Independence Parks & Rec. Dept.

Mission Statement


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.
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The 2nd Session of Pre-School Group Swim Lessons runs July 9th- 19th from 6-6:25pm at the Independence Aquatic Center. The Independence Aquatic Center will CLOSE to the public from 5:55-6:30pm on Monday- Thursday for those 2 weeks of lessons. Lessons will be held on Fridays in case of cancellations due to weather. If you paid a daily admission fee and would like to return to the pool after 6:30pm, please ask for a mark on your hand at the front desk before you leave the pool. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Independence Aquatic Center Hours 

SATURDAY- SUNDAY  12-6pm 

MONDAY- FRIDAY  12-8pm

Daily Admission: $3.00 per swimmer & $1.00 per non-swimmer & infant

Season Passes for In City Limits & Out of City Limits (Family & Single) are available for purchase at the Independence Aquatic Center during our normal hours. Cash & Check for the amount ONLY.

Please Note: Children 7 years of age or under must be accompanied and under the watchful eye of an adult or responsible caregiver above the age of 14 in order to be in the Aquatic Center. 

Financial Assistance Options Available...

It is our goal to ensure that EVERY child who would like to participate in the 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) along with a copy of your previous year's income tax return to the IPRD Director for approval. Approval takes place Monday- Friday from 8-3:30pm and will take at least 1 business day to process. Please plan accordingly.

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Falcon Civic Center Summer HOURS

(June 1st- August 31st, 2018)

Monday- Thursday  5:00am- 7:00pm

Friday  5:00am- 6:00pm

Saturday  12noon- 4:00pm

Sunday  CLOSED

River'sEDGE Sport & Fitness HOURS 

CLOSED from July 17th- Labor Day

Classes will still run and Rentals are still being accepted during this time. Please call 319-332-1525 and the River'sEDGE Manager will return your call.

Thank You & Enjoy the rest of your summer!!!


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Independence Parks & Recreation Info. Below...


  • GOOD LUCK to the Independence Mustangs Girls as they compete in the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge- 1st Round on Tuesday, July 17th!!!! Let's Go Girls!!! Mustang Proud!! 
  • ROCFIT will take a break during the month of July. Information will be available once details about the next session offered is determined!! 
  • As of June 5th, Water wings without a chest band are NOT allowed in the Independence Aquatic Center. Due to various safety concerns, we will ask you to remove them from your child. Thank you for your cooperation. ** Independence Aquatic Center Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Independence Aquatic Center under the direction of the Independence Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Independence. **
  • Aerobics: 5:45am M-W-F at the Falcon Civic Center Gym/ Instructor: Janet Buls/ $24 per month or $3 drop-in per time
  • Main's Peak Performance Tae Kwon Do is offered monthly at River'sEDGE. Classes meet on Mondays & Thursdays from 4:45-6:00pm. Our Instructor is Black Belt Tim Main. Cost is $30 per month for 1 child, $50 per month for 2 children and $70 per month for 3 children from the same family. The monthly fee is due by the 5th day of each month or a $4.00 fee will be charged per participant per time until the monthly fee has been settled.
  • We are currently accepting ADULT COED SOFTBALL TEAMS for our upcoming Adult Coed Softball League. The cost is $225 total (includes a $100 refundable umpire deposit) Teams will be scheduled to play as well as umpire. Register at the Falcon Civic Center by August 1st. The games a re tentatively scheduled to begin on August 8th at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex. Games are played on Wednesday evenings and typically begin at 6:30pm.
  • 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/