Farmers Market
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:30am
Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp
Floating Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Mercer Park Aquatic Center


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2018 Fall Recreation Activities
2018 Fall Activity Guide
2018 Fall Activity Guide

The Recreation Activity Guide is available online and in hard copy at several Iowa City locations: 

  • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street
  • Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
  • Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

View the 2018 Fall Activity Guide online. Registration for fall activities opened Wednesday, Aug. 15. 

Visit our activity registration page to sign up for programs at

Upcoming Events

Floating Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
10 a.m. to noon
Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr. 
Bring your bathing suit and pick out a pumpkin. Dry off your pumpkin and decorate it to take home in time for Halloween! Life jackets will be available.
RSVP on our Facebook event page

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr.
Sport your Halloween costume during the annual parade with fun to follow. Meet at 6 p.m. just outside the Aquatic Center for the parade. The spookiness at ensues at 6:30 p.m. with a magician, fortune teller, monster mash, jugglers, inflatables, carnival games, photo booth, crafts, tricks, treats, and more!
No fee and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
RSVP to our Facebook event page

Pumpkin painting at the Farmers Market  
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
10 a.m. to noon
Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 415 E. Washington St.  
Stop by the final Saturday Farmers Market of the season. Come in costume to trick-or-treat with the vendors. Stick around to decorate a pumpkin.
No fee. All children are welcome.
RSVP to our Facebook event page.

Tot Monster Mash
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
9:30 to 11: 30 a.m.
Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive
Children ages 6 and under come dressed in your costume. Enjoy inflatables, games, stories, crafts, and more! 
No fee. Adult supervision required.
RSVP to our Facebook event page.

Trick or Treat Night
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Dusk to 8 p.m.
RSVP to our Facebook event page.

Fall 2018 Roller skating 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation offers open roller skating on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Beginning Sept. 15, skating is held on Saturdays at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street. Beginning Oct. 5, skating is held on Fridays at Grant Wood Elementary School, 1930 Lakeside Dr.

There is no fee to participate and skates may be checked out at no charge. An Iowa City Recreation Division facility pass will be required to participate, and all children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older).

Facility passes may be obtained at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center or Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive. There is no charge for the initial pass, but replacement passes cost $2. Patrons may also acquire passes at Friday Night Skate events.

**Note: On some days roller skating may not be held due to special event programming in the gym.

  • The Grant Wood Elementary school Friday roller skating program is scheduled to run Oct. 5 – Dec. 14. No skating will be held on Nov. 23, 2018.
  • The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Saturday roller skating program is scheduled to run Sept. 15 – Dec. 8. No skating will be held on Oct. 13 and Nov. 24, 2018.  

For more information, call the Recreation Information Desk at 319-356-5100.


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Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
October 19, 2018
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 81°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 85°
City Park Pool: Closed for season

For pool hours, see

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Recreation Center/ Scanlon Gym
Facility Hours:
Monday- Friday, 6:15 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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