City of Iowa City – Parks & Recreation’s Venues
Ned Ashton House – 820 Park Rd. Iowa City, IA 52246
The Ned Ashton House was built in 1947 by Edward L. “Ned” Ashton as a private residence. Ashton, who has been called “the most distinguished bridge engineer in the history of Iowa,” was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Iowa from 1943 to 1957. He designed several bridges over the Mississippi River, as well as smaller bridges, such as the Benton Street Bridge, and was a pioneer in the design of welded plate girder bridges. The Ashton House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 26, 2001. In October 2011, the City of Iowa City purchased the home through the CDBG Acquisition Program.
Terry Trueblood Lodge – 579 McCollister Blvd. Iowa City, IA 52240
The Park Lodge is located at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, one of the City’s park and recreation complexes. The lodge is a 5,870 square foot year-round venue that seats up to 150 occupants. Amenities include tables and chairs, kitchen with stove, refrigerator, freezer and microwave, a gas fireplace and a patio overlooking the lake.
Riverside Festival Stage – 200 E. Park Rd. Iowa City, IA 52242
Perhaps the City’s most unique facility, the Riverside Festival Stage, is located in Lower City Park. It is a 472-seat outdoor theatre, which is modeled after the famous Globe Theatre in London. The facility was the brainchild of Riverside Theatre, ultimately endorsed by both the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council. The Riverside Festival Stage is a Shakespearean-style, outdoor theatre facility complete with a stage, two dressing rooms and concession stand. The Riverside Festival Stage is available to rent for any appropriate purpose, from weddings to concerts.