Parks & Recreation
PARK GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. Playgrounds and restrooms in Newton parks will open on June 1. Practice social distancing and take everyday steps such as washing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes. We encourage the following guidelines for use of the playground equipment:
- Do not use the playground equipment if you or your children are sick.
- Keep your distance (at least six feet) from others who live in your household. Social distancing at the parks and on playground equipment is still a preventive measure that can keep you and your family safe.
- Face masks are encouraged but not required.
- Playground equipment is not disinfected. We encourage you to use hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to keep you and your family healthy.
- Wash your hands after playground use - whether it’s with hand sanitizer or at home using soap & water.
The CDC has more in depth guidance about visiting parks and recreation areas on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html
Newton has five city parks, one municipal golf course, three neighborhood parks, four recreational areas, one swimming pool, and one undeveloped park. You can learn more about the parks, golf course, and recreational areas by clicking here. Parks & Recreation in the City of Newton is managed by two separate divisions, the Parks Operations Division and the Recreation Division.
Newton is also home to an eight-mile hike and bike trail extending from near the intersection of I-80 and Highway 14 to Woodland Park. The trail connects Maytag Park, Newton High School, Aurora Park, Agnes Patterson Park/Newton Arboretum and Woodland Park. A map of the trail system can be found by clicking this link.
Parks Operations Division
The Parks Operations Division of Public Works manages over 300 acres of land in the city. These areas include all parks, recreation facilities, Union Cemetery, and Memorial Park Cemetery. In addition, the division also oversees most of the upkeep and care of streetscape areas.
The Recreation Division of Community Services oversees the recreation activities and events that occur at the parks, golf course, and pool. The activities that the Recreation Division oversees include the Summer Concert Series at Maytag Bowl, golf leagues and tournaments, adult softball league, Fourth of July activities, and much more!