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.
City and County of Denver Parks & Recreation Outdoor Pools may close periodically.
Incidents of closure include:
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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.
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 denvergov.org/recreation.
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DPR's Aquatics Office is offering FREE lifeguard training in an effort to keep our pools adequately staffed. Work where you play and join our team!
In order to participate in lifeguard training, ALL participants must be 15 years old by the end of the training course.
Successfully completing the swimming pretest is also REQUIRED to participate in the full lifeguard training course. The swimming pretest occurs several days before class begins and includes:
Lifeguards protect their community by preventing, recognizing and responding to water-related emergencies.
The American Red Cross has introduced a new blended learning offering which combines online classes, plus in-person water, first-aid and CPR/AED skills training.
Building on the same knowledge and skills as traditional in-person only training, the course trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations, both in and out of the water. Topics include:
After successful completion of the course, participants will receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED for the professional Rescuer, and First Aid.
L.A.P.S. (Lifeguard Academy Preparatory Swimming) is a free drop-in program at select pools for people 15 – 18 years of age.
It is designed for individuals who want to be lifeguards and need to work on their swimming endurance and water treading skills. This program is for those who are comfortable in the water and have some basic swimming skills.
Participants will work to improve the front crawl stroke, breast stroke, treading water, underwater swimming, surface dives in deep water, and endurance swimming.
Click on the links below for more information about L.A.P.S. at specific locations.
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