It may not feel like Summer just yet, but here's another sign that summer is on it's way. City of Dubuque parks will fully open for the season this Saturday, May 7. 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.

The City of Dubuque offers 48 parks covering over 1,200 acres, and features trails, camping, disc golf, pickle-ball, fishing, in-line hockey, picnicking, playgrounds, tennis, trails, skateboarding, softball and baseball, playgrounds, and more. A listing and map of Dubuque’s parks is available at
www.cityofdubuque.org/parks.

To ensure an enjoyable park experience for all, the City of Dubuque Parks Division offers some reminders about its parks, pavilion rentals, and pet policies:

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

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 in the Bee Branch Creek Greenway and at Bergfeld Recreation Area. Reservations may be arranged by calling the Leisure Services Department at 563-589-4263 or online at www.cityofdubuque.org/parks. Reservations may be made 11 months in advance and payment is required at the time the reservation is made.

Pets in City Parks/Trails
Per City ordinance, leashed dogs and cats are allowed in most Dubuque parks. Dogs are allowed off leash in the Pet Park on North Grandview Avenue, which is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 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, but not limited to, courts, fields, rinks, arenas, and skate parks, and
  • 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.

For further information about City parks, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/parks or call 563-589-4263.

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