Parks and Recreation

Low Income Assistance Program
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers RecAssist,  a 50% discount program, to Cedar Rapids residents who are income eligible. To qualify, the individual or family must meet the income guidelines listed below.
RecAssist Eligibility Guidelines:
  • The TOTAL GROSS HOUSEHOLD income for an applicant must be at or below 200% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines listed below.
Family Size  Weekly Income Monthly Income  Annual Income (or less)
1 $560.77 $2,430.00 $29,160.00
2 $758.46 $3,286.67 $39,440.00
3 $956.15 $4,143.33 $49,720.00
4 $1,153.85 $5,000.00 $60,000.00
5 $1,351.54 $5,856.67 $70,280.00
6 $1,549.23 $6,713.33 $80,560.00
7 $1,746.92 $7,570.00 $90,840.00
8 or more $1,944.62 $8,426.67 $101,120.00
Applicants can be:
  • Single adults age 18+
  • Adults and their immediate, biological children age 21 and under 
  • Foster parents/guardians and child(ren) in foster care/guardianship placement (proof required)
Acceptable documentation:
  • 2023 Federal Tax Return
  • DHS Notice of Decision Letter for SNAP  benefits
  • DHS Notice of Action Letter for Medicaid recipients
  • Annual Section 8 Housing Renewal Letter (Certification Page)
Acceptable documentation must include annual or monthly total gross household income, household members, home address, and date within the current year. 
PLEASE NOTE: Additional documentation may be required for all forms of documentation and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Application submission:
Applications and documentation can be submitted Monday through Friday at one of the following locations or anytime online.
  • Northwest Recreation Center
    1340 11th Street NW 
     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • City Services Center 
    500 15th Ave SW   
     7:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
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                  RecAssist Application

Applicants will receive an approval, denial, or incomplete notification via email.  Notifications will be sent in a timely manner and will be dependent upon the volume of applications received. 
Please allow 3 business days from the date of submission before contacting our office.

Eligible Programs

  • Swim Passes (family, individual, or senior) (discount taken from regularly priced passes)
  • Up to 5 eligible programs per person
Swim pass discounts will be taken from regular pricing.
Non-eligible programs
  • Pavilion & Facility Rentals
  • Daily admissions
  • Team entry fees
  • Multiweek Camps
  • Garden plots
  • Trips
  • Punch passes/Nanny Passes
  • Aquatics Training
  • Private & Semi-private swim lessons
Program eligibility is subject to change.

Program Rules
  • Applicants MUST be a Cedar Rapids resident and a US citizen.
  • Participants must reapply each year.  Program begins January 1st and ends December 31st.
  • Applications must list at least one adult.  Dependents must be direct biological child(ren) or child(ren) in guardianship/foster care placement residing in the same Cedar Rapids residence.
  • Applications must be submitted with an acceptable form of documentation to be considered and approved for RecAssist if eligible.
  • ONLY individuals listed on documentation can be enrolled in RecAssist if eligible.
  • TOTAL GROSS HOUSEHOLD income must be submitted.
  • Discounts will only be given after approval has been sent.
  • All fees must be paid at time of registration.
  • Registrations must be made in person and completed by an approved adult RecAssist participant on the account.
  • Third-party payments for RecAssist pricing are prohibited.  Any participant using third party forms of payment will result in the following: 
    • 1st offense:  Full price for eligible programs.
    • 2nd offense: Program Termination
  • Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.
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