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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB??? The Independence Parks & Recreation Department is HIRING to start SOON!!! The Independence Parks & Recreation Department is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran. We are HIRING qualified,, and energetic individuals interested in working with and serving children and adults in motivated recreational type settings as well as those individuals with the desire to enhance the parks system through a variety of beautification projects including mowing and trimming. To APPLY for a position with our department, applications are available at the Falcon Civic Center. Questions may be directed to the IPRD Director @ 319-334-6711 or email


All IPRD SUMMER BALL TEAMS have been put together, the coaches meeting was last week, team shirts/hats/visors have been ordered, sponsors assigned, and practices have begun. If your child is registered for summer ball and you have NOT been contacted by a coach yet, please call 319-334-6711 and we will release the coach’s contact information to you, so you can contact the coach directly.

RE/IHS/WaMaC 7th Grade Girls Softball is open to current 7th grade girls (2021-22 school year). Register ASAP at the Falcon Civic Center. Games are typically played MWF @ 9am through June with home games played at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex and the girls are bused to away games. Cost: $100 per girl if not playing RE or $25 if playing RE. Coaches for this team are hired by the Independence Community School District.

2022 Dog Tags are available @ the Falcon Civic Center. Park Address: 1305 5th Ave NE, Independence (next to the Falcon Civic Center) All dogs must be up to date on vaccines. Like and Follow the Indee Bark Park on Facebook. Reminder: Yearly permit is only $25 (w/ a copy of vaccination records) or Day Passes only $3 per dog per day. Purchase at the Falcon Civic Center. Dog Behavior Training w/ Robin MacFarlane- Indee Bark Park on Saturday, May 14th @ 1-2:30pm. Join this fun and interactive class to learn new tricks and improve your dog’s behavior. Cost is $30 per dog, payable at the Falcon Civic Center. Call 319-334-6711 with questions. Detailed information flier available at the Falcon Civic Center or click on the event on Facebook.

Swimming Registration began on April 1st @ the Falcon Civic Center!!!

FCC MAYHOURS- Monday- Thursday 5am- 8pm, Friday 5am- 7pm, Saturday 10am- 4pm, Sunday CLOSED

Registration for Group Swim Lessons (Filling Fast), Aquatic Center Season Passes, and Party Shelter Rentals (Swim Team Registration is handled online & the list of lifeguards willing to teach privates will be available to the public on May 28th.) PLEASE NOTE: There is NO Deadline for registering for group swim lessons, however classes have limited space and will close as they fill up!! HURRY SPACE IS LIMITED!! Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons IS NOW FULL!!


Independence Stingrays Swim Team

There are hard copy packets available for pick up at the Falcon Civic Center for NEW swimmers or contact Swim Team Manager, Cheryl Sill @ The 2022 swim team registration link: reg/login… If you missed the parents registration meeting on April 13th, you will need link you will need to register/pay for your returning swimmer. Please note that an email was sent to all 2021 families last week with practice & meet schedules & parent handbook.

Do you LOVE being in the pool? Then the Independence Stingrays Swim Team is looking for you!

The Stingrays Swim Team is open to all area boys and girls ages 4-18 that have a basic ability to swim. Come let us help you improve your swimming skills and join in the fun of both individual & team competition.

Summer Season: May 31- July 9, 2022

Practices: Practice is held in the mornings, at the Independence Aquatic Center, and will begin as soon as school is out for the year. Coach will contact you with practice schedule.

Swim Meets: Tues/Thurs/Sat. 7 meets, starting June 9.

Equipment: Swimsuit (Females must have a one-piece suit), goggles, (swim cap — optional)

New swimmers are required to try out for the team and arrangements can be made during registration with the coach/team managers.

Cost: $104.00/swimmer Park/Rec fee + $41.60/swimmer to USA/Iowa Swimming (reduced USA/Iowa Swim fee of $5.52/swimmer for qualifying swimmers, call for info – Cheryl Sill/319-270-4968.)

If you have questions or would like more information?

Find us on Facebook: Independence Stingrays Other local Big Six Swim Teams are LaPorte City & Oelwein.

24HR ACCESS to the FALCON CIVIC CENTER AVAILABLE TO YEARLY MEMBERS… Falcon Civic Center Hours: Mon-Thurs 5am-8pm, Fri 5am- 7pm, Sat- 10am- 4pm Our access system is an APP based system, so interested members must have an updated smartphone to download the app and use the system. Cost is only $25 (one-time fee w/ paid in full yearly membership) on top of your Yearly Membership Fee

Falcon Civic Center Yearly Membership Fees:

Family $190 Adult $145 Student & Seniors (60+) $115

Memberships and/or 24HR access must be purchased at the Falcon Civic Center. Once paid and the form filled out completely, Bob will email you the link (from POSTMASTER, not from BOB BEATTY) to download the APP.

If you are a member with 24HR access and would like to bring a friend who does not have 24HR access, the cost is:

$4 per person regardless of membership status. You must be at least 16 years of age to come alone or if you are under 16 years of age, you must come with a responsible adult.

Drop box for admission is located @ the front desk at the Falcon Civic Center.

24HR access at the Falcon Civic Center does NOT transfer to 24HR access at River’sEDGE or vice versa. You must purchase separately. REMEMBER YOU ARE ON CAMERA!!!!

River’s EDGE Staffed Hours: Monday- Friday 3:30-8pm/ Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4pm

24HR Access to River’sEDGE Available to MEMBERS for a one-time $25 fee!!!

YOU ARE ON CAMERA!! Call 319-332-1525 for details, leave a message and Lucas will return your phone call or stop by River’sEDGE during staffed hours.

This fitness class meets on MWF from 5:45-6:30am at the Falcon Civic Center Gym. Janet Buls is the instructor for this class. Focus is on cardio, flexibility, balance, & intervals of strength training. All levels of fitness are welcome. The instructor works with the class and moves at everyone’s pace, so everyone is successful. Check with your physician before beginning this exercise program. The cost is $30 per month or $4 per drop-in. Register and pay at the Falcon Civic Center.


Tae Kwon Do will be on Monday and Thursday nights with Little Dragons (4–6-year-olds) from 4:30-5pm and TKD (7yrs & up) @ 4:45-5pm warm-up and class 5-6pm. Classes will continue monthly. Feel free to try a class or check it out! The cost is $25 a month! PLEASE NOTE: A $5 drop-in will be charged if the monthly fee has not been paid. Register and pay at River’s EDGE. For more information, contact Master Tim Main @ 319-361-3190 or visit their Facebook page at Main’s Peak Performance Of Independence, Iowa

Little Dragons Tae Kwon Do- This class is geared towards a half hour and is better suited for shorter attention span. Option for all kids under 6, if you are 6 years old, you may choose between Little Dragons or our regular TKD Class. Little Dragons is a prep program and created specifically for pre-school and early elementary age children. Tae Kwon Do techniques including strikes, kicks, blocks, and stances as well as self-defense. For the younger kids, it also includes some training on balance, focus, flexibility, and development of fine motor skills. Register and pay at River’s EDGE.

Main’s Peak Performance Tae Kwon Do- regular classes meet on Monday & Thursday evenings from 5-6pm at River’sEDGE. Master Tim will be arriving at River’s EDGE at 4:45pm to warm-up each night. TKD offers conditioning, self-defense, and everyone a great opportunity to promote self-discipline and self-esteem as well as teaching the participants nurturing and self-confidence.

The Gym at the Falcon Civic Center is available for you to rent for your child’s birthday party!! We have sports equipment (including basketball, kickball, soccer, wiffleball, football, and more) available from the front desk for you to play with during your party! Parties may only be scheduled during our regular hours of operation on Saturdays or Sundays. The Birthday Party Rental is $100 for a 2 ½ hours @ the Falcon Civic Center Gym. Call 319-334-6711 to reserve.

The River’s EDGE Large Room is available to rent for gatherings. Cost is $30 per hour/ per day with a max daily rental fee of $200. If you would like to set-up the day prior to your rental, there will be an additional $50 charge. Renters are responsible for all set-up, tear-down, and clean-up. Call Lucas @ 319-332-1525 to discuss options, take a tour or to book your rental.

RV CAMPGROUND- Opened April 1st Call 319-334-6711 or 319-440-0472 to RESERVE

Youth Baseball Softball Tournaments to be held at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex this Summer- Contact Bob @ 319-334-6711 if you have a team and would like more information.

Branching Out is a Great Community Betterment Program~ Volunteer Today!!

Park Shelters including the Aquatic Center Party Shelter & Community Band Shell are available for community use!!

Community Gardens located in the Community Orchard & available to rent- ASK US ABOUT THESE!!!


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