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On Saturday, May 20, all vehicle entrance/admission fees to Eagle Point Park will be waived.The City of Dubuque has joined the National Park Trust and communities across the country in proclaiming Saturday, May 20, 2017, as the seventh annual national “Kids to Parks Day.”

Opportunities to celebrate Kids to Parks Day are numerous in the Dubuque area.  The City of Dubuque offers 50 parks covering 1,209 acres and features trails, tennis, picnicking, fishing, skateboarding, in-line hockey, softball and baseball, playgrounds, disc golf, golf, camping, and much more.  The Dubuque County Conservation Board manages 16 parks, preserves and recreation areas encompassing over 2,293 acres.  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.

“The premise is simple — have adults take a child in their life to a park,” said Marie Ware, Leisure Services Manager for the City of Dubuque.  “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.”

Youngsters can, with the help of an adult, visit the National Kids to Parks Day website at www.kidstoparks.org to take a pledge in advance of Kids to Parks Day.  The site also offers additional resources for parents and teachers.

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

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