Pools

COVID-19 Updates

  • The pools at Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym and Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will eventually reopen through a phased-in approach for the limited purpose of lap swimming with increased social distancing and hygiene practices, per the Governor's orders for reopening pools.  

  • We are working towards reopening Mercer Park Aquatic Center for limited lap swim and in-lane water walking with pre-registration Monday- Friday. We are waiting on a state inspection. Once cleared we intend to open within 48 to 72 hours. As of now, the projected date will be mid-July.  

  • City Park Pool will remain closed for 2020 Season.

  • Swimming lessons may return later in the summer/fall as the COVID-19 response plans develop. 

  • Splash pads will open in late June. The splash pad at Weatherby Park will remain closed, due to construction starting in early July. 

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news updates and resources, visit icgov.org/Coronavirus


General Pool Information

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operates three pools and three splash pads throughout Iowa City.

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Pool Temperatures

Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 81°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 85°
City Park Pool: Closed for the 2020 Season due to COVID-19


Swim Lessons

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department believes that every kid deserves to learn to swim. Learn more about the Swim Lesson Scholarship program.

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

To register check our activity guide: www.icgov.org/activityregistration.


    Pool Schedules

    Please refer to the Parks and Recreation main page for up-to-date notifications regarding pool closures or special hours. Please also join Iowa City Parks and Recreation RainOut Line for weather-related closures and delays.

    Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool (CLOSED)

    Mercer Park Aquatic Center Pool (CLOSED)

    City Park Pool (CLOSED for the 2020 Season due to COVID-19)


    Pool Rules


    Water Exercise

    Water Exercise classes are available at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, and City Park pools.

    We offer the following classes:

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

    Pool Rentals

    Available at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and City Park Pool

    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 at kate-connell@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100.


    Aquatics Facilities

    Pools

    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
    ​319-356-5100

    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 which 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

    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. 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 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 is open seasonally. 

    Splash Pads

    Iowa City Parks and Recreation manages three splash pads: 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 pads.  

    Tower Court Park Spray Pad
    Tower Court Park Spray Pad
    Wetherby Park Splash Pad
    Wetherby Park Splash Pad
    Fairmeadows Park Splash Pad
    Fairmeadows Park Splash Pad
     

    Contact Us

    Questions? Please contact Recreation Program Supervisor Kate Connell at kate-connell@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6127.