Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department

COVID-19 Updates

As you are aware, the impacts of COVID-19 are rapidly changing. Over the last several weeks, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has been communicating regularly with state and local health officials in order to track the situation and develop response plans. Many updates have occurred since we made our first announcement. There are still a lot of things we're unsure of but, know we are making progress. All measures made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep the users of the City's parks as safe as possible during this pandemic. For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at

  • Community Connection (video series): Parks and Recreation Department offers alternative programming during the pandemic.
  • Facility Closures
    • Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym
    • Ned Ashton House
    • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
    • Terry Trueblood Lodge
    • City Park Pool - Closed for the 2020 Season
  • Shelter and facility rentals and permits are canceled through the end of May. New reservations are not being taken.
  • The Iowa City Farmers Market start will be delayed until at least Saturday, July 4, 2020. Offering a contact-free online ordering version in partnership with Field to Family. 
  • There will be no organized group sports and no athletic field rentals through the start of fall sports, approximately Friday, August 15, 2020.
  • No summer recreation brochure will be available. Look for updates about new classes and events on our social media pages in early June.
  • Recreation Centers, swimming pools, splash pads, skate park, park restrooms, and playgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Happy at Home Video Series During COVID-19

Happy at Home is a video series of virtual programming and activities to help people keep active and engaged during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This series is produced by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and City Channel 4. The videos are released weekly on the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Facebook page and Instagram IGTV channel (@icparksandrec), and on City Channel 4's YouTube Channel in the Happy at Home playlist

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Stay up to date on by following us on our social media platforms. We will be communicating changes, updates, and providing activities you can do from home. 

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Contact Us

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


Arts and attractions Services
Parks Services
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
Pool Temperatures
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.