Parks and Recreation

Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department

Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Phone: 319-286-5566, option 1
Fax: 319-538-0020
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

319-286-5566, option 3
Fax: 319-540-8843

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

Welcome to Bender Pool
A girl slides down the indoor water slide at Bender Pool.Bender Pool is an indoor pool, open year-round. The pool is ADA accessible and is equipped with a hydraulic chair and sloping steps in addition to traditional pool ladders.

The pool also has a slide and a basketball hoop. Bender Pool's locker rooms are equipped with showers, hairdryers, electrical outlets, baby changing tables, and lockers. Bring your own padlock or rent one. 

The locker rooms are open and available. Patrons are encouraged to come dressed to swim. 

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for all ages, special swims for youths, as well as water programs for adults at Bender Pool. 

Winter-Spring Season (December 1 - March 31)

This schedule is in effect through March 31, 2024. It is subject to change and may vary around the holidays, special activities, maintenance needs, and other events or issues. Bender Pool will be closed December 24 - 26 (Christmas), December 31 and January 1 (New Year's), January 15 (Martin Luther King Day), March 29 (Good Friday), and March 31 (Easter).

Open Swim | $5.75 or pass
(All Ages) 
Open swim for all ages. Large inflatables will be in the pool on WIBIT Days: December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 9, March 22, and April 19. The deep end is open the remaining Fridays of each month. Food, water toys, tubes, noodles, etc. are not allowed.

 Days  Time
 Friday (No swim 3/29)  4:30-7:30 PM
 Sunday (No swim 12/24, 12/31, 3/24, 3/31)   1-4 PM

Holiday & School Break Swims | $5.75 or pass
(All Ages)
School is out! Enjoy a swim at Bender Pool!

 Days  Time
 Wednesday, December 27  1-4 PM
 Thursday, December 28  1-4 PM
 Tuesday, March 12  1-4 PM
 Wednesday, March 13  1-4 PM
 Thursday, March 14  1-4 PM

Water Exercise | $6.25 or pass
(Ages 15+)
 This instructor-led class concentrates on stretching, strengthening, flexibility, and range-of-motion exercises. This is a drop-in program, no registration required. Current season pass or punch pass may be used.

 Days   Time 
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No class 12/25, 1/1, 1/15, 3/29)  9-9:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday (No class 12/25, 1/1, 1/15)  5:30-6:25 PM
Tuesday/Thursday (No class 12/26)  8-8:55 AM

Adult 18+ Swim | $5.25 or pass
(Ages 18+) 
Open swim for adults only.

 Days  Time
 Tuesday/Thursday (No swim 12/26  9-9:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 12/25, 1/1, 1/15, 3/13, 3/29)  10-10:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 12/25, 12/27, 1/1, 1/15, 3/13, 3/29)  12:45-2:15 PM

Lap Swim | $5.50 or pass
(Ages 15+)
Take time for yourself! This is a good time for water walking. The baby pool will be closed.

 Days   Time
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 12/25, 1/1, 1/15, 3/29)  11 AM-12:30 PM
 Monday/Wednesday (No swim 12/25, 1/1, 1/15)  6:30-7:25 PM
 Saturday   7:30-8:45 AM
 Sunday (No swim 12/24, 12/31, 3/24, 3/31)  11:15 AM-12:45 PM

 Open Kayak/Canoe Practice | $10
(10+ yrs.)
Practice skills (strokes and rolls) in the controlled environment of Bender Pool in this drop-in program co-sponsored by Linn County Conservation. Experienced paddlers will be on hand to offer tips and suggestions. Bring your own equipment. No registration required.

 Days  Time
 Sunday, December 10  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, January 7  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, January 21  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, February 4  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, February 18  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, March 3  4:30-6:30 PM

Low-Income Assistance Program
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers a discount for swim passes and programs to individuals and families with financial need. To qualify for reduced fees, the individual or family must meet the annual income guidelines.


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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

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