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Denver Parks & Recreation operates 14 indoor and 16 outdoor swimming pools, offering 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 level of ability.

An indoor therapy pool is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Outdoor pools operate from early June - August each year.


About Denver Pools

Denver Parks and Recreation operates 16 outdoor swimming pools, typically open from the first week of June through mid-August. Select pools may stay open weekends only through Labor Day weekend.

Outdoor pools are scheduled to open for summer 2019 Monday, June 3. Pool schedules will be posted here soon.

  • Aztlan
  • Barnum
  • Berkeley
  • Congress Park* (more details on this page)
  • Cook Park
  • Eisenhower
  • Garfield
  • Globeville
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Harvard Gulch
  • Harvey Park
  • La Alma
  • Mestizo/Curtis Park
  • Ruby Hill
  • Southwest
  • Swansea

DPR asks that all groups / summer camps pre-arrange outdoor pool visits with the Aquatics office: email with your request.

Denver Parks & Recreation Swimming Pool Rules

  • Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and regulations and to respond to emergencies.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for the actions and behaviors of their children.
  • Children 5 years and under must be directly supervised in the pool, WITHIN ARMS REACH AT ALL TIMES, by a responsible parent or guardian.
  • Children 6&7 years old must be accompanied by a responsible individual 12 years or older in the pool area at all times.
  • Children 8 years and older may swim without a parent or guardian present.
  • Proper swim wear is required – No jeans or cut offs. No street clothes. No undergarments.
  • Showers are required before entry into the pool, in accordance with Colorado State Health Codes.
  •  No running, pushing, wrestling or rough play in locker rooms, showers, or pool area.
  • Diving in designated areas only.
  •  Water wings and inner tubes, are not allowed. Swim equipment and toys are permissible at the discretion of management.
  • Coast Guard approved lifejackets are allowed when directly supervised by a parent or guardian within arm’s reach.
  • A swimming ability test may be required before entering the deep water.
  • Swim diapers or plastic pants are required for participants who are diaper dependent. Diaper changing on or around the pool deck is prohibited.
  • No spitting, spouting water or blowing the nose in or around the pool.
  • Lap Swimmers will be required to share lanes and circle swim when needed.
  • Food and drink in designated areas only. No glass containers.
  • Swimmers with open sores or wounds or who have had diarrhea within the last 24 hours are asked not to get into the water in accordance with Colorado State Heath Codes.
  • Smoking in or within 15 feet of the entrance to any city-owned facility is prohibited.
  • No unsanctioned private lessons, coaching or selling of goods and services is allowed per Municipal Code Section 39-11.

Wading Pool Rules

  • Children 5 years and under must be directly supervised in the pool, WITHIN ARMS REACH AT ALL TIMES, by a responsible parent or guardian.
  • Feet first entry only.
  • Swim diapers or plastic pants are required for participants who are diaper dependent.
  • Follow all other pool rules.

Slide Rules

  • Riders must be able to pass the swim test and be able to swim to steps independently.
  • Riders must be 42” tall to ride.
  • One person on the slide at a time.
  • Riders must go feet first and face up. No spinning, stopping or turning on the slide.
  • The splashdown area must be clear of swimmers before the next rider uses the slide.
  • Riders may not be caught coming off the slide by parents or guardians.
  • No jewelry, or swim suit with buttons, fasteners, or metal rivets on the slide for your safety.
  • No Swimming in slide area.

Leisure Pool & Water Play Ground Rules

  • Slides: Riders must go feet first and face up. No spinning, stopping or turning on the slide. 
  • Do not climb on outside of play structures.
  • No sitting on the geysers.
  • During busy periods, the leisure pool will be limited to young children.

Reglamento para las Piscinas de Parques y Esparcimiento de Denver

  • Los salvavidas se encuentran para poner en vigor las reglas y regulaciones y atender emergencias.
  • Los padres/tutores son responsables por los actos y conducta de sus hijos.
  • Los usuarios deberán respetar a los salvavidas y al personal de la piscina en todo momento.
  • Los menores de 5 años deberán contar con supervisión directa en la piscina, ENCONTRÁNDOSE AL ALCANCE DE LA MANO EN TODO MOMENTO, por un padre o tutor responsable.
  • Los menores de 6 y 7 años deberán encontrarse acompañados de una persona de 12 años o mayor en el área de la piscina en todo momento.
  • Los niños de 8 años de edad o mayores podrán nadar sin que un padre o tutor esté presente.
  • Se exige el uso de trajes de baño apropiados – Se prohíben las prendas recortadas, de mezclilla, las ropas de calle y las prendas íntimas.
  • Se exige usar las regaderas antes de entrar a la piscina conforme al Código de Sanidad del Estado de Colorado.
  • Se prohíbe correr, los empujones, o los juegos bruscos en los casilleros, las regaderas o en el área de la piscina.
  • Se permiten los clavados únicamente en las zonas designadas para esto.
  • Se prohíben los flotadores y las cámaras de llantas. Todo otro artículo de flotación, equipo y juguetes de natación se permiten a criterio de la gerencia. 
  • Se permiten los chalecos salvavidas aprobados por los Guardacostas de ser supervisados directamente por un padre o tutor que se encuentre al alcance de la mano.
  • Una prueba de natación se podría exigir antes de entrar en las zonas profundas.
  • Se exige usar los pañales acuáticos y los pantalones de plástico para los que dependen de estos. Se prohíbe cambiar  pañales en las inmediaciones de la alberca.
  • Se prohíbe escupir, echar corros de agua, o sonarse en las inmediaciones de la piscina.
  • Las personas que hagan natación de circuito se les va a pedir compartan sus carriles de ser necesario.
  • Los alimentos y las bebidas únicamente en las zonas designadas. Se prohíben los objetos de vidrio.
  • De manera atenta se pide que las personas con úlceras, llagas, o afligidos por diarrea en las 24 horas previas se abstengan de entrar al agua conforme al Código Estatal de Sanidad en Colorado.
  • Se prohíbe el fumar a 15 pies de distancia de las entradas de todas las instalaciones propiedad de la Ciudad.
  • Se prohíbe fumar en toda instalación propiedad de la ciudad a 15 pies de la entrada.
  • Se prohíben las clases particulares, la instrucción, o vender productos o servicios conforme al Código Municipal Sección 39-11.

Reglas para los Chapoteaderos

  • Los menores de 5 años DEBERÁN encontrarse acompañados en la piscina AL ALCANCE DE LA MANO del menor de uno de sus padres o tutores EN TODO MOMENTO.
  • Únicamente entre con los pies primero.
  • Se exige usar los pañales acuáticos y los pantalones de plástico para los que dependen de estos.
  • Acaten las otras reglas de la piscina.

Reglas de el Tobogán

  • Los usuarios deberán aprobar la prueba de natación y poder nadar de manera independiente.
  •  Los usuarios deberán medir 42” = 1 metro de estatura para usarlas.
  • Una persona a la vez por el tobogán.
  • Los usuarios deberán entrar con los pies por delante y bocarriba. Se prohíben las piruetas, detenerse, o las vueltas en el tobogán.
  • La zona de desemboque deberá estar despejada de usuarios antes de que la persona siguiente utilice el tobogán.
  • Los usuarios no podrán ser sacados conforme se desplacen por el tobogán por sus padres o tutores.
  • Por su seguridad, se prohíben las alhajas, o los trajes de baño con botones, broches, o estoperoles.
  • Se prohíbe nadar en la zona del tobogán.

Reglas para las Piscinas Recreativas y los Juegos Acuáticos

  • Para el tobogán: Con los pies por delante ya sea bocarriba o bocabajo. Se prohíbe girar, detenerse o dar vueltas en el tobogán.
  • Se prohíbe treparse en el exterior de las estructuras de juegos.
  • Se prohíbe sentarse en los géiseres.
  • En los periodos más ocupados, las albercas recreativas se van a limitar para los niños menores.

City and County of Denver Parks & Recreation Outdoor Pools may close periodically.

Incidents of closure include:

  • Inclement weather
    • Low air temperature, low water temperature or high wind
      • If the air temperature drops below 64 degrees or colder the pool may close temporarily until the temperature rises
      • If the water temperature is lower than 78 degrees the pool may close temporarily until the water temperature rises
      • If there are high winds occurring and lifeguards cannot see the bottom of the pool or visibility is poor then the pool may close temporarily until corrected
    • Electrical storms (lightning & thunder)
      • The pool will close for a minimum of 20 min until the area is clear. Since weather in Colorado is unpredictable, these closures can be frequent and sometimes result in the closure of the pool for the day.
  • Pump room mechanical issues
    • Depending on the situation we will reopen as soon as we can for patrons
  • Accidental solid or diarrheal fecal matter incident
    • These closures range from 1 hour to 24 hours depending on the severity and type

For more information about this project, please send an email to

Congress Park Pool was selected to be a project on the Elevate Denver Bond list, which was approved by voters in 2017. This pool is one of the city's oldest and has grown increasingly costly to maintain, requiring extensive upgrades. The Congress Park Pool will be open during summer 2019 with construction beginning 2020.

The closure of Congress Park Pool in 2020 will result in new pool and facility to serve the community starting in 2021. Built in 1955, Congress Park Pool is one of Denver's oldest outdoor pools, and after 63 years of operation it has also become one of the city's most costly pools to maintain. In recent years, Congress Park Pool has seen multiple opening delays due to major leaks.

Thanks to the Elevate Denver bond, this project is fully funded, and the city can begin the process of building a state-of-the-art, public swimming pool. This project is one of the first bond projects to be launched. While bond projects will continue to roll out over the next 10 years with several fund issuances, work for Congress Park Pool was identified as a priority to start in the first year.

Projected Timeline:

  • Fall 2018 | Design & Construction Procurement: Request for Qualifications (RFQs) will be released for both design consultant and construction management
  • Winter 2018-2019 | Initial Geotechnical Work: The ground surrounding the current pool structure will be examined to see what types of issues have been caused over time.
  • Spring-Summer 2019 | Community Outreach: The public will be invited to participate in meetings and/or surveys to help inform the design of the new facility.
    • The design process will include various means of gathering community input to ensure the Congress Park Pool remains a special and valued asset for the neighborhood. Local neighborhood organizations, schools, and community groups are encouraged to be involved.
  • 2020 | Construction Begins: It’s expected to break-ground on the project sometime in 2020.

During the closure, there are many other indoor and outdoor public pools open to help keep you physically fit and cool during the summer. The closest outdoor pools to the Congress Park neighborhood are Mestizo-Curtis Pool and La Alma Pool.  Find the full list of pools at

For more information about this project, please send an email to



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MLK Jr Recreation Center | 3880 Newport Street

Mon. - Fri: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Outdoor pools are scheduled to open for summer 2019 on Mon. June 3

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