General pool information
The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operates three pools: the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center pool, 220 S. Gilbert St., the Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., and City Park pool (seasonally), 200 Park Rd.
- Aquatics facility descriptions (pools + park splash features)
- Pool admission fee
- Pool schedule
- Swim lessons
Registration for the 2018 summer swim lesson program begins Wednesday, April 25 at 8 a.m., both online and in-person. To read full descriptions of each level, check our activity guide: www.icgov.org/activityregistration.
The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department believes that every kid deserves to learn to swim. Learn more about the Swim Lesson Scholarship program.
Water Exercise classes are available at Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Robert A. Lee Recreation Center pools. Click here for Water Exercise class information.
Indoor pool facility schedules:
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center pool
Mercer Park Aquatic Center pool
Due to unseasonably high temperatures and continued construction on the air conditioning system, the Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym (MPACSG) will close May 30, 2018 and remain closed until Monday, June 18. Programs and services will be relocated to other facilities to ensure the comfort and safety of staff and patrons. Recreation supervisors will reach out to those currently enrolled in programs scheduled at MPACSG to confirm alternative locations.
Outdoor pool facility schedule:
City Park pool
To help accommodate swimmers from the Mercer Park Aquatic Center closure (see above), ICPR staff will open City Park pool for adult lap swim from 11:30-8 p.m., May 30-June 1, 2018. The regular summer schedule (below) will take effect on Saturday, June 2.
Summer City Park pool schedule (effective June 2 through mid-Aug.)
*Please refer to the Parks and Recreation main page for up-to-date notifications regarding pool closures or special hours. The notices can be found at the very top of the page.
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center Pool
Located in the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center pool is located at 220 S. Gilbert Street in downtown Iowa City. This is an L-shaped pool featuring a 25-yard main body, with the water ranging from 3 to 5 feet in this area. The bottom of the ‘L’ is a 10-foot deep diving well which does not have a diving board. There is a wading pool area which requires children to have adult supervision. This pool is in operation on a year-round basis.
Mercer Park Aquatic Center
Located in Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym
2701 Bradford Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240
The Mercer Park Aquatic Center is divided into three separate sections. The deep section is on the east end of the pool. This section is 25 yards long; depth ranges from 4'6" to 12' and contains two (2) one-meter diving boards. The middle section is 25 yards long; depth ranges from 4'2" to 4'6". The shallow section is on the west end of the pool. It is approximately 2'6" to 4'. There is an outside wading pool area which requires children to have adult supervision.
The Mercer Park Aquatic Center is equipped with a 12-person spa. Use of the spa is restricted to adults (16 years or older) and children who are directly supervised by a responsible adult (someone 16 years or older). Those with heart conditions, high blood pressure, pregnant women, young children and others with health concerns should consult a physician before using the spa. To ensure proper function of the spa, the pool manager reserves the right to restrict use by children (15 years and younger) during times of peak use. The spa is not open for use during times reserved for swimming lessons.
City Park Pool
Located in City Park
200 E. Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52245
The City Park pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. This is a T-shaped pool featuring a super shallow area on both sides of the ‘T,’ a 50-meter and 25-yard lap swim area, and two (2) one-meter and two (2) three-meter diving boards. The pool depth ranges from 1 to 14 feet. The facility also features a small wading pool for use by young children being directly supervised by a responsible adult (16 years or older).
City Park pool, 200 Park Rd., is currently closed for the season. In general, City Park pool is open seasonally. Opening and closing dates are weather dependent. For the 2018 season, the pool will be open June 2 through Labor Day.
Iowa City Parks and Recreation manages three splash features: the Wetherby Park Splash Pad, 2400 Taylor Drive, the Fairmeadows Park Splash Pad, 2500 Miami Drive, and the Tower Court Park Spray Pad, 1124 Tower Ct. The features are touch-activated, and the water turns off after a designated period of time.
The splash features operate 9 a.m.-8 p.m., daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day (weather dependent). There is no fee to use these splash features.