Farmers Market
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
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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. 23, 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 23.

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


Arts and attractions Services
Parks Services
Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
August 17, 2018
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 82°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 84°
City Park Pool: 82°

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.