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Posted on: March 9, 2021

2021 Summer Aquatic Season

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After the cancellation of the 2020 season due to Covid-19, we are excitedly looking forward to Summer 2021 and the reopening of the outdoor aquatic facilities. Although the pandemic is not completely behind us, we have made several changes to our operating schedules and procedures in order to reopen safely as the vaccines continue to roll out to the public. Please take a moment to read through the various changes affecting facilities and programs so you are prepared and know what to expect as you plan your summer visit.

2021 Season Schedule

The Cove Aquatic Centers will open Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31. All aquatic centers will be open for the weekends of June 5-6 and June 12-13. All aquatic centers and community pools will open for full daily operation June 19 through August 15. Aquatic centers will remain open on weekends only depending on seasonal staff availability through Labor Day. Several Covid-19 precautions will be in place, including temperature checks, social distancing while waiting in line, and mask requirements when not in the water.

Socially Distanced Seating and Capacity

We have created socially distanced "seating pods" consisting of a picnic table or a group of lounge chairs at each facility. Each seating pod is intended to accommodate one family group and will serve as a place for them to gather when not in the water. We are defining a family group as individuals who are attending the facility together (typically from the same household) and are regularly in close contact with each other. The maximum capacity for each location is based on the number of seating pods we have been able to create and will vary based on the size of the facility and the amount of deck space but is typically 1/3 to 1/2 of regular capacity. Seating pods will be available to guests on a first-come first-serve basis and cannot be reserved, "saved," or moved. As a courtesy to larger families we ask that guests not occupy seating pods that are larger than their family group.

Operating Hours/Sessions

Because we are operating at a lower capacity, we are breaking up the operating day into "sessions." Sessions will be 2 hours at aquatic centers and swimming pools. Although the sessions may be shorter than the time you may typically visit and have defined start and stop times, there will be less people at the facility than you are used to seeing, which will give you more space in the water, shorter lines at the slides, and less crowding at the play structures. We hope that you will find your visit to be more enjoyable, knowing you will have a place to sit, more open space to enjoy in the water, and shorter wait times to enjoy your favorite activity. Facilities will be cleared of guests and sanitized between each session.

Admission Fees

Admission fees for the 2021 season have been discounted and will be a single price regardless of age. The admission price is per 2-hour session.

  • The Cove Aquatic Centers (Crawford, Fretz, Samuell Grand): $5.00
  • Community Aquatic Centers (Kidd Springs, Lake Highlands):  $3.00
  • Neighborhood Aquatic Centers (Exline, Harry Stone, Tietze): $2.00
  • Community Pools (Bonnie View, Everglade, Glendale, Grauwyler, Jaycee-Zaragoza, Martin Weiss, Pleasant Oaks, Tommie Allen, Walnut Hill): $1.00

Tickets for individual sessions may be purchased online one day in advance of the ticket date. No refunds will be issued for unused advance purchase tickets. Season passes will not be sold this year.


We will not be taking any private rentals or reserving seating areas this season. All seating areas are available on a first come, first served basis. With the reduced capacities and seating pods, all of our guests should be able to have an area just for their family group without having to worry about reserving in advance.

Stay tuned for more posts regarding session times and how to purchase tickets.

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