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2018 Fall Recreation Activities

The Recreation Activity Guide is available online and in hard copy at several Iowa City locations:
2018 Fall Activity Guide
2018 Fall Activity Guide
  • 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

City Park Amusement Ride Schedule

In honor of the City Park Amusement rides’ final season of operation, Iowa City Parks and Recreation is offering free rides in August (7 days a week) and September (weekends only).

The City Park rides opened in 1952 and were owned and operated by the Drollinger family until 1999, when Guy and Sue Drollinger sold the rides to the City of Iowa City. The City has operated the rides ever since; however, maintaining the aging amusement rides is no longer viable. As such, the rides will close permanently on Sept. 30, at the end of the 2018 season. As an alternative to the rides, the City has planned the addition of a large Adventure playground scheduled for construction in late spring/early summer 2019.

The City Park amusement rides are currently open 1-7 p.m. daily through August 19, 2018. After Aug. 20, rides are open from 1-6 p.m. on weekends only through Sunday, September 30.

Upcoming Events

Party in the Park

Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats at Party in the Park this summer. The 2018 season opens June 7. Events are held weekly from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in June, July and August and will continue on Sundays in September from 4-5:30 p.m. There is no fee to participate and all are welcome. 

View a full schedule of events and park locations here

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.


Arts and attractions Services
Parks Services
Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
September 20, 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.