Thanks to Grand Rapids voters who passed a dedicated Parks Millage in November 2013, the swim season will begin in June for the first time since 2003. That makes for over 11 weeks of fun.
Below is a full press release from the city regarding costs, operation times, and other helpful information.
Open swim for City residents is $1.00 for ages 1-17 and $2.00 for adults. Non-residents are $4.00 each. Children under the age of one are free. Open swim punch cards are available for residents and non-residents, as well as resident-only family pool passes. With a pool pass, a family of up to six people can swim all summer for $80 (additional family members are $10 each).
City water resources will be in operation during the following hours at these locations. Note that all pools will be closed on July 4.
Briggs Park Pool (Lafayette & Knapp NE)
- Monday through Thursday 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.
- Friday & Saturday 12:30-7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Pool (Fuller & Franklin SE)
- Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Richmond Park Pool (Richmond & Tamarack NW)
- Monday 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Splash Pads with onsite staff (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
- Aberdeen Park – 928 Aberdeen NE
- Mulick Park – 1761 Rosewood SE
Splash Pads that are self-activated, no staff (11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
- Alger Park – 921 Alger SE
- Gerald R. Ford Middle School – 851 Madison SE
- Heartside Park – 301 Ionia SW
- Joe Taylor Park – 1030 Bemis SE
- Mary Waters Park – 1042 Lafayette NE
Swim lessons for ages 6 months to 12 years will be offered at each pool at various times throughout the summer. The fee for an eight class session is $48 per resident and $58 per non-resident participant. Swim lessons for adult and teens (ages 13 and up) and a beginner/intermediate diving class will be offered at Richmond Park Pool. The fee for these classes is $50 per resident and $60 per non-resident.
Register online for swim/diving lessons at www.recreationgr.us or call the Parks and Recreation Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at (616) 456-3696. Scholarships for swim lessons are available to Grand Rapids residents who qualify based on family size and income.
From time-to-time pools or splash pads may close due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Closures will be announced on the recreation cancellation hotline at (616) 456-3699.
For more information about summer aquatics, visit the Aquatics page online at www.grcity.us/parksandrec or call the Parks & Recreation Department at (616) 456-3696.