The current Community Center was built in 2007 and opened in April of 2008. It was funded with the support of the community through a bond referendum.
The mission of the center is to provide a beautiful and well-equipped event and meeting place at affordable rates.
It is located on the main floor of the Hiawatha City Hall at 101 Emmons St. It is at the corner of Emmons St. and Center Point Rd. The Center is handicap accessible and features large, clean restrooms and a service kitchen. Get directions to the Community Center
Guthridge Park is located at 704 Emmons Street, between 7th Ave and 10th Ave, across from the Hiawatha Elementary School. Get directions to Guthridge Park
This pavilion has a capacity of 80, with a charcoal grill and easy access to restroom facilities. Close proximity to the playground equipment and splashpad.
This pavilion has a capacity of 80, with two charcoal grills and a handicap ramp. Close proximity to the playround, splashpad and restrooms.
This pavilion has a capacity of 50, with a charcoal grill and attached restroom facilities. Green pavilion rental includes use of the Learning Center/Outdoor Classroom with open bench seating - Capacity 70. Close proximity to the playground equipment and splashpad.
Tucker Park is located at 101 B Avenue. Get directions to Tucker Park.
This pavilion has a capacity of 65, with a charcoal grill and easy access to restroom facilities. Close proximity to the playground equipment and splashpad.
This pavilion has a capacity of 50, with a charcoal grill and attached restroom facilities. Close proximity to the playground equipment and splashpad.
Fay M Clark Memorial Park is located at 1200 N 18th Ave, located at the end of N 18th Ave. Get directions to Clark Park.
This pavilion has a capacity of 80, with a charcoal grill and attached restroom facilities. Close proximity to the playground equipment, walking trail and 18-hole disc golf course.
Resident Park Pavilion Times and Fees:
Rental Fee: $35.00 per time slot or $70.00 for the entire day.
Non-Resident Park Pavilion Times and Fees:
Rental Fee: $45.00 per time slot or $90.00 for the entire day.
Large Group Rental rates apply to rentals that exceed pavilion capacity and are under 300 people in attendance. Call for rates.
Rentals with over 300 in attendance per pavilion rental are not allowed.
Reserve pavilions or the Community Center through our online system
** In rentals that acquire the use of the entire park, renters will be subject to provide a refundable $1,000.00 damage deposit at the time of reservation. **
You will be allowed to change your rental date one time. No rental date change will be issued with less than 48 hours advance notice. Calls to change the rental dates need to be made during business hours.
Leave shelter and surrounding areas clean.
Picnic tables are chained together and cannot be moved.
Be prepared to carry out your trash to avoid overflow.
Pavilions have a 15amp breaker for electricity use = to 4 crock pots or 2 roasters. Over use may cause electrical fuse to blow.
For emergency purposes only contact the Hiawatha Police Department (319) 393-1212.
Motorized vehicles are restricted to established roadways and parking areas.
All pets must be on leash and all droppings must be immediately cleaned up and disposed of in a proper manner.
Hitting golf balls and the use of any dangerous instruments such as firearms, B.B. guns, and bows and arrows are prohibited.
Alcoholic beverage use restrictions: no person shall bring, use, consume, or have in his or her possession, in a city park, beer in a keg or any other container larger than one quart, except beer permit holders and suppliers or vendors authorized by the City Council. No person shall bring, use, or consume beer in or within any playing area, fields, or courts. All other types of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in city parks.
Deposit litter in receptacles.
Fires restricted to grills.
Inflatable’s subject to application approval by the Parks and Recreation Department. View the Application here.
You must be 21 years of age or older to rent the Community Center. There must be a responsible adult age 21 or over in charge of the event and present at all times during the rental period for activities involving minors.
The Community Center rental time for weekdays is from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 pm and weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 11:00 p.m. It is against community center rules to enter the community center before your rental time or to stay later than your rental time. Being in the community center outside your rental time can result in loss of your damage deposit.
A $50.00 cancellation fee will be withheld from all cancellations. No refund will be issued if cancellation occurs with less than 72 hours advance notice. You will be allowed to change your rental date one time if the date is available. If you have to change it more than once a $25.00 fee will be charged.
The lobby of City Hall is not part of the rental area. No one should be using the lobby or using the city hall doors for entrance or exit. Only the community center entrance should be used.
Each group is responsible for orderly conduct and must leave the Community Center in the same order as it was before their use. Renter is responsible for sweeping, mopping, cleaning the kitchen, and emptying garbage into the garbage chute before leaving the Community Center (see Clean Up Checklist). The Community Center belongs to the Community. You will be expected to return it in the same condition that you find it prior to your rental.
Community Center Rental Agreement and Hold Harmless/Indemnification Agreement forms must be completed and rental fee paid before a reservation is considered valid. Use of the Center by any one group/person will be limited to once a month. Recurrent monthly rentals by one group/person will be restricted to Monday through Thursday. (Resolution #93-40).
Any damages done to the building, including any plumbing problems arising from your use of the building, will result in loss of your deposit.
The City of Hiawatha’s noise ordinance will be enforced by the police department.
No alcoholic beverages will be allowed except when a Hold Harmless/Indemnification Agreement is signed by the user and proof of insurance is provided as required (declaration page of homeowners or renters insurance policy) by said Agreement. Beer and wine are the only alcoholic liquors allowed without a State of Iowa Liquor License. (Iowa Code §123.95)
The Community Center may not be used for sectarian or religious worship. (Resolution #86-164)
Animals are prohibited from the inside premises of the Community Center with the exception of guide dogs or Seeing Eye dogs. (Resolution #87-136)
Do not take anything belonging to the Community Center. Inventory will be taken and the responsible individual will be charged for missing items. Equipment belonging to the City will not be loaned out of the building.
The Community Center is NOT responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal items during your rental period.
Concert rentals after 5:00 p.m. will have a City of Hiawatha Police Officer present at the expense of the renter for a rate of $65.00 per hour in cash. (Resolution #14-083)
If the deposit is withheld because of the renter’s maliciousness or negligence the renter is barred from renting the Community Center again. (Resolution #02-85)
No propane tanks are allowed inside the Community Center including those used for gas grills.
No decorations are allowed on the Community Center walls. Decorations may be placed on tables but must leave no marks or residue when removed. Confetti, glitter and candles are not allowed.
No decorations or lights may be hung from the ceiling.