Freeze Fest
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
The Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area


Winter/Spring 2017 Activity Guide

Take a look at all the Iowa City Recreation Division can offer you and your family this season. The Recreation Activity Guide is now available online and will be available in hardcopy at several City facilities the week of December 5. Those facilities include the following locations: Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street; Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive; and Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street; Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Access the 2017 Winter/Spring Activity Guide in downloadable format click the link below:

Hard copies of the Winter/Spring 2017 Activity Guides will be available the second week of December at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center.

Registration dates:

Registration for winter/spring activities opens: Wednesday, December 14

Online registration

Online registration gets underway first, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute past midnight) on the day registration opens. You’ll be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system.

To register, set up a new Activenet account or log in to your existing account here:

In-person registration

In-person registration gets underway at 8 a.m. on the day registration opens (see above) at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street, and at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center / Scanlon Gym at 2701 Bradford Drive. To help mitigate errors, we do accept registration over the phone.

Come and see what new and exciting programs we have to offer!

2016-2017 Winter Break Camp (K-6 grade)

Registration is now underway for the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department's Winter Break Camp, which keeps kids busy, learning, and entertained during their holiday break from school. This year's camp activities focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The camp is scheduled for Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 3-4 for kindergarten through sixth grade students. For more information and to download visit the "Camps" page:



Arts and attractions Services
Park Services
Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
Current pool temps 1.18.17
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 80°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 85°
City Park Pool: Closed for the season
For pool hours, see "General Pool Info" web page.

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Recreation Center/ Scanlon Gym
Facility Hours (effective 1/1/16):
Monday- Friday, 6:30 a.m.*- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

*Customer service hours start at 8 a.m.

Special hours/closures notifications listed at top of P&R page.