Independence Parks & Recreation Department

Busy... Busy... BUSY is the word of the day at the Parks & Rec Department!!!!!

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.


The Independence Parks & Recreation Department is looking for people who like to work with children and adults in recreational type settings as well as those who enjoy working outdoors beautifying the City Parks throughout Independence.

We have a variety of part-time and seasonal positions open this summer:
- City Parks Maintenance/ Mowing/ Trimming
- Parks & Facilities Landscape Maintenance
- Oakwood Cemetery Maintenance/ Mowing/ Trimming
- Baseball/ Softball Complex & Ball Fields Maintenance
- Lifeguards/ Swim Lesson Instructors/ Water Slide Attendants
- Aquatic Center Admissions Receptionists
- Baseball/ Softball Umpires
- Concessions Attendants (Baseball/ Softball Complex & Aquatics Center)

The Independence Parks & Recreation Department & the City of Independence is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. To apply for a position with our Department, applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center (1305 5th Avenue, NE Independence, IA 50644). An application is also available online at
Questions may be directed to the Independence Parks & Recreation Director @ 319-334-6711


Are you looking for a way to get involved with your community??? The Independence Parks & Recreation Department has countless opportunities...

- Sponsor a Little League Team or put your business logo on a outfield fence banner
- Volunteer to be a Youth Little League Coach
- Volunteer for a Community Betterment Program (Adopt-A-Flowerbed, Community Re-Leaf, Perennial Divide, Community Greenhouse, Community Orchard and more)
- Volunteer to help at Home Swim Meets or become a Swim Team Official
- So much more, the opportunities are endless!!! 

Call your Independence Parks & Recreation Department TODAY at 319-334-6711!!

Welcome to SPRING @ Parks & Rec...

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  • Independence Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Scotts Pitch,Hit&Run: The Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball on Sunday, April 30th at 2pm at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex. Participation is FREE!!! Open to BOYS & GIRLS ages 7-14 (Age is determined as of July 17, 2017) Parental Waivers will need to be filled out and signed on the day of the event. For more information, please visit
  • Looking for the next Home Run Derby Champ at the Jr. Home Run Derby 2017 hosted by the Independence Parks & Recreation Department on Sunday, April 30th @ 2pm at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex. Participation is FREE and this event will be held alongside the Pitch,Hit&Run (Eligible participants may do both events). Open to BOYS & Girls 12U & 14U. Parental Waivers will need to be filled out and signed on the day of the event. For more information, please call 319-334-6711.
  • The Independence Parks & Recreation Department will not be hosting a Live Healthy Iowa Track Championship Event this season. Jesup Community is hosting a meet this year for Boys & Girls 7-14 years old (Age determined as of 12/31/17) and the information is listed below: 
    The Jr. J-Hawks Track Meet
    Location: Jesup High School Track
    531 Prospect St | Jesup, IA 50648
    Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Rain Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
    Cost: $5.00
    Register by Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the following website:
    Contact: Nick Green | Email:
  • BOOT CAMP & HIIT COMBO CLASS, AM Aerobics, & ROCFIT Classes are all being offered NOW!! For more information, please check out our calendar or click on Recreational Activities- Adult Programs- Get Fit Opportunities for all the details.
  • Work continues at the NEW Independence Aquatics Center. The New Aquatic Center is anticipated to open May 27th, 2017, in time for the 2017 Swimming Season!!! More information is available in the IPRD Activities Guide link on the left of this page. 
  • The Independence RV Campground is NOW Open, call 319-440-0472 to reserve your spot!!
  • We are looking for responsible, hard working, dedicated lifeguards to fill positions at the NEW Aquatic Center!!! If you are not certified and would like to become a lifeguard, certification classes are being offered at UNI and the W in Waverly. Information available on our Facebook Page or search UNI Wellness and Recreation and the W at Wartburg College.