Iowa City Parks and Recreation needs your help reimagining recreation by providing your input during the engagement phase of the recreation master planning process. The information generated from this effort will be used to create the Gather Here Recreation Master Plan

The plan will gather input from the public, examine existing facilities, and provide guidance for the future facility improvements and recreation programming in the following areas:

  • Existing recreation facilities
    • City Park Pool
    • Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym
    • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
  • Outdoor sports fields
  • Recreation activities, programs, and events

Public input will be gathered during the next few months. A draft plan will be developed based on the feedback received and will be available for the public to review and comment on this winter. This process does not include parks, trails, and playgrounds as they were a part of the 2017 Gather Here Park Master Plan.

Feedback from the community is critical to the development of the master plan. There are a variety of ways for residents to get involved in-person and online

In-person Rec N' Roll events

  • Sundays 3 - 5 p.m.
    • September 26 - Mercer Park
    • October 3 - Fairmeadows Park
    • October 10 - Hunters Run Park
    • October 17 - Wetherby Park
    • October 24 - Scott Park
    • October 31 - Happy Hollow Park

In addition to the in-person Rec N' Roll events, passive feedback opportunities will be available at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, located at 220 S. Gilbert Street, and Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym, located at 2701 Bradford Drive. 

Read about the project by selecting a language below.

Please visit to learn more about the master plan project phases and opportunities to share feedback through online forums and surveys

Date of publication

Friday, September 24, 2021