City of Waterloo Recreation Facility Closures

April 16, 2020 

WATERLOO, Iowa – The City of Waterloo is closing its public Golf Courses, Dog Park, and Tennis Courts in conjunction with Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation prohibiting gatherings for social, community, recreational, leisure, or sporting activities, through April 30.

Specifically, South Hills Golf Course, Gates Golf Course, and Irv Warren Golf Course will be closed, along with Pat Bowlsby Memorial Dog Park and the Byrnes Tennis Center.

City of Waterloo Leisure Services Director Paul Huting said the decision is similar to those being made by several other Northeast Iowa communities within Covid-19 Region 6, which has been designated as a level 10 risk area due to increasing numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases. Huting confirmed that Golf courses are being closed in Cedar Rapids and Waverly, with many other area communities working on implementation of similar facility closures.

These additional actions are precautionary during the COVID-19 pandemic. City parks and trails will remain open but playgrounds, ball diamonds, and basketball courts will continue to be closed.   

While Waterloo parks are open for the 2020 season, public restrooms and water fountains will remain turned off and closed until further notice. Residents are welcome to visit parks individually or in small household groups but should practice physical/social distancing of at least six feet, as instructed by the Centers for Disease Control and wash their hands as soon as possible after use. 

Paul Huting, Leisure Services Director, City of Waterloo, Iowa