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 disabled-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 at this time. Patrons are encouraged to come dressed to swim. Everyone must social distance. Please limit your time in the locker room to a few minutes.

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 (November 21-March 31)

This schedule is in effect through March 31, 2023. 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 November 24 & 25 (Thanksgiving), December 23-26 (Christmas), December 31 (New Year's Eve), January 1 & 2 (New Year's Day), January 16 (Martin Luther King Day), April 7 (Good Friday), and April 9 (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 2, 16, January 6, 20, February 10, March 31, and April 28. The deep end is open the remaining Fridays of each month. Food is not allowed. Water toys, tubes, noodles, etc. are allowed - crowd permitting.

 Days  Time
 Friday (No swim 11/25, 12/23, 4/7)  3:30-7:30 PM
 Sunday (No swim 12/25, 1/1, 3/26, 4/9)   1:00-4:00 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-Friday (No class 11/25,12/23, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 4/7)  9:00-9:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday (No class 11/23, 11/25, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16)  5:30-6:25 PM

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

 Days  Time
 Tuesday/Thursday (No swim 11/24, 1/16, 4/7)  9:00-9:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 11/23, 11/25, 12/23, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 4/7)   10:00-10:55 AM
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 11/23, 11/25, 12/23, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 4/7)   1:00-3:00 PM

Lap Swim | $5.50 or pass
(Ages 15+)
 Take time for yourself! This is a good time for water walking. Noodles are not permitted.

 Days   Time
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday (No swim 11/25, 12/23, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 4/7)  11:00 AM-12:45 PM
 Monday/Wednesday (No swim 11/23, 11/25, 12/23, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16)  6:30-7:25 PM
 Saturday (No swim 12/31)  7:30-8:45 AM
 Sunday (No swim 12/25, 1/1, 3/26, 4/9)  11:15 AM-12:45 PM

Thanksgiving Swim | FREE
(All Ages) School's Out! Enjoy a free swim at Bender Pool.

 Day   Time
 Wednesday, November 23  1:00-4:00 PM

School Break Swims | $5.75 or pass
(All Ages) School's Out! Enjoy a swim at Bender Pool.

 Day   Time
 Tuesday, December 27  1:00-4:00 PM
 Thursday, December 29  1:00-4:00 PM
 Tuesday, March 14  1:00-4:00 PM
 Thursday, March 16  1:00-4:00 PM

Open Kayak/Canoe Practice | $10/person/day
(Ages 10+)
Practice your strokes, rolls, and other paddling skills in the controlled environment of Bender Pool. This drop-in program (no registration is sponsored by Linn County Conservation. Experienced paddlers will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips. Bring your own equipment.

 Days    Times
 Sunday, November 27  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, December 11  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, January 8  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, January 22  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, February 5  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, February 19  4:30-6:30 PM
 Sunday, March 5  4:30-6:30 PM


Season Passes and Punch/Group Passes

Punch Pass

  • May be used by an individual, a group, transferred to another person, or used by a family or group for any age appropriate public swims and water exercise classes. 
  • Purchase passes at the Parks & Recreation Department office in the City Services Center or at the Northwest Recreation Center. They cannot be purchased online.
  • 20 Punches - $78 Non-refundable

Individual or Senior (60+) Pass 

  • May only be used by the pass holder for age appropriate Open, Adult or Holiday Swims, Lap Swim/Water Walking and Water Exercise.
  • Pass is valid September 6, 2022 through May 20, 2023.


Senior (60+)
Non-resident $150
Resident $141

Non-resident $181
Resident $141

Purchase Passes
Purchase season passes in person at the NW Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, or the Parks and Recreation office in the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW, during regular business hours. Last year's passes may be renewed online.


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.


940 14th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

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