Iowa City Parks & Recreation will be reopening Mercer Pool for reserved lap swim on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Reservations will be available for 45-minute blocks from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations are required and are available on an ongoing basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.

Both residents of Iowa City and non-residents can make reservations, which cost $4 per lane per block. Reservations will be for 45-minute lap swimming or water walking blocks for adults 16-years or older. Parents or guardians of children between the ages of 12 and 15-years-old must reserve an additional lane in conjunction with their adult reservation. No one will be admitted without a reservation.

How to reserve a lap swim time

Reservations may be made online at, via the Active Net activity registration system, or call 319-356-5100 to reserve your time.

No one will be admitted without a reservation. Visitors will be asked to follow the general COVID-19 safety practices and guidelines. Those include maintaining 6 feet of distance from one another, wearing a mask when not actively in the water, refraining from gathering, and exiting the facility promptly at the end of the reservation.

Currently, all pool passes are suspended. Passes purchased before pool facilities were officially closed on March 16, 2020, will be honored when the pools resume regular operations. If a pass holder would prefer a refund instead of an extension, they may request one by contacting Sydney Stodola at

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Date of publication

Thursday, December 10, 2020