Recreation

Summer Recreation Registration 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation summer recreation registration starts Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 8 am. 

There are a variety of classes and programs available to choose from. 

Registering for Activities

Complete class descriptions can be found online in the Activenet registration program. There are two easy ways to register for ICPRD programs.

  1. Register online at, www.icgov.org/ActivityRegistration
  2. Register in-person at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center or Mercer Park Aquatic Center.

Cancellation Information

For rain-out and cancellation information visit, www.icgov.org/RainoutLine


COVID-19 Precautions

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will be taking the following precautions when conducting their programs.

  • Program size will be limited.
  • The program format will be instructional-based to allow for social distancing.
  • All equipment will be sanitized prior to each program.
  • Participants and instructors will have temperatures taken prior to each program.
  • Instructors and participants are required to wear masks.

Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff. When using park facilities consider the following precautions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water are not available.
  • Recreate safely in small groups of 10 or less and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering.

Closed Facilities & Programs

The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is closed until further notice. 

Any questions about Parks and Recreation openings or facilities can be directed to Juli Seydell-Johnson, Director, at Juli-SJohnson@iowa-city.org, or 319-356-5104. 


    Special Events

    Earth Fest

    It is time to think green! Celebrate Earth Day all month long by participating in our FREE virtual Earth Fest event! Are you interested in learning about fun environmental activities and demonstrations? Then this is the event for you!

    • Sunday, April 11, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021
    • Virtual Facebook Events

    Happy at Home Video Series

    Video series of virtual programming and activities to help people keep active and engaged during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Produced by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and City Channel 4.

    Can be viewed on the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page and Instagram IGTV channel (@icparksandrec), and on City Channel 4's YouTube Channel in the Happy at Home playlist. View the playlist at, https://bit.ly/3aRgWRI


    Neighborhood Nest Program

    The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with United Action for Youth to provide tutoring and activity space for junior high and high school students. The program is held at Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr. Iowa City, IA 52240.

    Registration prior to participation is required. To register visit http://bit.ly/uaynest 

    For more information or to ask questions, contact: Kylie Buddin


    Donation Request Form

    The Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to support many community organizations and schools each year by donating recreational experiences that will keep people of all ages living a healthy, social, and active lifestyle. 

    Donation request forms can be found online.


    Contact Us

    Questions? Please contact us at parksandrecreation@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100.

    Address: 
    220 S. Gilbert Street
    Iowa City, IA
    Phone Number: 
    319-356-5100
    Email Address: 
    Office Hours: 
    Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym
    Facility Hours
    Monday - Friday, 6:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturdays & Sundays, 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Pool Hours
    Monday - Friday, 6:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays & Sundays, 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Pool Temperature
    Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 79 - 81°

    Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
    CLOSED

    City Park Pool
    CLOSED