Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department

COVID-19 Updates

As you are aware, the impacts of COVID-19 are ever-changing. The 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. 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

Closed Facilities & Programs

  • Baseball and Softball Field Rentals
  • Fall Activity Guide - No guide, please follow social for program updates.
  • Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park Rentals
  • Iowa City School District Sports
  • Scanlon Gym - Closed to the general public. No reopening date at this time.
  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center - Closed to the general public. No reopening date at this time.

Open Facilities & Programs

  • Dog Parks*
  • Iowa City Farmers Market 2020 Season - Online Only
  • Mercer Park Aquatic Center, opens Thursday, October 1, 2020, for pre-registered limited lap swim only
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts*
  • Parks*
  • Playgrounds*
  • Shelters, are currently first come first served. No new reservations are being taken. Previously reserved rentals will be honored.*
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts*
  • Terrell Mill Skate Park*
  • Terry Trueblood Lodge and Ned Ashton House - Rentals available
  • Trails*

*Open, but not sanitized. Please use cautiously at your own risk.

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    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.