Swimming Pools

Denver Parks and Recreation operates 13 indoor and 16 outdoor swimming pools! DPR offers numerous aquatic activities for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. Enjoy open and lap swim, aqua-fitness classes, swim lessons and private instruction for every age and every level.

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Click the Denver Recreation Center of your choice for a schedule of pool activities.

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Denver's outdoor pools are open during the summer season from June through August.  Be sure to check back with us mid May for specific dates and pool schedules.  Below is a list of the outdoor pools. 




Green Valley Ranch




Harvey Park

La Alma



Cook Park



Harvard Gulch

  • To ensure your safety, our lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules/regulations and respond to emergencies. They each have the authority to ask a swimmer, along with their guests, to leave the pool area if they observe any conduct that jeopardizes the health and safety of our users. We ask that you help us maintain a safe environment by respecting our policies, watching your children closely, and holding them accountable to adhere to our safety guidelines. With your assistance, we can all have a splashin’ good time!

Age Limitations
•  8 years and older: can swim without an older sibling or adult.
•  6 and 7 year olds: must be with an adult or sibling 12 years of age in the pool area at all times.
•  5 years and under: parent/Guardian must in the pool within arm’s reach of the child (including
    wading pools).

Proper Attire and Health
•  No jeans, cut-offs, cotton shorts or street clothing.
•  Swim diapers or plastic pants are required for participants who are diaper-dependent.
•  Life jackets are available and required for nonswimmers.
•  Showers are required before entry into the pool, in accordance with Colorado State Law.

Toys and Equipment
•  Inflatable water wings and inner-tubes are not allowed.
•  Other floatation toys/devices are permissible at the discretion of management.
•  Pool equipment (kickboards, noodles, etc.) may be used with management approval.

•  No running, pushing, wrestling or rough play in locker rooms, showers or pool area.

Food and Drink
•  Allowed in designated areas only.
•  No Glass containers.

  • Many of our indoor and outdoor pools have additional features such as slides, water playgrounds, splash pads and selected areas where participants can take a deep dive. For everyone to have a fun experience, please be aware and follow these guidelines:

Deep End Use and Diving

•  A swimming test is required before all patrons are allowed in the deep end of the pool.
•  Diving is allowed in designated areas only.

Slides and Water Playgrounds
•  No running or diving.
•  One person at a time.
•  Feet first down the slide.
•  Height restrictions may apply.

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We offer a variety of swim lessons at different levels to fit the needs of your child. Our program is structured around "Quests" and "Waves." At the end of each session, participants will receive a progress report. This will help you determine the quest or wave they should register for in the upcoming session. Children progress through swim lessons at different rates. Some students may have to repeat a class to ensure they've mastered the necessary skills to move forward.

Enrolling your child in the appropriate level is the key to building their confidence and reaching their swimming goals.

  • Parent Tot  |  Lessons for infants 6 months to 3 years of age  |  Class descriptions
  • Quests  |  Lessons for preschoolers ages 3 and 4  |  Class descriptions
  • Waves  |  Lessons for youth ages 5 and older  |  Class descriptions
  • Life After Lessons  |  Lessons for adults ages 18 and older  |  Class descriptions
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Safety is our #1 priority. Throughout the year, we continuously train and expect our lifeguards to maintain a safe atmosphere and handle any emergencies or life-threatening situations. We are always looking to train individuals who are interested in water safety and becoming a lifeguard with DPR. Our training programs and curriculum are provided by the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course and usually take place at select Denver recreation centers and swimming pools.

Read Participation requirements.

Our next training course: April 29 – May 9, 2014
Location: Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center, 3880 Newport Street
Registration: Call 720.865.0660 or send email

April 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (pretesting required)
May 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 5 – 9, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Fees: Collected only after successfully passing the “pretest.”
$125.00 (student discount rate)

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Contact Us

Aquatics Office
(MLK Jr Recreation Center)
3880 Newport Street

Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm