COVID-19 Updates

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation will be taking to 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 are required to wear masks.

All measures made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep the users of the City's parks as safe as possible during this pandemic. For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at

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,

Neighborhood Nest Program

Starting Monday, September 21, 2020

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. Activities will be broken into two sections. 1-2:30 pm will focus on academic tutoring and art programming. 2:30-4 pm programming will focus on enrichment activities. The UAY Recording Studio will also have some limited access. The program is held at Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr. Iowa City, IA 52240.

Registration prior to participation is required. Hurry and sign up! Slots are limited!

To register visit: 

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

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Donation Request Form

The Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department (ICPRD) 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. Donations are primarily in the form of daily swim passes although requests for tot time parties or vouchers redeemable for ICPRD programs will also be considered. ICPRD reserves the right to evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to grant a donation, and the item(s) and quantity to be donated.
All requests must be submitted at least three weeks prior to your event for consideration.

Donation request forms can be found online.

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact us at or 319-356-5100.

220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 
Email Address: 
Office Hours: 
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Recreation Center/ Scanlon Gym
Facility Hours:
Monday- Friday, 6:15 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 6:15 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

*Customer service hours start at 8 a.m.