Upcoming Special Events with Muscatine Parks and Recreation

Each year, the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department offers several events for people of all ages to enjoy! The following are the upcoming special events through the rest of the year. We hope you, your friends and your family will be able to take part in these events!

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the special events, please contact Karen at Muscatine Parks and Recreation at 563-263-0241. These events would be a great place for community groups to volunteer as well!


Fall Festival

The Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Muscatine Mall Center Court. There will be several activities including coloring, cookie decorating, and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. This is a FREE event!


Turkey Trot

The 2016 Muscatine “Turkey Trot” Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course. The event will be hosted by the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department and the Muscatine Running Club. The race will follow a “Predict Your Time” format.  No participant will be allowed to use any kind of a timing device.

The winner of each age division for male and female participants who most closely predict their time will be awarded a frozen turkey. Only one (1) turkey can be won per family.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016


  • 1 mile run for 14 years and younger, 10 a.m.
  • 3 mile run, 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $15 through Nov. 1 or $20 from Nov. 2 through race time

Divisions: Male and Female: 11 & under, 12-14, 15-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-59, 60 & older

Registration: Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department, 215 Sycamore Street, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on the day of the race at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Here is the printable registration form.


Candy Cane Hunt

The Candy Cane Hunt is held each year on the night of the Holiday Stroll (Friday, Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. It will be held on Muscatine Riverfront, right by Pearl City Station. This is a FREE event!

There will be areas set up in the green space near the basketball courts for two age groups: Pre-K – 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade – 4th Grade. There will be lots of candy canes to be found by all participants. There will be several “special” candy canes that can be redeemed at Pearl City Station for a special toy. Cookies and drinks will be available at Pearl City Station after the hunt. The Candy Cane Hunt will be held in the dark, so bring a flashlight if you can! LED flashlights will be available from our sponsors if you do not have one to bring.


Elves Workshop

This year’s Elves Workshop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Muscatine Mall Center Court. This is a FREE event!

Santa and his elves are taking a break from building toys, and now it’s your turn! Children will have the opportunity to work in Santa’s workshop, decorating crafts to take home, as well as talk to Saint Nick himself.

We hope you take advantage of these upcoming events! If you have any questions, please contact Muscatine Parks and Recreation at 563-263-0241.

City’s New Commercial Tax Abatement Program


Urban revitalization or tax abatement is a tool to encourage economic development by providing incentives for new construction or for the expansion of existing facilities. An Urban Revitalization Area may include the entire city or designated areas of the city. Essentially, tax abatement is the temporary reduction of property taxes on the improvements made to an existing property. The owner would still have to pay the amount owed for taxes pre-improvement, but may qualify for decreased taxes on the improvements.

Qualified improvements may include new construction, remodeling, rehabilitation and additions to the existing property.

Tax abatement is great tool for Muscatine because it works to help businesses thrive! It cuts down barriers to entry or expansion for business owners as they either start or grow their business. In addition to commercial tax abatement, the City has industrial and housing incentives as well (see below). The City of Muscatine has several economic development initiatives designed to encourage development or redevelopment within Muscatine. Check out our economic development programs on our website.

So, what should you know about the new Commercial Tax Abatement Program?

The City has a new commercial tax abatement program in two key areas – one along Grandview Avenue and a second along Park Avenue. To quality for tax abatement, the improvement must increase the assessed valuation of the property by at least 15% of the valuation before the improvement.

You can see the maps for each of these areas here:

Grandview Avenue

Park Avenue

Commercial Tax Abatement Schedules on Qualifying Property:

10 Year Declining Schedule

  • Year 1 – 80% abated
  • Year 2 – 70% abated
  • Year 3 – 60% abated
  • Year 4 – 50% abated
  • Year 5 & 6 – 40% abated
  • Year 7 & 8 – 30% abated
  • Year 9 & 10 – 20% abated

3 Year 100% Schedule

  • Year 1 – 100% abated
  • Year 2 – 100% abated
  • Year 3  – 100% abated

The City of Muscatine also has two other tax abatement programs in place:

Industrial Property Tax Abatement on industrial real estate (Iowa Code 427B)

  • Year 1 – 75% abated
  • Year 2 – 60% abated
  • Year 3 – 45% abated
  • Year 4 – 30% abated
  • Year 5 – 15% abated

Housing Tax Abatement

  • New Construction: Minimum assessed value of $175,000, Exemption is on first $75,000 of actual value added, 100% for 5 years
  • Blighted District: 
    • New homes: Minimum assessed value of $175,000, 5 years, 100%
    • Improvements/Additions: 3 years, 100%
  • Historic District:
    • Historically Sensitive: 5 years, 100%
    • Historic Area: 3 years, 100%

For more information about the City’s tax abatement programs, please visit our website.