July 01, 2010 Grab your towel and sunscreen because the water is waiting for you at an Indy Parks' pool. With the summer sun beating down and the kids out of school, you need a place to relax, have fun and cool off—Indy Parks has 18 places to do just that!
This year our pools have gone through major renovations and improvements to give you and your family a "wow" experience at our facilities—$6.5 million worth! Take a spin down our three-story tube slide at Sahm Aquatic Center—the tallest outdoor slide in Marion County—or just lounge around under the sun on our brand new deck furniture.
Your kids will spend hours taking turns on Garfield Park's new frog slide and racing up new 12 foot climbing walls at Brookside, Ellenberger, Willard, Gustafson and Thatcher Park Pool—it's like rock climbing without the scary fall below!
Arrrggghhh your kids interested in sailing off into the high seas? Gustafson's new pirate-themed spray ground will delight your adventure seeking mates with sunken ships and deserted islands that squirt water as your tot runs through the park.
Walk into Martin Luther King Jr. pool and you're greeted with brightly colored murals in the locker room thanks to a partnership with Citizen's Energy Group. Plan a trip to Eagle Creek Beach's Plunge Harbor to jump on the floating trampoline, scale the 18-foot inflatable climbing wall and then make a splash down the slide.
Other highlights include a new spray feature at Riverside Aquatic Center, a fully updated beach house at Eagle Creek Beach and a brand new $2.1 million pool at Bethel Park opening this July.
It's important to get your family safely ready for the water this summer by signing up your little one for swim lessons at various park locations from our lifeguards and water safety instructors certified by the American Red Cross. You can never be too careful or start out too young when it comes to swimming. Indy Parks offers Parent/Tot Water Adjustment classes for infants as young as six months to begin to feel comfortable and secure in the water by playing games, blowing bubbles, floating and kicking. For your preschooler, instructors teach water safety awareness, beginner stroke, front and back floats and they also keep it interesting by incorporating games and interactive play.
Indy Parks' aquatic facilities are staffed by award-winning professionally trained lifeguards. We recently received an overall Five Star rating from SAI—the highest honor for water safety. It is our number one priority and our lifeguards receive extensive training because we know that your family depends on us in an emergency. Each guard participates in the national Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) program to ensure they are ready for the water, which includes preventative lifeguarding instruction, first aid and water rescue skills.
So, dip your toes or jump right in to an Indy Parks' pool.
Visit aquatics.indyparks.org for information about hours, fees and locations.