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Iowa City pools: City Park is seeping, rec center swimmers fight likely closure and Mercer may be heating up

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has recommended closing the 58-year-old pool at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, and instead adding a warm water pool at Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym, as part of its Gather […]

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Iowa City Parks and Rec weighs possibility of closing one pool and expanding another

The 58-year-old pool at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center may be permanently closed under the Recreation Facilities and Programs Master Plan. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation department has been working on the master plan for the past year and […]

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Local Foods Roundtable will focus on the stories we tell ourselves about farmers, food and dieting

“If I say the word ‘farmer,’ what do you see? Is it a white man in overalls on top of a tractor?” asked Johnson County Local Foods Coordinator Ilsa DeWald. In reality, farms have many diverse people that work together, […]

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What’s next for Iowa City’s aging recreation facilities?

The City Park Pool is reaching its 73rd season. The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is now 58 years old, and the Mercer Park Aquatic Center is 34. Iowa City’s recreation facilities are getting old. Since last fall, the […]

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The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center is the cultural nexus of Iowa City, but not all are welcome equally

The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, an unimpressive building that looms small in the shadow of The Chauncey, is nevertheless a nexus for the true cultural geography of Iowa City. A relic of mid-century municipal architecture — something of […]

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Iowa City cancels Fourth of July fireworks, closes City Park Pool for the season

Iowa City is canceling its annual Fourth of July fireworks display due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The decision comes in collaboration with the Summer of the Arts, whose annual Iowa City Jazz Festival is held in unison with the City’s […]

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Iowa City announces warming centers for extreme cold weather (Updated)

The lobby of the Iowa City Public Library will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, to provide a warm shelter during the extreme cold temperature, the City of Iowa City announced Tuesday afternoon. Coffee and hot cocoa will be available in the lobby, and the library has mittens, hats and scraves for those who need them. The library itself will be open its normal operating hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. […]

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Robert A. Lee to close for renovations

The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center will be closed to the public from Dec. 11 through Jan. 7, while the center undergoes renovation. The center’s recreational programs and activities will be shifted to other city facilities, and the normal pool schedule at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center will be altered to accommodate programs from Lee Center. […]

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