Cannonball! GR City Pools Open for Summer on Friday

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-13 05:02:36-04

pool openGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 6, 2014) — Kids who are fresh out of school have their annual places to cool off starting Friday, as the city swimming pools and splash pads open up to the public.

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 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 or call the Parks & Recreation Department at (616) 456-3696.