Safety First

For safety reasons, some features at the Family Aquatic Center are subject to height restrictions set by the manufacturer and supported by our insurance carrier:

  • Lazy River - Must be 42 inches tall to ride or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Body Slide and Tube Slide
  • Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride the slides without a coast guard aproved life jacket.
  • Riders between 42 inches and 47 inches may ride the slides with a coast guard approved life jacket.
  • Children inder 42 inches tall are prohibited from riding the water slides.

Emergency Aquatic Center Closings

The Park District reserves the right to close the entire Family Aquatic Center, or portions thereof, under the following conditions:

  • Air temperature below 68
  • Fewer than 25 people in a pool for at least 30 minutes
  • Threatening weather conditions
  • Other safety concerns or lack of attendance

Family Aquatic Center Policies

  • Every guest over three years old entering the facility must show either a Season Pass or pay the daily admission fee. This applies to everyone in the group, even those not planning on entering the water.
  • Patrons will be admitted to the Family Aquatic Center on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority admission for residents. Should maximum capacity be reached, patrons will be admitted as space becomes available. Maximum capacity is 1,200 persons at any one time.
  • Highly trained and certified staff is on duty for your safety. Lifeguards are responsible for enforcing safety rules and for responding to emergencies.
  • A parent or guardian must supervise children. An adult (16 & older) must accompany all children under the age of eight entering the Family Aquatic Center and the water. For the safety of our patrons, the following ratios for adult supervisors to children in the water have been established:
    One person at least 16 years old: up to 5 children under the age of 8.
    One person at least 16 years old: up to 12 children, ages 8 & up
    One person at least 16 years old: up to 5 children, mixed age group
  • All children who are not toilet-trained must wear tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants over diapers or swim diapers.
  • Two lap lanes will be reserved for lap swimming. Lap swimmers must be 16 years or older or receive prior approval from management.
  • All swimmers must take a head-to-toe shower before entering the water.
  • No inflatable toys, fins, water wings, flotation devices or swimsuits with flotation devices in them are allowed in the pool.
  • No outside food or drink is allowed.
  • Food and drink may be purchased at the Concession stand.
  • Safety breaks are scheduled every 90 minutes throughout the day between noon and 5:00 p.m. At this time, only adults and small children under the age of three accompanied by an adult are allowed in the water. Children ages 3 through 16 years of age must exit the water, and must keep their hands and legs out of the water and pool gutters until safety break is over.
  • A complete list of policies, rules and regulations is available upon request.

Help Protect Your Pool

Contamination of our public pools can be avoided with your help! In the best interests of all our patrons, we ask that you take the following safety precautions when visiting the Family Aquatic Center:

  • Take children to the toilet often.
  • All children who are not toilet-trained, or who were recently toilet-trained, must wear tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants over diapers or swim diapers.
  • Change infants/toddlers diapers in a bathroom.
  • Never rinse off an un-diapered child in the pool.
  • Shower with soap and warm water before entering the pool.
  • Avoid using the pool if you are currently suffering from diarrhea, and for at least two weeks after you have recovered.
  • Do not drink or swallow pool water.
  • Inform a lifeguard if you see fecal matter in the pool.

The Family Aquatic Center complies with the procedures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In the event of a fecal or vomit accident, we will:

  1. Clear the water of all swimmers.
  2. Remove as much of the matter from the water as possible.
  3. Clean and disinfect any equipment used to remove the matter.
  4. Place powdered chlorine or liquid bleach in the contaminated area to raise the chlorine level.
  5. Close the water area for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Test water in the affected area. The pool will re-open if readings fall within the appropriate ranges.
  7. Maintain chlorine level of at least 2.0 ppm for 24 hours.

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