According to a press release from City of Dubuque, parks will fully open for the season this Saturday, May 6th. Park restrooms, water fountains, and other amenities will be available for use at that time with the exception of amenities located at Miller Riverview Park and Campground, which will open at a later date to be determined when river levels allow.

Credit: City of Dubuque Green Areas are all available parks and rec areas in our local community.
Credit: City of Dubuque
Green Areas are all the available parks and rec areas in our local community.

The City of Dubuque offers 48 parks with access to trails, camping, disc golf, pickleball, fishing, in-line hockey, picnicking, playgrounds, tennis, trails, skateboarding, softball and baseball, playgrounds, and more. A listing and map of Dubuque’s parks are available here. The City of Dubuque Parks Division has also offered some reminders about its parks, pavilion rentals, and pet policies to ensure an enjoyable park experience for all.

Park Hours:

Hours of operation vary from park to park. Most City parks open to the public at 7am and close at 10pm daily. The Mississippi Riverwalk, and the Alliant Energy Amphitheater and American Trust River’s Edge Plaza along the riverwalk, are open for public use 24 hours per day.

Credit: City of Dubuque
Credit: City of Dubuque

Pavilion Rental:

Pavilions are available to rent in Eagle Point Park, Flora Park, Miller Riverview Park, Murphy Park, and the Port of Dubuque. The Washington Park Gazebo may also be rented, as well as spaces at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway and Bergfeld Recreation Area. Reservations may be arranged by calling the Leisure Services Department at 563-589-4263 and online here. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance and payment is required at the time of reservation.

Credit: Hemera Technologies
Credit: Hemera Technologies

Pets in City Parks/Trails:

The Dubuque City ordinance allows leashed dogs and cats in most Dubuque parks. Dogs are allowed off leash in the Pet Park on North Grandview Avenue, which is open from 8am to 8pm daily.

Dogs and cats are NOT allowed in the following areas:

  • Buildings or facilities within parks which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Bunker Hill Golf Course
  • Eagle Point Park
  • Flora Park Swimming Pool
  • Marshall Park and Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • Murphy Park
  • Nicholas J. Sutton Swimming Pool
  • Veterans Memorial Plaza within the Gerald “Red” McAleece Park and Recreation Complex
  • Fenced-in sporting areas, including, courts, fields, rinks, arenas, and skate parks
  • on playground and recreational areas designed for use by children

Those exceptions do not apply to service animals used by persons with disabilities, animals present as part of an approved and permitted special event, and animals confined to a vehicle during the entirety of their time within Marshall Park and Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Eagle Point Park, and Murphy Park. Pet owners/keepers are responsible for their pets’ actions and must pick up and dispose of or take away their pets’ waste.

No dog poop allowed
Credit: bruno1998

As always the City of Dubuque is looking to provide all people with a safe and enjoyable experience in our cities parks, recreation areas, and public walk ways. Respect each other, the laws, and, most importantly, enjoy yourself.

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