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2019 Fall Activity Guide

Cover of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation fall activity guide.

The Recreation Activity Guide is available online and in hard copy at several Iowa City locations: 

  • 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 2019 Fall Activity Guide online. Registration for fall activities opens Thursday, August 15, 2019. 

Visit our activity registration page to sign up for programs at

2019 Party in the Park schedule announced

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park.
The season begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Mercer Park, located at 2701 Bradford Drive.
2019 Party in the Park

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by the Iowa City Community Band. Games, arts and crafts, and treats will also be available.
Each party will have its own theme this year. Follow our Facebook page at or visit our website at to stay up-to-date.
Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces.

For more information, contact Lyndsey Kent, Recreation Supervisor, at or 319-356-5213.

Riverfront Crossing Grand Opening Celebration

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the grand opening of Riverfront Crossings Park presented in partnership with GreenState Credit Union. The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the park, located at 1101 South Clinton Street. 

The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with an afternoon filled with outdoor family fun. Children will have an opportunity to explore the park's nature play area, participate in an art project thanks to the Iowa City Public Art Committee, and other family-friendly activities. 

As the sun goes down, the park will fill with jazz tunes from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band takes the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporates it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a 'musical gumbo,' is sure to be a foot-stomping good time. 

The celebration will conclude with a fireworks show over the Iowa River at the end of the concert. 

The goal of the Riverfront Crossings Park is to transform the riverside area into a new flood resilient park that includes walkable/bikeable connections from urban areas to the river and enhance Ralston Creek to become a community asset. The park includes trails, large nature play area, picnic shelter and event grounds. 

University of Iowa Community Credit Union is excited to change its name to GreenState Credit Union this month. GreenState Credit Union has been serving residents in Eastern Iowa for more than 80 years, and they are now the largest credit union in Iowa with 190,000 members and 18 branch locations…and more opening soon.  GreenState Credit Union is proud to sponsor the Riverfront Crossings Grand Opening Celebration.

The Englert is proud to present the music for the Riverfront Crossings Grand Opening Celebration. The Englert has served the Iowa City community for 107 years as a vital community arts space and continues to expand their programming vision beyond the walls of the theater through vibrant partnerships and collaborative efforts with community organizations throughout the Iowa City area.

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220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
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Pool Temperatures

Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 81°

Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 78°

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.