Beat the heat – enjoy one of Iowa City’s many public spaces to cool off and stay active. 

Hot and humid weather with heat index values over 100 degrees are forecast to remain in the Iowa City area through Saturday, July 22, 2017. The City of Iowa City reminds residents and visitors that several City facilities are available for the public to enjoy while staying cool. 

Recreation Centers

Our two recreation centers offer air-conditioned space and a variety of indoor recreational opportunities. Note that open gym time is limited due to summer programming. Both facilities are open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.
  • Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr.

City Pools

The City's three pools provide opportunities to escape the heat. The drop-in swim fee is $4 per person. Swim passes are also available. 

Splash and Spray Pads

Splash and spray pads are open daily until 8 p.m. and require no fee. They are located at:

  • Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Fairmeadows Park, 2500 Miami Dr.
  • Tower Court Park, 1124 Tower Ct.

Public Library

The Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., is available for people to cool off while starting a new book or browsing a variety of materials for check out. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8  p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday; noon to 5 p.m.  (something is off on the hours/days)

Senior Center

The Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street, is open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Visitors can learn about the many programs available for seniors, read a magazine or grab a book from the Center’s library.

Date of publication

Thursday, July 20, 2017