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 2606 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.

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 (only until a full-time staff person is hired at that facility). 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 are happy to help you!!

River’sEDGE Staffed HOURS 


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30pm-8pm

Saturday 10am- 4pm

Sunday 10am- 4pm

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

We are in the process of hiring for the River'sEDGE/ Complex Manager position. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to fill and train this person.

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 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)   
  • PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST- Thank you to all the participants in our Pumpkin Decorating Contest- we had 16 great entries this year!! A HUGE THANK YOU to DENALI’S ON THE RIVER for donating the prizes!!! Each winner will receive a coupon for 1 Free Appetizer & 1 Free Avalanche (dessert) from Denali’s!! Great Local Business- Check them out!!!!!

    to the Winners of the Independence Parks & Recreation Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2022… Prizes may be picked up at the Falcon Civic Center
    5yrs & under
    Silliest Face- Emmett Jenkins
    Most Creative-Henry Heminover (Jamieson)
    Scariest Face- Milo Kress 
    Silliest Face- Lyla Youngblut
    Most Creative- Kennedi Benesh 
    Scariest Face- Ryker Berggren 
    12yrs & older
    Scariest Face- Chloe Vargason 
    Most Creative- Vanna Vargason
  • 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... 1st CLASS WILL BE NOVEMBER 28th- 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 will be offered in January! by Janet Buls!!
  • Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Classes offered this winter- Information flier available at the Falcon Civic Center. Classes offered in Iowa City in November & December by Kate Connell. Contact Kate via email @ KConnell@iowa-city.org. Classes offered in North Liberty  in November & 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 from 9am- 3pm 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 Discounted $15.00 membership for now thru the end of 2022. 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!!
  • YOUTH BASKETBALL- Offered for Kindergarten- 2nd graders and 3rd-4th Grade Boys- Kindergarten Basketball Clinic will be hosted by the IPRD and taught by Tom Michels. This 2-day clinic will be held on Thursday, November 10th & Thursday, November 17th @ 5:30-6:30pm at the Falcon Civic Center Gym. The max limit of 20 participants has been reached, therefore registration is closed. 1st & 2nd Grade Basketball will be offered by the IPRD and taught by Tom Michels. This program will meet on November 7th, 14th & 21st for instruction and November 28th for a fun game day. 1st Grade will meet on Mondays @ 5:30-6:15pm and 2nd Grade will meet Mondays @ 6:30-7:15pm at the Falcon Civic Center Gym. 3rd & 4th Grade Boys Basketball League offered for boys currently in 3rd or 4th grade. We will divide players into teams of combined 3rd/4th graders and will schedule them to play 5-on-5 games. Practices will be arranged by volunteer coaches in this league. Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to coach the teams in this league, we really appreciate you!! We are currently working to offer a basketball skills clinic for all of the teams in this league. Details will be relayed to the coaches and they will let their players know the date and time. Games are played on Saturday Mornings beginning around 9am. Due to the low number of teams in this league (4), we will play games for 4 weeks at the Falcon Civic Center and will begin on November 26th. We are no longer accepting registrations for this league. Team shirts will be handed out at the first game. 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. 
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