Recreation

 

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Fall Recreation Registration 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Fall Recreation Registration begins at 7am Tuesday, August 16, 2022 for Iowa City residents. Non-resident registration opens at 7 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 

View the Fall Recreation Guide online now!

 

Interested in learning about financial assistance for our programs. Learn more and apply for our Rec Assist program!

 


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.


Rec Assist

Iowa City Parks and Recreation has something for everyone! We are accepting applications for Rec Assist, our income eligible discount program. One application for Iowa City residents is valid for the entire calendar year.

Follow link to application: Rec Assist Application

Rec & Ride

Iowa City Parks and Recreation offers free bus passes to residents when attending any recreation facility or any of our special events in our parks. For more information or to receive a pass, ask facility or event staff.


Special Events

 

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Science & Technology House Party
This event is postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned for updates.

Spark your little one's love for science, technology, engineering, art, and math at our fall STEAM information event where we will show off our newest equipment. Engage in hands-on activities featuring robotics, drones, microscopes, building, and making music.

Budding STEAMers will also find out more about our STEAM classes and how to register.

This free event is designed for the whole family to enjoy . Suggested age for youth participants is five-years and older.

 

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Yoga in the Park
9:30-10:15 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24
College Green Park

This outdoor yoga practice provides a full-body balanced workout combining strength, cardio, & mindfulness. We'll move our bodies joyfully & connect safely. Bring an exercise mat and a filled water bottle. Be sure to stop by the Iowa City Farmers Market just around the corner at the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp before or after the session! 

This yoga session is free and open to the public but is geared toward adults.

 

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Try Fishing
1-3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 
Lower City Park- Shelter # 7

Try Fishing allows elementary school children to try their hand at fishing with support from trained staff! Fishing basics will be taught and kids and families will enjoy fish-related activities, including gyotaku fish painting, fish short stories, and a casting game. Bait and poles will be provided.

This event will take place at the large pond in Lower City Park. Check-in at Shelter #7. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Parents must assist and supervise children at all stations. Iowa DNR and the Iowa City Public Library will also be assisting with this event! 

 

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Yoga in the Park
9:30-10:15 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15
College Green Park

This outdoor yoga practice provides a full-body balanced workout combining strength, cardio, & mindfulness. We'll move our bodies joyfully & connect safely. Bring an exercise mat and a filled water bottle. Be sure to stop by the Iowa City Farmers Market just around the corner at the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp before or after the session! 

This yoga session is free and open to the public but is geared toward adults.

 

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Sensory Friendly Halloween Carnival
4-5 pm
Friday, Oct. 21
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Experience Halloween-themed carnival games, STEAM activities, and outdoor activities. This event is designed for neurodivergent individuals who benefit from a more sensory-friendly, low-stimulation event. This event is generously supported by Hills Bank.

 

 
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Halloween Carnival
5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, Oct. 21
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Families are invited to dress up and party with us during the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department's annual Halloween Carnival! The event will feature Halloween-themed carnival games, a spooky garden party, craft and STEAM activities, outdoor activity stations, and visits from partner organizations including the Iowa Children's Museum, Iowa City Public Library, Backyard Abundance, Iowa City Fire Department, Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Conservation, and more. Carnival prizes and other giveaways will be available throughout the event. This event is generously supported by Hills Bank.

 

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Holiday Market
8 am-1 pm
Saturday, Nov. 12
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Our annual holiday markets provide a wonderful opportunity to purchase thoughtful handmade gifts for your friends and loved ones while supporting local farmers and artisans. Vendors will offer a wide variety of products including homemade, handcrafted, seasonal gifts, and food available for purchase.

There is no entry fee and vendors will be set up in both the 1st floor gymnasium and the second floor social hall of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

There will be two chances to shop!  Saturday, Nov. 12: 8 am- 1 pm and Saturday, Dec. 17: 8 am- 1 pm

 

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Holiday Market
8 am-1 pm
Saturday, Nov. 12
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Our annual holiday markets provide a wonderful opportunity to purchase thoughtful handmade gifts for your friends and loved ones while supporting local farmers and artisans. Vendors will offer a wide variety of products including homemade, handcrafted, seasonal gifts, and food available for purchase.

There is no entry fee and vendors will be set up in both the 1st floor gymnasium and the second floor social hall of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

There will be two chances to shop!  Saturday, Nov. 12: 8 am- 1 pm and Saturday, Dec. 17: 8 am- 1 pm


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