Iowa City Parks and Recreation has wrapped up the first phase of public engagement for the Gather Here Recreation Master Plan. During the first phase, the department collected public feedback through in-person planned and pop-up events, passive feedback opportunities, and through online surveys and discussion boards. Over 1,000 responses were received. 

The first engagement phase also included a series of community focus groups. Additionally, a statistically valid survey has been mailed to 400 random Iowa City residences. These mailed surveys are an integral part of the master planning process and the public is encouraged to participate. Your survey feedback will help shape the future of Iowa City recreation.

A second engagement phase will be introduced this winter and will enable residents the opportunity to provide additional comment. 

All information compiled during the engagement phase will be used to create the Gather Here Recreation Master Plan. The plan will provide guidance for 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 

The final plan will be available for public review in 2022. Feedback from the community is critical to the development of the master plan. This process does not include parks, trails, and playgrounds as they were a part of the 2017 Gather Here Park Master Plan.

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

Date of publication

Monday, November 22, 2021