Recreation

Winter/Spring Recreation Registration 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring Recreation Registration starts Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 7 a.m. 

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 Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym or Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. 

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.


COVID-19

Iowa City Parks and Recreation is implementing a phased reopening of recreation centers, pools, registered programs, and other activities.

All staff and the public will be required to wear masks in our City Facilities.

This includes:

  • Entrances at indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Locker rooms at indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Decks at indoor pools until ready to get into the water. 
  • Individuals participating in Iowa City Parks and Recreation programs and events will not be required to wear masks when outdoors.

    Special Events

    • Open Roller Skating
      • Saturdays Sept.18 - Dec. 11  |  6 - 7:45 p.m.
      • Free roller skating at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center Gym on Saturdays from 6 - 7:45 p.m. Socks are required so don't forget to bring your own. We will provide the skates. During roller skating, all Iowa City Recreation Division facility rules apply. All youth under 12 years of age must have a participating adult (18 years of age or older) present.
    • Iowa City Holiday Farmers Market
      • Saturday, December 18  |  8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • The Holiday Market will be held in the Recreation Center’s first-floor gymnasium and second-floor Social Hall. Farmers Market vendors and artists will have homemade, handcrafted, seasonal gifts, and food available for purchase.
    • Winter Solstice
      • Sunday, December 19  |  1:30 - 4 p.m.
      • Celebrate the year's end and winter solstice with friends and family. Enjoy a hot chocolate while making festive gifts of natural materials. Play games and participate in the annual luminary lighting of the Discovery Garden at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information visit Activenet.
    • Noon Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop
      • Friday, December 31  |  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
      • Join us for our take on New Year's Eve with a pool party from 11:30am-12:30pm and a pool-tastic beach ball drop once the clock strikes noon! The cost is $10 per child and pre-registration is required.
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
      • Monday, January 17  |  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day join us in a variety of virtual and in-person service events that exemplify the values Dr. King championed, honor his legacy and tackle the challenges our communities are facing like never before. Please join us in whatever capacity you feel safest and together, leave a legacy of service.
    • Freeze Fest
      • Sunday, February 6  |  1 - 3 p.m.
      • Freeze Fest is a fun, family-friendly outdoor exploration event for all ages. Activities will include games, winter hiking, survival skill building, crafts, and bird watching. Ice skating, snowshoeing, and ice fishing will be included (weather permitting). All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no registration fee and no pre-registration is required.
    • Black History Month Trivia
      • Wednesday, February 9  |  6 - 8 p.m.
      • Black History Trivia Night in honor of Black History Month. Test your knowledge of achievements and historical moments in African American History.
    • Dog Sweater Pawty
      • Saturday, March 5  |  2 - 3:30 p.m.
      • The dog sweater contest will include three judged categories. Sweaters and costumes may be homemade or store-bought, but as always, creativity will be key! Each dog may be entered into one category and will be registered upon entrance. There is no registration fee.
    • Things That Go
      • Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19  |  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      • This two day interactive STEAM event will feature Duplo, Brio, Lego, Hot Wheels, trains, RC vehicles, and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no registration fee and no pre-registration is required.
    • Underwater Egg Hunt
      • Saturday, April 9  |  10 - 10:45 a.m.
      • The hunt for eggs in the pool: This underwater egg hunt is for ages 2 - 10. The cost is $10 per child and pre-registration is required.
    • Woo Hoo! It's the Insect Zoo!
      • Sunday, April 24  |  1 - 4 p.m.
      • View and interact with live insects and other arthropods from the Iowa State University's Department of Entomology's Insect Zoo. Learn about the diversity, ecology, and behavior of arthropods. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no registration fee and no pre-registration is required.
    • Superheroes Family Day
      • Saturday, April 30  |  1 - 3 p.m.
      • In observance of National Superhero Day, participate in a variety of exciting action activities and celebrate the hero in you. Activities are sure to get you up and moving. Fictional and real superheroes will be honored. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend this intergenerational activity. Costumes are welcome. There is no registration fee and no pre-registration is required.
    • Mommy & Me: Paint Party
      • Friday, May 6  |  6 - 8 p.m.
      • Just in time for Mother's Day! Get creative with your little ones ages 5 and up! The cost is just $10 per person.
    • City Services Open House
      • Saturday, May 21  |  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      • Details coming soon!

    Gather Here Recreation Master Plan

    Iowa City Recreation needs your help to reimagine recreation through the “Gather Here” Recreation planning initiative. This plan provides a study of the City’s current recreation centers to evaluate conditions, and lifespan of the facilities, as well as providing a visioning component to determine what programs, activities, and events are desired by the community. The goal is to shape the facilities and programs to better serve the Iowa City community. 

    Read more about the project by selecting a language below.

    This plan will focus on the department’s facilities and programs, and not address the parks, playgrounds, or open spaces.

    Berry Dunn was selected to lead this project geared at creating a prioritized plan to guide recreation programming and plans recreation facilities. Learn about the project planning phases. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the Iowa City Gather Here Recreation Master Plan.

    Get Involved

    View the project website. Share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions with us by filling out surveys and engaging in community forums. 


    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: 
    Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
    Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym Facility Hours
    Monday - Friday, 6:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturdays, 6:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sundays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    Pools
    For pool hours visit, icgov.org/Pools

    City Government