The City of Dubuque has joined the National Park Trust and communities across the country in proclaiming this Saturday, May 21, as national “Kids to Parks Day.” In celebration, all vehicle entrance fees to Eagle Point Park in Dubuque this Saturday will be waived.

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Other opportunities to celebrate Kids to Parks Day are abundant in the Dubuque area. The City of Dubuque offers 48 parks covering over 1,200 acres and features trails, tennis, picnicking, fishing, skateboarding, pickle-ball, softball and baseball, playgrounds, disc golf, golf, camping, and much more.

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board manages 20 parks, preserves and recreation areas encompassing over 2,673 acres. Additionally, the Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B. Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located on 1,447 acres of wooded and prairie land and are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Steve Fehsal, Park Division Manager for the City of Dubuque says

“The idea is simple — have adults take a child in their life to a park,”.“Hike a trail, play on a playground, have a pickup game of ball, visit a historic site, go canoeing or fishing—do something active outdoors.”

Kids to Parks Day aims to re-connect the next generation with the great outdoors. Youth can, with the help of an adult, visit the National Kids to Parks Day website at www.kidstoparks.org to take a pledge to participate in the day in advance of Kids to Parks Day. The site also offers additional resources for parents and teachers.

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For more information on Dubuque parks, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/parks or call 563-589- 4263.

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