The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will delay the opening of the nine public swimming pools because the recent rain and cool temperatures have made the pool water too cold for safe swimming. Weather permitting, pools will open with regular operating hours on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, two days after the traditional start of the season.
All nine pools will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 ONLY for season pass sales, swim and dive league registration and pool rental requests. The pools will not be open for swimming that day or Sunday, May 24. Woods Pool has a water heater supplemented by solar panels which will help raise the water temperature over the next several days. Star City Shores and Irving also have pool water heaters.
Star City Shores will be open every day from 12:30 to 8 p.m. Arnold, Ballard, Belmont, Eden, Highlands, Irving, University Place and Woods pools will open at 1 p.m. every day. Closing hours vary by day and location. The free Trago Park spraygrounds is open every day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7847 (extension 4).
Online registration is now under way for swim lessons and swim and dive teams. Information also is available online for middle school Night Splash, pool rentals and end-of-the-year Dog Splash.
Family Swim Nights at the neighborhood pools will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. with admission just $7 per family. This event drew more than 2,000 visitors last year. Family Swim Nights at Belmont and Eden begin Monday, May 25. The schedules for the other pools can be found online.
Arnold, Ballard, Belmont, Eden, Highlands, Irving, University Place and Woods pools will be open through Sunday, August 9. Star City Shores will remain open with afternoon and early evening hours until Sunday, August 23.