Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department 

Welcome to the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. Our department is responsible for maintaining the City's parks, open spaces, natural areas, tree inventory, recreational facilities and programs, outdoor athletic fields, and Oakland Cemetery. We are proud to offer a wide range of activities, programs, and events for everyone.

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Report a Park Maintenance Issue

Is the swing at your neighborhood park broken? Please let us know by reporting all park maintenance issues at

Iowa City Parks & Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. Visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission page for more information. 

Quick Page Navigation 

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How can I support Iowa City Parks and Recreation?

One of the best ways to support the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is by growing our endowment fund. Endowment gifts are invested permanently and can provide security for the future of Parks and Recreation facilities and programs for generations to come. Visit for more information.


Arts and attractions Services
Parks Services
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym Facility Hours
Monday - Friday, 6:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturdays, 6:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Pool Hours
For pool hours visit,