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Masks required in city’s buildings

The City of North Liberty now requires masks in its public, indoor spaces. These spaces include the Community Center, City Hall and Council Chambers. This requirement will be in effect while Johnson County sees substantial and high levels of community coronavirus transmission.

This policy, in line with public health guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johnson County Public Health, is targeted to help protect the community from the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, which is responsible for increasing hospitalizations, including among children.

While the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant is concerning, vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness and help protect others who are vulnerable to the disease. The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from COVID-19 is to get a free vaccination, available for those 12 and older at local pharmacies and hospitals. Visit to find a site for a free, safe and effective vaccination convenient for you.

The city’s approach to its public health policies are a dial, not a switch, as we provide targeted mitigation in line with guidance from our public health partners. As guidance and conditions change, we will update our policies.

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Red Fern Dog Park

The Red Fern Dog Park is located at 980 North Liberty Road. It is a 5.1-acre park with three sections: two open to all dogs and one reserved for small dogs only. The dog park features a 20-stall parking lot, interior trails, and two park shelters. Future plans include adding agility equipment, park benches, and a donor recognition area. Please contact the Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee at [email protected] with questions about how you can contribute. Download the brochure here.

By passing through the gates into the park yards, you agree to abide by the park, yard, human, and dog rules outlined below, posted at the Red Fern Dog Park, and found in the printable Red Fern Dog Park Map, Rules & Etiquette document. Violations and reported incidents will impact your ability to purchase a future pass.

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North Liberty resident?Spayed or neuteredAnnual pass feeAnnual pet licensing feeTotal cost
YesYes$30 (prorated)$2$32 (prorated)
No$30 (prorated)$25$55 (prorated)
NoNA$34 (prorated)Contact your municipality for more information$34 (prorated)

Questions about the membership/licensing forms or the dog park should be communicated to the city by emailing [email protected] or by leaving a voicemail message at 319-626-5722.




The following items are strictly prohibited from Dog Park property:

  •  Alcohol possession or use
  • Cigarette or smokeless tobacco use
  • Wheeled devices, except wheelchairs and strollers
  • Large personal items on the ground, like duffle bags or chairs, which pose a tripping hazard
  • Human food, except non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dog food, except small training treats
  • Glass containers
  • Pronged, pinch, or choke collars
  • Electronic training devices.

Other Park Rules:

  • Dog Park hours of operation are dawn to dusk.
  • Yard must be vacated while maintenance tasks are being performed.
  • Users of the North Liberty Dog Park do so at their own risk.
  • Any City of North Liberty staff person has the right to ask users to leave park property.
  • Violations of Dog Park rules will be documented by the City of North Liberty.
  • If violations are deemed excessive by City Administrative staff, then pass will be revoked without refund.
  • Other City of North Liberty park rules and ordinances may apply.

Yard Rules:

  • Toys are allowed, taking into account the potential hazards to other dogs and your dog’s willingness to share. Must discontinue use of toy, if requested by fellow dog handler or City staff person.
  • Small training treats are allowed. Do not share without explicit permission from dog handler.
  • Small Dog Yard is for small dogs only, 18 inches or less at the shoulder.

Humans Must:

  • Be at least 16 years old to enter; if under 16, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18 years old).
  • Not be feeling sick.
  • Not be handling and/or responsible for more than two dogs.
  • Carry a leash for each dog.
  • Dutifully use a leash on your dog(s) before entering and after leaving a yard, but must remove while dog is in yard.
  • Clean up after the dog(s) in your care. Biodegradable waste bags and trash receptacles are provided.
  •  Not conduct lessons or other for-profit activities on park property without written permission from the City of North Liberty. Be prepared to display written permission when asked.
  • Stop displays of dominance, charging, excessive barking, hole-digging, and bullying.
  • Be responsible for your dog’s actions and behavior at all times, including compensation for repairs to damage of property or medical expenses after a reportable incident.
  • Communicate reportable incidents and rule violations to the City of North Liberty so they can be documented.

Dogs Must:

  • Be at least 16 weeks old to enter.
  • Be vaccinated for rabies.
  • Not be in heat.
  • Not be feeling sick or have a communicable disease.
  • Not be deemed “vicious,” “dangerous,” or “aggressive” by the City.
  • Carry your Red Fern Dog Park Annual Pass card on your human or nearby while at the park. Fill out this form to purchase a dog park annual pass.
  • Stay visible to your human at all times and be ready to listen to a command.
  • Leave if you are involved in a reportable incident, whether as the instigator or the target. Use this incident report form to submit online.

Parking Lot Access

The Red Fern Dog Park has one entrance and one parking lot. If the lot is full, please do not park on the grass; instead, come back a different day and try again! If you *do* accidentally pull into a neighbor’s drive, please back all the way out or pull all the way in and turn around on their concrete slab and not in their grass. Thank you so much for understanding!

Incident Reporting

Call 911 in the event of a medical emergency or any incident involving blood or a bite.

Please report:

  • Any failure to heed park rules;
  • Dogs displaying signs of a communicable disease;
  • If your own dog gets sick and used the Red Fern Dog Park before symptoms appeared and within the contagious period;
  • Abandoned animals located on property; and
  • Other concerns about park visitors or pets.

Use this incident report form to submit online.

Parks staff will initiate investigation, when warranted. If assistance is needed, City Administrative personnel will handle decision making.


Etiquette is appreciated!

Let’s encourage D.O.G . F.R.I.E.N.D.S.


Displays of dominance, charging, and bullying are not welcome behaviors. Don’t allow them!


Large objects are collision hazards to playing dogs… and will probably get peed on. Leave the lawn chair and the giant bag in the car.


Show your North Liberty pride by maintaining a clean park! Place trash in the appropriate receptacles.


Give all the attention to your dog and your children, not your screen.


Make sure your dog is ready to obey when you call.


A polite hello is encouraged between all community members… for both human and canine friends.


Over stimulation can lead to problems! Get all the energy out of your dog’s brain and body before arriving.


Allergies and dieting dogs are amongst us. Don’t share any edible items.


Recognize when your dog might need a time out… or leave if you sense trouble. Always better to be safe, than sorry!


Don’t blame the breed for bad behavior. Courtesy comes with successful training and discipline.

Helpful commands while at the park

SIT: Stay sitting until human says otherwise.

LIE DOWN: Lie down to calm down, focus on human, and wait for next command.

STAY: Do not move.

COME: Return to human without fail or delay.

DOG’S NAME: Attention off the distraction and to human.

FOCUS: Zone out everything else.

LEAVE IT: Ignore something that is tempting and/or potentially dangerous.

DROP IT: Drop something from mouth or stop a game that is turning aggressive.

WAIT: Stop midstride, pause for a moment, and focus attention on human.

HEEL: Walk next to human until told otherwise.

Also, teaching a dog not to eat something from strangers keeps the dog safe and prevents begging behavior.


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