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2018 Summer Recreation Activities

2018 Summer Activity Guide
2018 Summer Activity Guide
The 2018 Summer Activity Guide is now 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.

Click here to view the Summer Activity Guide.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Visit our activity registration page to sign up:

2018 Summer Youth Drop-In Programs

K-6 Summer Playgrounds Program

Monday through Fridays • June 11-August 3 • 9:30-11:30am*

Park Locations: Court Hill Park, Fairmeadows Park, Highland Park, Mercer Park, Kiwanis Park, North Market Square Park, and Wetherby Park. *The Creekside Park program will run June 11- July 3.

Activities include: Games, arts and crafts, nature activities and special events for children completing grades K-6. There is no fee to participate, but children must be registered by an adult guardian on the first day of attendance at each site. Children may come and go as they please, so parents should use discretion. The Playgrounds program does not meet when it's raining and will close if rain begins after opening. The program will not be held July 4.

Teen Dynamics Summer Program

Monday through Friday • June 11-August 10 (No program 7/2-7/6) • 4-8:30 p.m. at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Activities include: Sports, crafts, gardening, field-trips and more for youth ages 13-17. No fee is required and enrollment is on-going. To register visit:  NOTE: A parent or guardian should accompany the participant on the first evening they attend to fill out additional registration forms.

Teen Dynamics Basketball Team

Monday through Friday • June 18-August 1 (No program 7/2-7/6) • 7-8:30 p.m. at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center • Fee: $10
Questions? Contact RaQuishia Harrington at

Stories in the Park

Supplement your regular story time with some sunshine at the Stories in the Park reading series this summer. The series runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. from June 5-August 4, 2017. See the full schedule below:

  • Mondays 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
    Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesdays 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
    Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday story times will be held at the Iowa City Public Library and the Friday story times will be canceled. This program is a partnership between Iowa City Parks and Recreation and the Iowa City Public Library.

City Park Amusement Ride Schedule

The amusement rides in City Park, will open to the public Saturday, May 26, 2018, and remain open daily, weather permitting, from 1-7 p.m. through Sunday, August 19, 2018. The schedule changes in late summer. Rides will be open only on weekends from 1-6 p.m. from Saturday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 23. Cost is $1 per ride or $8 for a 10-punch pass.

Upcoming Events

Party in the Park

Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats at Party in the Park this summer. The 2018 season opens June 7. Events are held weekly from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in June, July and August and will continue on Sundays in September from 4-5:30 p.m. There is no fee to participate and all are welcome. 

View a full schedule of events and park locations here


Arts and attractions Services
Parks Services
Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Office Hours: 
June 12th, 2018
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: Closed
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 85°
City Park Pool: 80°

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, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Special hours/closures notifications listed at top of P&R page.