Independence Parks & Rec. Dept.


Just Play. Enjoy the Game. Have Fun.

Michael Jordan

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 REGISTRATION DEADLINE for IPRD Summer Ball Leagues has been EXTENDED from April 16th- April 21st at the Falcon Civic Center!! 

As of Monday, April 23rd; a late fee will be added to ALL Late Registrations. Teams will be put together the week of April 23rd and a coaches meeting will be held around the 1st of May. Coaches will be in contact with their players after that coaches meeting. Thank you!

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.

Falcon Civic Center SPRING HOURS

(April 1st- May 31st, 2018)

Monday- Thursday  5:00am- 9:00pm

Friday  5:00am- 8:00pm

Saturday  10:00am- 4:00pm

Sunday  CLOSED

River'sEDGE Sport & Fitness HOURS 

Monday- Friday  3:30- 9:00pm

Saturday  10:00am- 4:00pm

Sunday  12:00pm- 6:00pm

Click on NOTIFY ME on the Home Page and follow the steps to receive our Parks & Recreation REC Connect Monthly Newsletter sent directly to you.

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-Independence Parks & Recreation Dept.
- Summer Seasonal: Up to 7 days per week
- Primary duties include: grilling and managerial concessions duties
- Pay depending on qualifications
- Applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Ave NE, Independence IA or online at
- Questions, call 319-334-6711

- Independence Parks & Recreation Dept.
- Immediate openings
- Pay depending on qualifications
- Maintenance and Mowing in the Independence Parks
- Retirees Welcome!!
- Questions, call 319-334-6711 or message us here
- Applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Avenue NE, Independence, IA and also online at

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The Independence Parks & Recreation Department is ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for summer employment!!!

  • Summer Positions include: Parks (mowers, trimmers & landscaping), Complex (ball field maintenance and game prep), Concessions Attendants, Aquatic Center (management, lifeguards, water slide attendants, concessions attendants, admissions desk). Applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center and on this website. The City of Independence is an equal opportunity employer.
  • We HIRE All Certified Lifeguards for the 2018 Aquatic Season at the Independence Aquatic Center. MUST be at least 15 years of age by the end of the class. Lifeguard Certification Classes offered at THE W at Wartburg College in Waverly and at UNI Wellness and Recreation Center on the UNI Campus in Cedar Falls 

HitTRAX is at River'sEDGE... Try it Out!!! 

HitTrax is the world's only baseball/ softball simulator!! 

Visit: Call Bob at 319-334-6711 for details.

Many of our River'sEDGE kids are ranked nationally (or have been) in both Exit Velocity and Distance click on the link below!

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River'sEDGE Travel Baseball Indoor Practices:

Every Monday- until further notice

11U River'sEDGE Baseball- 5-6pm @ River'sEDGE ($1.00 per time)

10U River'sEDGE Baseball- 6-7pm @ River'sEDGE ($1.00 per time)

12U River'sEDGE Baseball- 7-8:30pm @ River'sEDGE ($1.00 per time)

13U River'sEDGE Baseball- 7-8:30pm @ River'sEDGE ($3.00 per time)


IPRD information below...

  • Fitness Instructor, Janet Buls, will NOT run any fitness classes from March 19th- April 30th. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
  • ROCFIT: Current Session has 5 weeks remaining ($125). Classes are held Monday- Thursday at 4:30am or 5:30am at River'sEDGE. The original cost was $150 for 6 weeks and will decrease by $25 each week the class is offered. The Instructor for this class, would like to inform anyone interested that the class fees may be paid on a payment plan. ROCFIT is a program designed to train an individual of any age, male or female, regardless of athletic ability transforming them into a high level athlete. Tiffany is our coach and can be reached at 319-404-5453 to answer any questions you may have.
  • Swimming Registration for the Independence Aquatic Center began on Monday, April 2nd at the Falcon Civic Center. At this time, we are currently accepting registrations for all of our Group Swim Lessons (Parent & Child- FULL (waiting list started), Pre-School (2 sessions offered), School Age (1 Session offered)-- Hurry Space is Limited and Classes will fill as the maximum is met in each level. You may also purchase you Season Pass to the Independence Aquatic Center at Early Buy Rates at the Falcon Civic Center.
  • Independence Stingrays Swim Team MEETING will be Friday, April 20th from 6-7:30pm at the Falcon Civic Center. Registration for Swim Team will take place at this open house style meeting. A Scheel's representative will be available at 6pm for those who want to order suits. We will accept registrations, order suits (if you want to), pick up the schedule and parent guide, and answer any questions. 
  • Check out the NEW Independence Stingrays Facebook page: 
  • 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.
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