City of Ely

Ely is a progressive community located in the thriving Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. We have a diverse cultural and ethnic background. We have been welcoming new citizens to our neighborhoods in record numbers. Our city has undergone tremendous growth over the last ten years. Even with the influx of new residents, the community has not forgotten its past. Many of the historical buildings from our past are still standing in our historic business district.

We invite you to visit Ely soon, and experience our historic and forward thinking community.

Ely has four city parks:
Community Center Park along Rowley Street next to City Hall. Ely’s oldest park offers half-court basketball, tennis court, children’s playground and open area for you to enjoy. This park is home to the Ely Farmers Market (Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. & Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) from May to October and many Fall Fest activities.

Ely City Park at north end of Hillcrest Street. This park is a “work in progress” offering several acres of open area, a pond and even a parking lot for your convenience, with a ball diamond in construction. Many events for Ely Fall Fest are held here, most notably Ely’s famous Kickball Tournament.  This park is great to enjoy open air, play some ball or just wandering about.

Schulte Park at 1310 Banner Valley Road. In Southbrook Addition this park offers the George Reyhons Pavilion equipped with picnic tables, counter space, grill for charcoal cooking, electricity, lighting, restroom, a fantastic children’s playground and open space for games or parking.  Pavilion may be rented for $10.00 per day through City Hall. Call 848-4103 for more details and reservations.

Vavra Park.  Nestled quietly off the west side of Vavra Drive, picnic tables, half-court basketball, and children’s playground are offered at this quiet, streamside location.  Vavra Park is also home to Ely’s burgeoning skate park with ramps, rail and a bench for perfecting your tricks!