Underserved and Special Populations

Inclusive Recreation

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing high-quality recreation programs for all. Inclusive programs provide leisure opportunities for persons with special needs, including those with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Persons with special needs are encouraged to participate in any of the recreation programs offered by the Recreation Division. Inclusive programs are offered in structured, success-oriented environments in the areas of sports & fitness, arts, music & movement, independent living skills, clubs, social activities, and special events.

Program registration is available online through Activenet, or by downloading the Special Populations Registration Form. To register over the phone call 319-356-5100 or print and fill out the Special Populations Registration Form and mail it to 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. 


Fall Inclusive Recreation Programs

Fall recreation registration begins Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 7 am. Age will be determined by the start of the program date. To learn more about the fall youth sports offered by Iowa City Parks and Recreation or to register online through Activenet or by selecting one of the sports program links below.


Inclusive Recreation and Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children 8 years of age and older as well as adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics Eligibility

According to the requirements of Special Olympics Iowa, all athletes must have a current Release and Medical Form signed by a physician on file before they can participate in training or competition. 

View the Special Olympics Iowa Athlete Forms

Be a Champion

To become involved in the Special Olympics program as an athlete, coach, or volunteer, contact RaQuishia Harrington or 319-356-5100.


Follow Us on Social

Stay up to date by following us on our social media platforms. Don't forget to tag us in your inclusive recreation posts. 


Cancellation Information

Iowa City Parks and Recreation uses Rainout Line to communicate cancellation information.

There are three ways to check or sign up for updates:

  1. Download the free app to your phone by searching Rainout Line.
  2. Visit rainoutline.com and search for "Iowa City Parks and Recreation."
  3. Call 319-346-7080 and listen for prompts.

Please note that the app is only updated during regular business hours of operation. This does not include nights and weekends.

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