and canceled events will be on our website www.norwalkparks.org

As of March 17, 2020 Cancellations: Babysitting Clinic Early Bird exercise class (current session) Circuit/Bootcamp exercise class (current session) Adult pick up Basketball Adult coding class Adaptive Programming: Basketball (Courage Leauge) Family Bingo Bike Safety Day Flashlight East Egg Hunt Live Healthy Iowa Track Meet YEL programming - Junior Robotics & Grandmasters of Chess Postponed until further notice: All park playground equipment use Shelter rentals McAninch Sports Complex rental use Youth sports programs - soccer NPD Citizen Police Academy Earth Day Trash Bash Mommy & Me dance Senior exercise classes

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. Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. To see how this affects residents and businesses, follow this link: https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-issues-a-state-of-public-health-disaster-emergency 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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