Independence Parks & Rec... #justbekind


The Independence Parks and Recreation Department (IPRD) 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 Independence. Through continued efforts, we will promote and improve our present activities and facilities to enrich the quality of life and pride in our community.

Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex Turf Infield Project- 

Donation & Sponsorship Opportunities including: Field Naming (1 Field still available), Dugout Sponsorship (3 Dugouts still available), & Outfield Fence Sign Available- Call Bob Beatty @ 319-215-5832. Check out recognition photos and write-ups of all the wonderful and generous businesses and individuals who are supporting this amazing project. Posts are on Facebook.

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The snow has melted but the ground is still soft, we will be back at the Complex soon completing work that still needs to be done. All of the turf infields are completed, pitching mounds have been delivered, new fence cap has been installed, and the new tournament director's shed has been insulated. Photo Credit Above: T. Sherrets/ Progress photos have been and will continue to be posted on our Facebook pages at  or

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We are looking for teams to play in our River'sEDGE Bags Tournament Fundraiser on Friday, February 23rd @ River'sEDGE!!! Information flier to the left;) 

Grab a friend or group of friends and enjoy a night of fun with us!!!

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IPRD Summer Ball Team Sponsorship Letters (Informational letters about opportunities to sponsor an IPRD Summer Baseball/ Softball (Little League) Team) are being mailed to local businesses this week... If you own a business or work for a business that may want to sponsor a summer ball team, letters/ forms are available at the Falcon Civic Center.

Falcon Civic Center 



Monday- Friday 6am- 8pm

Saturday 8am- 4pm 

Sunday 12pm- 4pm

Call 319-334-6711 Monday- Friday between 8am- 4pm to book room rentals at the Falcon Civic Center. REMINDER: Children under 7 years of age MUST be accompanied and under direct supervision of a responsible parent or adult guardian at all times!! PLEASE FOLLOW ALL RULES!! REMINDER: If you do not have a membership to the Falcon Civic Center, you MUST pay the daily admission fee. 24HR Access to the Falcon Civic Center is available to patrons with yearly memberships for a 1-time $25 fee. IF YOU ARE NOT AT LEAST 16YRS OF AGE & DO NOT HAVE 24HR ACCESS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING DURING UNSTAFFED HOURS. Call us @ 319-334-6711 for details or inquire at the front desk!! 




Monday- Friday 3:30-8pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm

Follow or Like the River'sEDGE Sport & Fitness Facebook Page. 24HR Access is available. The multi-purpose room is also available for rentals. 

If you have questions about the facility, please leave a detailed message for the River'sEDGE Manager @ 319-332-1525 and he will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.  

A Membership to the Falcon Civic Center does NOT transfer to River'sEDGE or vice versa. 

2024 River'sEDGE Teams Off-Season Workouts-- ALL MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE DUE NOW~ PAY TODAY!!! ($199 Single/ $239 Duo/ $259 Family- All RE Team Memberships include 24Hr Access)

RE Pre-Season Practice Schedule 2024 (started in January)
5-6pm Morgan 12BB/ Beatty 10SB
6-7pm Ratchford 11BB/ Trumblee 10BB
7-8pm Hopkins 9BB/ Donnelly 10BB
5-6pm Lake 8B/ Marquart 12BB
6-7pm Bland 8SB
7-8pm Reed SB
5-6pm Bethune 12SB/ Estling 11BB
6-7pm Kegler 12BB/ Loughren 12BB
7-8:15pm All 13u Baseball
6-7pm Schmitt 9BB
7-8:15pm All 16u Softball
5-6pm Hookom 10SB
6-7pm Jenkins 12SB/ Stenger 8BB

Typically up to two cages should be available for public use each night at River'sEDGE. If you would like to rent a batting or pitching cage, please call River'sEDGE @ 319-332-1525 to reserve. We do our best to accommodate as many ball players as we can. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we work together.

River'sEDGE Non-Team Memberships- $199 Single/ $239 Duo/ $259 Family- DOES NOT INCLUDE the 24HR ACCESS- Must pay an additional $25 to add 24Hr Access.

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2024 River'sEDGE Baseball & Softball Tournaments Info Fliers...

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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 the IPRD office directly @ 319-334-6711 or LIKE US on Facebook. 

PLEASE NOTE: Information is constantly changing from many of our original publications and social media outlets. 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 for your understanding.

Financial Assistance Opportunities...

It is our GOAL to ensure that EVERY child who wants to participate in the 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.

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The 2024 Independence Parks & Recreation ACTIVITY GUIDE is available in hard copy at the Falcon Civic Center. (Books were delivered to K-3rd Graders on the ICSD including SJS School.) It is also available online by clicking on IPRD Activity Guide on the left of this page.


  • WE ARE HIRING! BECOME A PART OF OUR TEAM!! The IPRD is looking to hire qualified, motivated, and energetic individuals interested in working with and serving children and adults in recreational type settings as well as those individuals with the desire to enhance the parks system through a variety of beautification projects. We are hiring for many part-time and seasonal positions through the summer. Call 319-334-6711 to discuss positions we are looking to hire for. The City of Independence is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/Disability/Veteran Applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center.
  • We are currently ACCEPTING SPONSORSHIPS for our Summer IPRD Little League Teams (Due April 15th). Forms are available at the Falcon Civic Center. We will also mail letters to local businesses and past sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a team in our Summer Ball Leagues, please feel free to contact us @ 319-334-6711.
  • INDEE BARK PARK MEMBERSHIPS- $25 per year with proof of vaccinations. We also sell day passes to the dog park for $3 per dog per day. Passes/ Tags may be purchased at the Falcon Civic Center.
  • ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LIFEGUARD OR LOOKING FOR A RE-CERTIFICATION CLASS- Classes are now being offered across the State of Iowa. Spring gets busy, why not take a class this winter??? FYI... The Independence Parks & Recreation Department hires all certified guards to work at the Independence Aquatic Center. The City of Independence is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/Disability/Veteran. Please check out the updated list of classes being offered across the State of Iowa @ An informational flier in hard copy is available at the Falcon Civic Center or on Facebook at
  • 2024 Falcon Civic Center Membership & Daily Admission Pricing- One Year- Family $215, Adult $155, Student & Senior (60yrs +) $130 (24Hr Access Available to yearly members for a 1-time fee of $25- call 319-334-6711 for details)// 6-Month- Family $150, Adult $115, Student & Senior $90// 3-Month- $90, Adult $75, Student & Senior $60// Daily- Adult-$5, Student (12&up)-$4 or (Under 12)-$3, Senior-$4/ Walking in the Gym $ .50 per day// We accept cash and check (amount only). We accept credit/debit cards (w/ minimal processing fee charged) on the SQUARE. REMINDER: Children under 7 years of age MUST be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult guardian at all times. You must be at least 16yrs of age and have an FCC membership with 24hr access to be in the building during unstaffed hours. 
  • 2024 River'sEDGE Membership Pricing- RE Team 2024 Yearly Membership Fees: Family $259+ usage of 3 cages (Includes 24Hr access), Duo $239 + usage of 2 cages (Includes 24Hr access), Single $199 + usage of 1 cage (Includes 24Hr access)// RE Non-Team 2024 Yearly Membership Fees: Family $259 + usage of 3 cages (+ $25 for 24Hr access), Duo $239 + usage of 2 cages (+ $25 for 24Hr access), Single $199 + usage of 1 cage (+ $25 for 24 Hr access)// RE Day User Pass- $3 + Cage Rental Fees vary depending on the cages used// 24HR Access Available// Call 319-332-1525 for details.
  • DODGEBALL FOR 2ND-6TH GRADERS- Register and pay at River'sEDGE (M-F 3:30-8pm or S&S 10am-4pm)/ We will play in the large room at River'sEDGE. NO Instruction, just a fun chance to get together and play dodgeball!! Program will meet on 3 Tuesdays (March 5th, 12th & 19th) with the 2nd-4th Graders meeting @ 4:30-5pm and the 5th-6th Graders meeting @ 5-5:30pm. Cost is $15. Participants should wear tennis shoes. 
  • CROSS-TRAINING w/ JANET BULS... 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.
  • MAIN'S PEAK PERFORMANCE TAEKWONDO (TKD)-  Classes are held on Mondays (Wednesdays at various times thru the year) & Thursdays @ 4:45-6pm at River'sEDGE. These classes are open to anyone. For updated information, please Like & Follow on Facebook @ Main's Peak Performance of Independence. HOLIDAY CLASSES: Wednesday, 12/20- Regular Forms Class @ 4:45pm/ Thursday, 12/21- Christmas Party @ 4:45pm/ Wednesday, 12/27- Regular Class with some games @ 4:45pm (Only class the week of Christmas)/ After the first of the year- 1/2, 1/3, 1/4- Regular Class @ 4:45pm
  • WIFFLEBALL FOR 4-5-6-YEAR-OLDS- CLASS IS FULL, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED- Open to boys and girls 4-5-6-yr-old/ Participants will be taught how to play t-ball indoors (wiffleball)/ This program will meet on Thursdays (March 7th, 14th & 21st) from 5:15-6pm @ the Falcon Civic Center/ Due to limited gym space, we will only accept 20 participants. 
  • BIRTHDAY PARTY RENTAL- The Falcon Civic Center (Gym and Kitchen) is available to rent for a $125 for a 2 1/2 hour party (includes all set up, tear down, and clean up- done by the renter and within the time of the rental.) Call Judy @ 319-334-6711/ M-F/ between 8am- 4pm to check availability and book your rental.
  • ROOM RENTAL RATES @ RIVER'SEDGE- $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. Please call 319-332-1525, the River'sEDGE Manager will return your call.
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