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Some Iowa City parks expected to close daily during deer management operations

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Starting Dec. 1, select city parks will be closed to allow for deer management.

In an effort to reduce deer population, White Buffalo, Inc. has been hired to carry out sharpshooting measures.

The parks will be closed daily from 3 p.m. to dawn.

The closings will run until Sunday, Dec. 22, in the city parks listed below:

• Waterworks Prairie Park, 2875 N. Dubuque St.
• City Park, 200 Park Road
• The Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Road
• Terrell Mill Park, 1209 N. Dubuque St.
• Hickory Hill Park, 800 Conklin St.,1439 Bloomington St., and the intersection of First Ave. and Stuart Court.
• Terry Trueblood Recreation Area (including Sand Lake trail), 579 McCollister Boulevard
• Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St.

Dog Parks:

• Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park Closure, Peninsula Park
• Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park and Peninsula Disc Golf Course, West end of Foster Road

City officials say Rita’s Ranch Dog Park, located at 640 S. Scott Boulevard, will be open during the deer management process. They encourage dog owners to explore this location as an option during the Thornberry closures.


If you have questions regarding dog park access, contact Parks & Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson at 319-356-5104 or email

You may also visit

The city will post signs indicating the above park closures at various points in each park. Parks are normally closed to the public after dark.

To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population Management Program, visit



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