Recreation

Fall Recreation Registration 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Fall Recreation Registration starts Tuesday, August 17, 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.

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 Updates

Covid-19 has presented many changes to our normal routines. Iowa City Parks and Recreation is implementing a phased reopening of recreation centers, pools, registered programs, and other activities throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2021. 

Effective Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 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 (NOT outdoor pool) 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.
  • The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is open. The gym and fitness room will be available for patrons. The pool will re-open on Monday, August 23, 2021. For the pool, schedule visit icgov.org/Pools.
  • Pool passes and punch cards are now accepted and can be purchased at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, or Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym.
  • Facility and Park Shelter rentals are now available.
  • Iowa City Farmers Market is in-person. Customers, vendors, and staff are required to wear masks inside the ramp while attending the market.

    Special Events

    Fall Rec N' Rolls

    Our Rec N' Roll trailer is coming to a park near you on Sundays this fall from 3 - 5 p.m. The events will be located in a variety of our parks around the city. Everyone is welcome! Activities vary each week and may include skateboards, scooters, Strider bikes, pedal cars, water play, and more. During these events, we will be seeking public input for our Recreation Master Plan. These events are FREE and are for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Rec N' Roll dates and locations

    • September 12 - Upper City Park
    • September 19 - Willow Creek Park
    • September 26 - Mercer Park
    • October 3 - Fairmeadows Park
    • October 10 - Hunters Run Park
    • October 17 - Wetherby Park
    • October 24 - Scott Park
    • October 31 - Happy Hollow Park

    Farmers Market Special Events

    The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program of the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about the market and special events, they host throughout the year visit, icgov.org/FarmersMarket

    Floating Pumpkin Patch

    Saturday, October 23  |  10 - 11 a.m.

    Our annual Floating Pumpkin Patch at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center! Swimmers ages 2 - 12 years old are welcome to jump in and grab a pumpkin. Participants will leave with a baggie of stickers and decorations to decorate their pumpkin at home! This event is $5 per child and registration is required. Register online through Activenet

    Halloween Carnival

    Friday, October 29  |  5 - 7 p.m.  |  Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp

    Ghostly carnival games, spooky experiments, and prizes, oh my! This free Halloween-themed carnival is best served for children ages 10 and under. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required. For more information visit Activenet

    Halloween Movie

    Friday, October 29  |  7 - 9 p.m.  | Chauncey Swan Park

    We're teaming up with FilmScene to show a frightfully fun, family flick in the Halloween spirit. Hocus Pocus will be shown at Chauncey Swan Park. Stay tuned for details and check Activenet for updates.

    Inclusive Fright Night Dance

    Saturday, October 23  |  6 - 8 p.m.

    Come to Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center for a frightful evening of music, dancing, and games! This Halloween bash will be sure to bring out the scariest creatures. Wear your most frightful or creative costume for a chance to win a prize. Registration is $6 per person. Register online through Activenet

    National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sunday, October 3  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center

    Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month. An afternoon full of hands-on activities to celebrate the colorful cultures, rich histories, and diversity of the Hispanic American community that the whole family can enjoy. This event is free. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit Activenet.

    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.

    Tot Time Monster Mash

    Thursday, October 28  |  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Youth ages 6 and under are invited to put on their Halloween costumes and join the staff at Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym. Activities will include inflatables, carnival games, prizes, stories, crafts, and more. This event is free and no registration is required. To learn more visit Activenet.

    Wetherby Park Tree Planting

    Saturday, October 2  |  10 a.m.

    We are hosting a tree planting event at Wetherby Park! If you are someone you know is interested in helping us bring more share to this well-loved park stop by. A how-to demonstration will be gin at 10 a.m. Participants will team up to help plant 40+ trees throughout the park. Volunteer waivers must be filled out on-site prior to planting. Everyone is welcome, children should be accompanied by an adult. 

    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.

    10 Minute Play Festival

    Friday, November 19  |  6 - 8 p.m.

    We are hosting this special event in the Social Hall at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. Performances of various 10-minute plays that have been rehearsed by kids from our community! Community members can sign up to participate in the event through open mic poetry and spoken word. Those interested in participating in the event can register for workshops through Activenet


    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.

    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. 

    Fall Rec N' Rolls

    Our Rec N' Roll trailer is coming to a park near you on Sundays this fall from 3 - 5 p.m. The events will be located in a variety of our parks around the city. Everyone is welcome! Activities vary each week and may include skateboards, scooters, Strider bikes, pedal cars, water play, and more. During these events, we will be seeking public input for our Recreation Master Plan. These events are FREE and are for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Rec N' Roll dates and locations

    • September 12 - Upper City Park
    • September 19 - Willow Creek Park
    • September 26 - Mercer Park
    • October 3 - Fairmeadows Park
    • October 10 - Hunters Run Park
    • October 17 - Wetherby Park
    • October 24 - Scott Park
    • October 31 - Happy Hollow Park

    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