Recreation Centers and Fitness Room

The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operates two recreation centers.

Helpful Information Regarding ICPR Programs

  • Facility Age Requirement - Only youth currently 12 years old and up will be allowed into Recreation Division facilities without an adult, but must have a facility pass. Youth 11 years old and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • Facilities Pass - An Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department (ICPRD) issued facilities pass is required during free play in the gym, game room, and fitness room. The pass system allows ICPRD staff to better assess community needs by monitoring facility usage to help plan future services and amenities. Patrons 16 years of age and older can be issued a pass during open facility hours. Youth ages 12-15 years can be issued a pass provided a parent/guardian is present to complete and sign the form. Note: Facility policy prohibits youth 11 years and under from using the facility, including pools, unless accompanied by an adult, or individual 16 years or older.
  • RecAssist for Iowa City Residents - ICPRD accepts applications for discounts on program and pass fees for patrons that are income-eligible. Applications are available online and at either recreation center. Eligibility applies only to residents of Iowa City. One application must be filled out per calendar year. For more information, contact Brad Barker, Recreation Superintendent, at 319-356-5102 or
  • Photos - Activities sponsored by ICPRD may, from time to time, be photographed for activity guides, websites, other promotional items, group pictures, or by the media. Due to the public nature of our programs and facilities, we cannot be responsible for photographs taken by the media or others. We will, however, do our best to make special arrangements in response to your needs. Should you have any concerns, contact the Iowa City Recreation Division at
  • Account Credits & Transfers - Request for account credits and transfers must be made at least three business days prior to the first class meeting. Prorated credits for health reasons may be considered after the program begins. Requests must be made in writing to the appropriate program supervisor. A doctor’s certificate may be required. No account credits will be given for programs that have concluded. Contact the program supervisor for account credits.
  • Non-Resident Fees - Iowa City residents (persons living inside Iowa City city limits), through property taxes, contribute to the operation of the Parks and Recreation Department. Non-resident fees are assessed to our non-resident patrons to contribute to the overall financing of the Department on an equitable basis with our residents.
  • Class Size - Limits are placed on the size of some classes to assure quality instruction. Registration is first-come, first-served. Classes are reviewed at least three working days prior to the start and those with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation. Registration must be made prior to participation in any Parks and Recreation activity.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act & Inclusive Recreation Services - The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. In addition, the ADA requires that all people be given the opportunity to recreate in an “integrated setting.” Inclusion within ICPRD means that all people are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program. Some minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation), must be met in order to participate. Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to, activity modification, adaptive equipment, changing staff-to-participant ratios, additional staff training, effective communications for persons with hearing impairments, financial assistance, and/or monitoring accommodations for effectiveness. Please contact RaQuishia Harrington at 319-356-5228 or at least two weeks prior to the activity start date to ensure your individual needs are met.

For more information or assistance with your registration, please contact the Recreation Division office at 319-356-5100.

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center

220 South Gilbert Street
(319) 356-5100


Fitness Room
Includes weight machines and cardio equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and stair climbers. Note: Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the fitness area.

Gymnasium hours may vary due to programming needs and reservations. To confirm the daily gym schedule call 319-356-5100. View rental information.

Meeting Rooms
Includes Meeting Rooms A & B (occupancy max: 30), Social Hall (occupancy max: 100), and kitchen. View rental information.

Admission fees and schedules are available on the general aquatic webpage at

Mercer Park Aquatic Center/ Scanlon Gym 

2701 Bradford Dr.
(319) 356-5100


Gymnasium hours may vary due to programming needs and reservations. To confirm the daily gym schedule call (319) 356-5100. View rental information.

Meeting Rooms
Includes Procter & Gamble Room (occupancy max: 50), Mercer Meeting Room (occupancy max: 30), and Mercer Wellness Room (occupancy max: 20). View rental information.

Procter & Gamble Room
Room Includes pool tables, foosball table, and ping-pong table.

Admission fees and schedules are available on the general aquatic webpage at

Facility Rentals

Rent a meeting room, gym, or pool at one of the recreation centers for your next event. For more information or to reserve a room, call (319)356-5100 or reserve the facility online through our online registration Activenet system.

If you are interested in renting the Environmental Education Center at the Eastside Recycling Center, Terry Trueblood Recreation Area Lodge, the Ned Ashton House, or Riverside Festival Stage in Lower City Park, check out the event facilities page at

Contact Us

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