National Park and Recreation Month - July 2016

National Park and Recreation Month- July 2016In honor of National Park and Recreation Month, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will offer free "Tot Time" and roller skating at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. throughout July. Tot Time is a drop-in program for children 1 to 6 years, old accompanied by a responsible adult. Kids can tumble on mats, ride trikes, slide down slides, and jump in the inflatable castle. The program runs year-round. Additionally, this month, roller-skating will be available for older children and adults. Roller skates are available in sizes youth 12 to adult 12. Normal facility age/supervision requirements apply.

Summer 2016 Activity Guide

Take a look at all the Iowa City Recreation Division can offer you and your family this season. The Recreation Activity Guide is now available online and will be available in hardcopy at several City facilities the week of April 11. Those facilities include the following locations: Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street; Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive; and Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street; Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Access the 2016 Summer Activity Guide in downloadable format click the link below:

Fall 2016 Activity Guides will be available the second week in August, and registration for activities will begin Wednesday, August 17.

Registration dates:

Registration for Summer activities opens: Wednesday, April 27

Online registration

Online registration gets underway first, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute past midnight) on the day registration opens. You’ll be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system.

To register, set up a new Activenet account or log in to your existing account here:

In-person registration

In-person registration gets underway at 8 a.m. on the day registration opens (see above) at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street, and at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center / Scanlon Gym at 2701 Bradford Drive.

Come and see what new and exciting programs we have to offer!

Youth Summer Fun Program Info

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a new summer program for teens. The Youth Summer Fun program will run 5-9 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning June 6-August 19. The program is open to students in grades 7-12, and will include many activities such as basketball, volleyball, double-dutch, crafts, gardening and more! No fee is required and enrollment is on-going, however pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. The program will meet each evening at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert Street.

To register, click the link below and download the registration form. Completed forms should then be brought to Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert Street. Sorry, no online registration available. All forms must be signed.

If you have questions about the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Youth Summer Fun Program, contact Chad Dyson at or call 319-356-5100.  

2016 Party in the Park schedule

Sponsored by the City of Iowa City’s 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 and neighborhoods. Events include live music, arts and crafts, and frozen treats. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Parks and Recreation Department Arts Supervisor, or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at or 319-356-5237.


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Current pool temps
Updated 7.27.16
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 82°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 80°
City Park Pool: 80°
For pool hours, see "General Pool Info" web page.

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Recreation Center/ Scanlon Gym
Facility Hours (effective 1/1/16):
Monday- Friday, 6:30 a.m.*- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

*Customer service hours start at 8 a.m.

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