Earth Fest
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area



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2019 Summer Activity Guide
2018-2019 Winter/Spring 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 2019 Summer Activity Guide online. Registration for winter/spring activities opens Thursday, April 25, 2019 

Visit our activity registration page to sign up for programs at

Upcoming Events

Earth Fest
Join the Iowa City Green Iowa AmeriCorps team and Iowa City Parks and Recreation on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for Earth Fest! Earth Fest will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 579 McCillister Blvd. 
Earth Fest will be fun for all ages with indoor and outdoor activities related to the environment, animals, and sustainability, including live music, raptors, prizes, fun activities, games, local environmental organizations, a free sapling giveaway and more!
This is a family-friendly event, with no fee to participate.

RSVP to our Facebook event page

Youth Lacrosse Clinic
The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce lacrosse is coming to Mercer Park this spring!
We will host a one-time clinic on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Youth grades 2nd through 3rd grade will meet from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Youth grades 4th through 5th grade will meet from 3 to 4 p.m.
Cost is $8 per child.
All programs/clinics will take place at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive. Programs/clinics will focus on the teaching fundamental skills including; cradling, scooping, throwing and catching while incorporating short sided games that are fast and full of excitement. All equipment is provided.
These programs are made possible through the US Lacrosse First Stick grant. The First Stick program awards free lacrosse equipment to communities so affordable and accessible youth lacrosse activities can be provided to area youth.
More information available at

Earth Friendly Forum
This lecture series will take place in the Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. Childcare will be provided for attendees. Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
"Native Nations Environmental Justice and Health: How reservations and assimilation affect American Indian lives" By Joe D. Coulter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, The University of Iowa

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
"Climate Change is Sickening.” By Maureen McCue, MD, Coordinator Iowa Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility

For more information, contact Sheri Deal-Tyne.




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220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
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April 23, 2019
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, 6:15 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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