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Climb to new heights. Shop till you drop. Or get out and explore the great outdoors. Discover all there is to do in Mount Vernon.

Parks &

The Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Office is now located inside the Lester Buresh Center on 855 Palisades Rd SW. Matt Siders is the Parks & Recreation director. He can be reached at:

PHONE: 319-895-9513

Mount Vernon City Pool

The clean, welcoming atmosphere, slides and fountains, and high number of lifeguards make the Mount Vernon City Pool a popular draw for the community. It’s open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

Mount Vernon City Pool
2nd Ave. N., Mount Vernon
Pool Manager: Katey Forest

General pool information including: hours, pricing, pool use policies and special events.

Pool Programs

Registration for pool programs including: swimming lessons, swim team and junior lifeguard class can take place online or in person at the pool manager’s office or at the Lester Buresh Center prior to opening for the season beginning the first Monday in April. Private swim lessons are available and arranged by the pool manager. Private lessons requests can be submitted online. You will be contacted to schedule lesson days and times once an instructor has been assigned.

Pool Rental

The pool is available for private use for birthday parties, family reunions, team building and other gatherings. Pool rentals are available on most Saturdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Cost is $250 for 2 hours (1st 50 people covered in the price of the rental). Each additional person will be an extra $3. Rental requests can be submitted online or in person beginning the second Monday in May. Requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the event and approval is required for rental confirmation. For special requests, contact the pool manager.

Pool Passes

Pool passes and punch cards for open swim and water aerobics are available for purchase beginning the second Monday in May. Passes can be purchased online, in person at the pool managers office, or at the Lester Buresh Center prior to opening for the season.

Scholarships are available for most programs and pool passes. Fill out the Scholarship Form and submit to Nicole at SE Linn Community Center, 108 S Washington St, Lisbon.

Parks & Rec Programs

Fall Soccer

Co-ed Teams for youth 4 year old-6th grade
Registration: August
Season: September – October

Fall Flag Football

Co-ed teams available for youth AK – 4th grade
Registration: August
Season: September – October

Winter Girls and Boys Basketball

Girls and boys teams for youth 1st – 6th grade
Registration: September (Girls) and November (Boys)
Girl’s season: November – December
Boy’s season: January – February

Youth Wrestling

Girls and boys ages 4-6
Registration: December
Season: Middle of January – March

Spring Soccer

Co-ed teams for youth 4 year old-6th grade
Registration: February
Season: April – May

Summer Blastball

(Intro to Tball-daytime program)
Co-ed Tball for 3 and 4 yr olds
Registration: May
Season: June

Summer T-ball / Coach Pitch

Co-ed teams for youth currently in AK – 2nd grade
Registration: April
Season: May – June

Summer Player Pitch Softball / Baseball

Softball teams for girls currently in 3rd – 6th grade
Baseball teams for boys currently in 3rd – 6th grade
Registration: March – April
Season: May – June

Mount Vernon City Parks

In addition to the Palisades-Kepler State Park, the City of Mount Vernon is home to many local parks, each with its own features and recreational focus. Pavilions and gazebos at local parks are available to rent at no charge on a first-come-first-served basis. To see if the pavilion you’re interested in is available, visit the Mount Vernon IA RecDesk Calendar or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 319-895-9513.

Alcohol is not permitted in our parks, and guests must clean up after their event.

Our Parks & Trails



Take a hike along one of several trails located in the Palisades-Kepler State Park, the Harrold Ennis Nature Preserve, and along the Cedar River.

DAVIS PARK – 2nd Avenue NW

Amenities: Swimming Pool, Picnic Shelter with Grills and Tables, Ball Fields, Drinking Fountain, Batting Cages, Basketball Court, Volleyball, Playground


BRYANT PARK – Bryant Road

Amenities: Playground, Restrooms, Soccer Fields, T-Ball Fields, Shelter with Picnic Tables



Amenities: Gazebo, Visitor's Center, Playground, Picnic Areas


UNDERHILL SKATE PARK – Corner of 3rd Street NE and B Avenue NE

Amenities: Skate Boarding Facilities, Drinking Fountain, Portable Restroom


NATURE PARK – 3rd Street SE

Amenities: Disc Golf Course, Picnic Shelter with Grills and Tables, Restrooms, Dock, Hiking Trails, Bike Trails, Fishing



Amenities: Playground, Restrooms, Picnic Areas with Grills and Tables, Football Fields, Soccer Fields, Baseball Fields


Nancy Doreen Huffman Dog Park – Inside Nature Park, 3rd Street SE

Amenities: One-acre Fenced Space, Drinking Fountain, Free Dog Waste Bags

Rules: Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, friendly and well-behaved. Owners must clean up after their dog and ensure good behavior.

Disc Golf Courses

Mount Vernon is home to Quarry Ridge DGC, a 9-course disc golf course located at Nature Park.


The Lester
Buresh Center

Get moving at the Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center — also known as the LBC. This 33,000 square foot facility offers more than a space to work out. Join group exercise classes and team activities, host a private party, or connect with your neighbors during special community days. 1-month, 3-month and 12-month memberships are available, as well as drop-in day passes.