Recreation

Summer Recreation Registration 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Summer Recreation Registration starts Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 7 a.m. 

View the Summer Recreation Guide online now!


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

    Party in the Park

    Party in the Park is a weekly summer party in various parks that celebrates summer in Iowa City. The event takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday between June 2 and Aug. 18, 2022. Each event has live music, lawn games, craft activities, and the Iowa City Public Library's Bookmobile!

    Here is the guide to all Party in the Park events.

    • June 2: James Alan McPherson Park, 1858 7th Ave Court.
    • June 9: Scott Park, 640 S. Scott Boulevard. 
    • June 16: Thornberry Dog Park, 1867 Foster Road.
    • June 23: Glendale Park, 1250 E. Jefferson St. 
    • June 30: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Drive. 
    • July 7: Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive.
    • July 14: Mercer Park, 1317 Dover St.
    • July 21: Kiwanis Park, 1519 Teg Drive. 
    • July 28: Hickory Hill Park, 1439 E. Bloomington St.
    • Aug. 4: Frauenholtz-Miller Park, 4329 St. Patricks Drive.
    • Aug. 11: Hunters Run Park, 1050 Duck Creek Drive. 
    • Aug. 18: North Market Square Park, 600 Fairchild St. 

    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