GR pools, splash pads open Friday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids public pools and splash pads will open for the summer on Friday.

The Briggs, Richmond and Martin Luther King, Jr. pools in Grand Rapids will be open for through Sept. 1, according to a Tuesday release. The longer, more than 11-week swim season is thanks to a millage that Grand Rapids voters passed in November 2013, the city says.

  • The Briggs Pool, located at Lafayette and Knapp NE, will be open Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool, located at Fuller and Franklin SE, will be open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday  from12:30 p.m. to 7p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Richmond Pool, located at Richmond and Tamarack NW, will be open Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
  • Splash pads at Aberdeen and Mulick parks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. regularly and will have staff on site.
  • Splash pads at Alger, Heartside, Joe Taylor and Mary Waters parks, and Gerald R. Ford Middle School on Madison Avenue SE will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will not have staff on site.

Adult Grand Rapids residents can swim for $2 and children under 17 for $1. The fee for all nonresidents will be $4. All children under 1 get in free. Swimmers can also get open swim punch passes. Resident families can buy $80 pool passes, which allow a family of as many as six to swim all summer. Additional family members can be added to the pass for $10 each.

All pools will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Other closures for weather or other reasons will be announced on the recreation cancellation hotline, which can be reached at 616.456.3699.

The city will also swim lessons at all pools for children between 6 months and 12 years. An eight-class session costs $48 for residents and $58 for nonresidents. Swim lessons for teens and adults, as well as a diving class at Richmond Park, cost $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. Some scholarships are available for qualifying residents. People can register for those classes online or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 616.456.3696.



City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

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