Pools

Pool Hours, Pricing & COVID Updates

Individuals using the pool will be required to continue to wear masks when in communal spaces (bathrooms, locker rooms, check-in desks) and when not in the water unless they are using deck furniture or eating and drinking.

Although subject to change due to special events, swim meets, and once summer lessons and day camp usage begin, you can expect our Mercer Park Aquatic Center hours to generally be:

Saturday and Sunday
8 - 11 a.m. Lap Swim & Water Walking
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open Swim (we always have some lanes available for Lap Swim & Water Walking)


Monday - Friday
6:15 - 11 a.m. Lap Swim & Water Walking
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lap Swim & Water Walking
1:30 - 8 p.m. Open Swim (we always have some lanes available for Lap Swim & Water Walking

Please view our monthly pool schedules

View our pool pricing. 

Please refer to RainOut Line for up-to-date notifications regarding pool closures and delays due to weather, or maintenance. 


Pool Rules

To read the pool rules in the language of your choice select one of the links below.


Swim Lessons Scholarship

Learning to swim is a life skill of which everyone should have access to. The Swim Lesson Scholarship Program aims to eliminate financial barriers for Iowa City residents needing basic swim instruction to create a community filled with competent swimmers with safety awareness around water. To learn more about the Swim Lesson Scholarship program or to apply.


Summer Aquatics Lessons 

We offer swim lessons at all three pools, including:

  • American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Levels: Parent-Child 1-2, Preschool 1-3, and Levels 1-6
  • Custom Private Lessons: scheduled based on enrollees scheduling preferences
  • Arranged Private Lessons: scheduled at arranged times at our facilities
  • Adaptive Private Lessons: designed for individuals with mental or physical disabilities

Summer recreation registration begins Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 8 am. Age will be determined by the start of the program date. To learn more about the summer aquatics programs offered by Iowa City Parks and Recreation or to register online through ActiveNet click on the program categories below.

For a full view of available lessons, please view the summer 2021 swim lesson matrix.


Water Exercise Classes

Water exercise classes are currently offered at Mercer Park Aquatic Center Pool and City Park Pool. Register for classes online through ActiveNet. 

We typically offer the following classes:

  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
  • Deep and Shallow Water Classes
  • Low, Moderate, High-intensity Classes

Aquatic Facilities

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center Pool

Located in the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Pool Temperature: 83 - 85°

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 that does not have a diving board. There is a wading pool area that requires children to have adult supervision. This pool is in operation on a year-round basis.

Mercer Park Aquatic Center pool
Mercer Park Aquatic Center pool
Mercer Park Aquatic Center

Located in Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym
2701 Bradford Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

Pool Temperature:  79 - 81°

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 that requires children to have adult supervision.

The Mercer Park Aquatic Center is equipped with a 12-person spa. The 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
City Park Pool
City Park Pool

Located in City Park
200 Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52245

Pool Temperature: Unheated

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 is open seasonally. 

Splash Pads

Iowa City Parks and Recreation manages three splash pads. 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 and maintenance dependent). There is no fee to use these splash pads.  

  • Wetherby Park Splash Pad, 2400 Taylor Drive
  • Fairmeadows Park Splash Pad, 2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Park Spray Pad, 1124 Tower Court

Pool rentals are currently unavailable.

  • Private Pool Rentals: View pool party packages 
  • Organized groups of ten or more people (including daycares, school groups, camps, etc.) are required to contact the Aquatics Program Supervisor prior to their visit to Iowa City pools to ensure space is available. If pools will reach maximum capacity with other group reservations, Aquatics staff may not be able to accommodate.
  • Groups should contact the Aquatics Program Supervisor, Kate Connell, or 319-356-5100.

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Contact Us

Questions? Please contact Recreation Program Supervisor, Kate Connell or 319-887-6127.