Labor Day weekend marks a transition between summer and fall -- and that includes the seasonal closures or schedule changes for some of Iowa City’s outdoor recreational amenities.


City Park Pool

This weekend, get in one last swim at City Park Pool before it closes at the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Hours for Iowa City’s only outdoor pool, located in Upper City Park on Park Road, are as follows:

  • Pool and wading pool open at 11:30 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Public swim, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Lap swim in the deep end, 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Twilight swim, 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $4 per person for ages 3 and older. Children aged 2 and under are admitted at no charge. Admission for twilight swim is $2 per person.


Outdoor water features

Because continued warm weather may occur in September, Parks and Recreation staff have decided to keep some outdoor water play features open for the time being. Closure dates have not yet been set for the splash pads at Wetherby and Fairmeadows Parks, the spray pad at Tower Court Park, or the fountain on the Downtown Ped Mall, so on warm days when you need to cool off, you can still enjoy any of these play areas.


Dog Paddle

Before City Park Pool is drained for the season, we'll let the dogs in to take a dip! The 13th Annual Dog Paddle is scheduled Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 from 3 to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

All participating dogs must have current license or proof of rabies vaccination, be friendly with humans and other dogs, and be in good general health. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in the pool area during the event.

The Dog Paddle is sponsored by the City of Iowa City and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF). Registration forms are available at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street or on the FACF website at


City Park rides

Now that summer is winding down, the carnival rides at City Park will operate only on weekends until they’re closed for the season on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Until then, stop by any Saturday or Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. for a ride on the carousel, the train, the little ferris wheel or other rides. Tickets are $1 per ride or $8 for a 10-punch card, which may be purchased on-site or at the Robert A. Lee or Mercer / Scanlon recreational facilities.


For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Information Desk at 319-356-5100.



Date of publication

Thursday, September 03, 2015