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 April 6, 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 ( and all registrations are available online 
2.All park playground equipment, shelters and skate park are closed until further notice. 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.All athletic programming, recreation programming, shelter rentals and McAninch Sports Complex rentals and use are postponed until further notice. The sports complex is closed 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 staying at home, keeping a social 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

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

As of April 6, 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 (April) Bike Safety Day (May 2) Flashlight East Egg Hunt Live Healthy Iowa Track Meet YEL programming - Junior Robotics & Grandmasters of Chess Postponed until further notice: Youth sports programs - soccer NPD Citizen Police Academy Earth Day Trash Bash Mommy & Me dance Senior exercise classes (these will be offered online Closed until further notice: All City of Norwalk office buildings are closed to the public but staff are available by phone or email. All park playground equipment Shelter rentals McAninch Sports Complex Skate Park

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: 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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