Break out the sunscreen and bathing suits because City Park Pool and the splash pads will open to the public this summer.

City Park Pool

City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. Its doors first opened on June 11, 1949. Parks Staff have been working hard to prepare the 72-year-old pool for the 2021 season. During preparations, an unexpected crack was located in the surge tank. Repairs are underway, but will delay the pool from making its traditional Memorial Day debut. Once repairs are completed, the pool is expected to open on Saturday, June 5, 2021. We are looking forward to welcoming back customers for the season.

City Park Pool will host several special events throughout the summer including Pride at the Pool from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Activities will include a reading of "Julian is a Mermaid" from one of Iowa City's local Drag Queens. For more information about this event or others visit

Private pool rentals for birthday parties, reunions, and other social gatherings will remain unavailable at this time. 

Aquatic updates and details including pool schedules and pricing are available by visiting

Splash Pads

Iowa City splash pads are open daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., beginning Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 29 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. There is no fee to use the splash pads. Closures will occur throughout the season for weather and maintenance. For more information on pool or splash pad closures, visit Iowa City Parks and Recreation Rainout Line.

Splash pad locations:

  • Wetherby Splash Pad, 2400 Taylor Drive
  • Fairmeadows Splash Pad, 2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Spray Pad, 1124 Tower Court

Date of publication

Wednesday, May 26, 2021