Welcome to the IPRD...


 The Independence Parks and Recreation Department is a team of professionals committed to facilitating the growth and development of recreational opportunities, as well as managing the care and upkeep of park land in the Independence area. Through continued efforts, we will promote and improve our present activities and facilities to enrich the quality of life and pride in our community.


For the most UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION regarding the Independence Parks & Recreation Department (IPRD), the facilities, buildings, programs, leagues, special events, clinics & classes we offer, please contact our Parks & Rec office directly @ 319-334-6711 or FOLLOW US on Facebook.                     PLEASE NOTE: Information is constantly changing from many of our original publications. The information on Google may NOT be the most  up-to-date information. If you are going to use Google as your search engine, please make sure you actually click on our links to obtain the most up-to-date information including hours of operation and current fees. Google does not always update as efficiently as we need them to in order to keep up with all our changes. The Independence Parks & Recreation Department (IPRD) reserves the right to add, remove, modify, postpone, or cancel programs, leagues, classes, special events, and facilities operations we offer due to but not limited to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, lack of enrollment, and/or other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

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Falcon Civic Center HOURS


Monday- Friday 6am- 8pm

Saturday 8am- 4pm 

Sunday 12-4pm (If Staff Available)

Call 319-334-6711: Monday- Friday between 8am- 4pm to book room rentals at the Falcon Civic Center & River'sEDGE (transferring to the River'sEDGE Manager to handle over the next couple of weeks). 24HR Access to the Falcon Civic Center is available. Patrons with yearly memberships may purchase 24HR access for a 1-time $25 fee. Call us @ 319-334-6711 for details or inquire at the front desk!! We look forward to helping you!!

River’sEDGE Staffed HOURS 


Monday- Friday 3:30pm-8pm

Saturday  & Sunday 10am- 4pm

Please call ahead to check staffing, details about the facility, and rental availability- 319-332-1525 or 319-334-6711 

On behalf of the Independence Parks & Recreation Department, we would like to welcome Trenton Cabell as our new River'sEDGE/ Complex Manager. Trenton is in the process of learning all about the facility and all that entails. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance as it is a lot to take in. Join us in welcoming Trenton. We are happy to have him here and look forward to working with him.

Please feel free to contact the Independence Parks & Recreation Department @ 319-334-6711 concerning room rentals. 

Financial Assistance Opportunities...

It is our GOAL to ensure that EVERY child who wants to participate in the parks and recreation programs we offer, has every OPPORTUNITY to do so. If you express a financial need and qualify under the State of Iowa Income Guidelines, you may be eligible for assistance. Please complete and submit the Financial Assistance Form (available at the Falcon Civic Center) (must be completed annually) along with a copy of your previous year's income tax return to the IPRD Director for approval. Approval takes place Monday- Friday from 8am-3:30pm and will take at least 1 business day to process. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.


Good to Know Info...

  • Falcon Civic Center Membership & Daily Admission Pricing- One Year- Family $190, Adult $145, Student & Senior (60yrs +) $115 (24Hr Access Available to yearly members for a 1-time fee of $25- call 319-334-6711 for details)// 6-Month- Family $110, Adult $90, Student & Senior $75// 3-Month- $75, Adult $60, Student & Senior $50// Daily- Adult $4, Student (12&up) $3 or (Under 12) $2, Senior $3/ Walking in the Gym $ .50// We do accept cash, check (amount only), and credit/debit cards (minimal processing fee charged)   
  • BAT DEMO DAY @ River'sEDGE (206 2nd Ave SW, Independence)- Wednesday, 12/7- 4-8pm- Your chance to test out the hottest baseball and fastpitch bats on the market from the top manufacturers! Try before you buy! Bats from the following manufacturers on hand: Axe, DeMarini, Easton, Louisville, Marucci, and Rawlings. Discount pricing on all bats and gear for baseball and softball players. We will also be taking orders and bringning other gear you might need to complete your Christmas List! GREAT pricing on Gloves, Catchers, Gear, Oakleys, Custom Wood Bats and More! Schroeder Baseball is bringing a new level of service to the baseball community! Follow us at Facebook.com/Schroederbaseball or cell: 641-203-0734 or email schroederbaseballgear@gmail.com

  • 25th ANNUAL "JUST FOR KIDS" HOLIDAY STORE... Join us at the Falcon Civic Center on Saturday, December 10th, 2022 between 9am- 12noon for our 25th Annual "Just for Kids" Holiday Store at the Falcon Civic Center. This special event is a day for children of ALL ages to come out and finish up their holiday shopping for family and friends. Crafters will be on hand to sell small items for under $10 to the children shopping that day. Volunteers will be on hand to wrap gifts and help make the day go smoothly. Volunteers and Donations of wrapping supplies are needed!! Contact Angie @ 319-334-6711 or email angieiprd@independenceia.org if interested.

  • LETTERS to SANTA- The special mailbox has been placed at the Falcon Civic Center and will remain there thru December 19th. Children may drop their letter to Santa in the mailbox with their return address written legibly on the letter and Santa will mail a response letter back to your child. Letters may also be mailed to: Santa Claus, c/o Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Avenue NE, Independence, IA 50644

  • YOUTH BASKETBALL- 3rd & 4th Grade Boys Basketball League offered for boys currently in 3rd or 4th grade. Teams of combined 3rd/4th graders have been divided and will be scheduled to play 5-on-5 games. Practices are arranged by volunteer coaches in this league. Games are played on Saturday Mornings beginning at 9am. Due to the low number of teams in this league (4), we will play games for 4 weeks at the Falcon Civic Center Gym from November 26th- December 17th. PLEASE NOTE: On December 10th- Due to the "Just for Kids" Holiday Store being held in the Falcon Civic Center Gym from 9-12noon. Basketball Games for that day will be played @ 1:30pm, 2:15pm & 3:00pm. Youth Basketball for girls 3rd- 6th Grade and Boys in 5th-6th Grade is offered through School Club Basketball. Contact Independence High School Coaches for information or check social media.  The Independence High School Boys Basketball Coach, Chad Beatty, has invited the 3rd & 4th Grade Boys playing IPRD Basketball to attend a skills camp on Wednesday, December 28th @ 6pm at the Independence Jr/Sr High School Gym. 

  • Main's Peak Performance TaeKwonDo (TKD)-  Like & Follow on Facebook @ Main's Peak Performance of Independence. Classes are held at 4:45-6pm on Mondays & Thursdays @ River'sEDGE and the cost is $30 per month. Fees are due by the 5th of each month. We are in the process of hiring a River'sEDGE/ Complex Manager, until that is done, you may register and pay either River'sEDGE or the Falcon Civic Center.

  • Cross Training Strength/ Cardio Classes... Classes will be offered M-W-F from 5:45-6:30am at the Falcon Civic Center Gym. Cost is $30 per month or $4 per time. Focus includes cardio & intervals of strength training. All levels of fitness are welcome. Instructor, Janet Buls. Instructor works with the class and moves at each individual's pace, so everyone is successful. Reminder: Please check with your physician before beginning this or any exercise program. Register and pay at the Falcon Civic Center.

  • YOGA with JANET BULS- Classes will run January 9th- February 15th on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6-6:45pm in the large meeting room at the Falcon Civic Center. Cost is $40 for the entire class or $4 drop-in fee per night. Register & Pay at the Falcon Civic Center.

  • Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Classes offered this winter- Information flier available at the Falcon Civic Center. Classes offered in Iowa City in December by Kate Connell. Contact Kate via email @ KConnell@iowa-city.org. Classes offered at the University of Northern Iowa in December. Contact Danielle O;Connor @ swimlessons@uni.edu or visit online @ recreation.uni.edu/certifications. Classes offered in North Liberty in January. Contact abjork@northlibertyiowa.org

  • ROOM RENTAL RATES @ RIVER'SEDGE CHANGED- $50 minimum daily rental fee for 1 hour, $30 per hour if over 1 hour & $200 maximum daily rental fee. Additional $50 if you would like to set-up the day before actual rental day. Rental Times include all set-up (including caterers and other service staff), tear-down, and clean-up which is required to be done by the renter.

  • PICKLEBALL- The Falcon Civic Center opens the gym on Thursdays @ 9am for those who want to come in and play pick-up pickleball games with others who like pickleball as much as you or those who just want to try it out. The pickleball court will be set up every Thursday (Please Note: Pickleball will not be available on Holidays or days that school is not in session). Free to Members of the Falcon Civic Center & $3.00 per day for non-members of the Falcon Civic Center.
  • Independence Bark Park- $3 per dog per day or As of January 2023, the cost for a yearly membership to the Indee Bark Park is $25.00 per dog with proof of vaccination. GREAT ADDITION... The dog agility and playground equipment has been installed at the Indee Bark Park. Dogs and their humans are enjoying it!!
  • For up-to-date information concerning the facilities we run, the programs we offer and the classes we provide, please LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGES: https://www.facebook.com/indeeparksandrec/    https://www.facebook.com/riversedgesportfitness/         https://www.facebook.com/independenceaquaticcenter