Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 has presented many changes to our normal routines. All decisions made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep you, our users of the City's parks as safe as possible during this pandemic.

We’ve been there for your family for a lot of your firsts. First swim in the pool, first TKD class, and first home runs. We have a lot more firsts to offer your family, but to get from here to back where we want to be, we need to all wear our masks.

*Please Note: Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff. When using park facilities consider the following precautions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water are not available.
  • Recreate safely in groups of 10 or less and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering.

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at

Closed Facilities & Programs

These facilities and programs are closed/discontinued until further notice to discourage large gatherings and encourage physical distancing and/or an inability to sufficiently clean at an acceptable frequency, or lack of staff available to maintain them.

  • Activity Guide - No Guide, please follow social for program updates
  • Baseball and Softball Field Rentals
  • Fountains
  • Holiday Farmers Market - CANCELED
  • Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park Rentals
  • Iowa City School District Sports
  • Pools - Closed through at least Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.
  • Scanlon Gym
  • Restrooms
  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
  • Terry Trueblood Lodge and Ned Ashton House Rentals - Not available through at least Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Please call to check for 2021 availability.

Open Facilities & Programs

  • Athletic Fields & Courts
  • Dog Parks
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Shelters, No new reservations are being taken. Previously reserved rentals will be honored. Should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Terrell Mill Skate Park
  • Trails

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Contact Us

Questions? Please contact us at or 319-356-5100


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Parks Services
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
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Pool Temperatures
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 83 - 85°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 79 - 81° - CLOSED
City Park Pool: Unheated/ Closed for the 2020 Season due to COVID-19

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.