The Park District strives to offer a pleasant experience for public swimming. Pool Rules are established to offer a clean and safe environment for everyone. Please obey all pool rules and Aquatic Staff to ensure a safe and fun experience while visiting Otter Cove Aquatic Park.
- All persons are encouraged to take a shower before entering the pool area.
- Locker Room Use
- Women’s Locker Room: girls ages 6 & older
- Men’s Locker Room: boys ages 6 & older
- Family Locker Rooms: available for all guests
- Guests must wear an appropriate swimsuit to swim. Non-appropriate swim attire includes, but is not limited to, sports bras, sport shorts, basketball shorts, cutoff jeans, underwear, thong bikinis and swimsuits deemed to be unfitting for family environment due to tightness, transparency or cut.
- Children who are not toilet-trained must wear a tightly-fitted disposable swim diaper.
- Spitting, spouting of water, blowing the nose or otherwise introducing contaminants into the swimming pool is not permitted.
- Pool water is not suitable for drinking. Patrons should avoid swallowing pool water.
- Running, boisterous or rough play and prolonged underwater breath holding is not allowed.
- All state and local health laws apply.
- The use of cameras and other picture-taking equipment, including cell phones, is prohibited in the locker rooms.
Supervision of Children
- Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their child(ren). Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and respond in case of an emergency.
- Children, ages 10 & under, must be accompanied by a person, age 16 or older.
Play Toys/Swim Devices
- Soft water toys may be used in the Activity Pool and Sand Play Area only.
- Flotation devices and hard-throwing or spraying objects are prohibited in the water areas.
- Infant rings and tubes, baby seat floats, and US Coast Guard approved lifejackets may be used within an arm’s reach of a parent/guardian.
- Use of swim goggles and masks is permitted. Use of snorkels, fins or other devices that obstruct both airways are not allowed.
- Sand toys are not permitted on the splash pads. Do not climb on the turtle or any other feature in the park.
- Do not climb on the turtle or any other feature in the park.
- Rinse off all sand before entering the splash pads or the Aquatic Park.
- Only one person on the diving board at a time.
- Use caution when diving. Head and neck injuries can result from improper diving.
- Make sure diving area is clear of swimmers before diving.
- Wait for previous diver to reach the ladder before diving.
- One bounce allowed per diver.
- Jump straight off board, facing forward only.
- Swimming lanes are designated for lap swim only. Swim to the right side in your lane.
- Maximum rider weight is 300 lbs. Maximum rider weight per tube is 400 lbs.
- Riders must wait for the attendant’s signal before starting the ride.
- Do not propel yourself into the slide.
- Do not go down head first.
- No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, diving or stopping in the flume. Hands and arms must be kept inside the flume at all times.
- No swimming in splash down area.
- Metal objects, locker keys, jewelry, metal snaps, watches, etc. are not allowed on any waterslide.
- Do not use any waterslide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Rider assumes all risk of injury due to misuse of this slide or failure to follow rules.
Body Slide, Drop Slide & Tube Slide
- Riders must be at least 42 inches.
- Riders 42-47 inches may use these slides while wearing an approved US Coast Guard lifejacket.
- Riders 48+ inches may use this attraction without wearing a lifejacket.
- Riders must be at least 42 inches. No lifejackets allowed.
Turbo Freefall Slide
- Riders must be at least 48 inches. No lifejackets allowed.
Body Slide & Drop Slide
- Only one rider may enter the flume at a time. No chain riding permitted.
- Riders must sit feet first lying down on their back or in a sitting position.
- One rider per single tube; two riders per double tube.
- Children may not sit on an adults lap.
- Riders must remain seated in their tube facing forward and holding onto the handles at all times. Do not rock, stop or slow the tube during the ride. No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, diving or stopping in the flume. If you accidentally fall from the tube, continue down the flume without it and exit normally.
- Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position then ride feet first while lying on their back with arms crossed across their chest.
Turbo Freefall Slide
- Riders must enter the slide feet first. Do not sit up while riding this slide.
For Racer Slide & Turbo Freefall Slide
- Riders should remain in proper riding position until forward movement is complete.
- In the runout pool, do not stand until you come to a complete stop and then exit promptly. Water depth in runout pool is approximately 12-18 inches.
Additional Tube Slide Rules
- Enter and exit the Lazy River at designated areas only.
- Adults are responsible for children in the Lazy River at all times.
- Only tubes provided may be used at the aquatic facility. Clear tubes are for the Lazy River only. They are not permitted down the Tube Slide.
- No horseplay, such as pushing, rocking, hitting, etc. allowed.
WARNING: Pregnant women, elderly persons, and people using prescription medicines or those suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure should consult their physician before using slides.
- Lounge chairs must be kept 6 feet from the pool’s edge and clear of emergency access points.
- Food and beverages must be kept and consumed in the Concession Area.
- Gum chewing is not permitted in the aquatic facility.
- Glass containers of any kind are not permitted.
- Otter Cove Aquatic Park is an alcohol and smoke free facility.
Pool Closure Guidelines
The Park District reserves the right to reduce pool operations or close the pool due to inclement weather, low attendance or low staff. Refunds will not be issued due to weather conditions, attendance or scheduled special events. The pool will close if any of the following conditions occur:
- Inclement weather such as strong rain, lightening, tornado, etc.
- Air temperature below 65 degrees
- Attendance severely reduced
- Scheduled special events
- Health & safety of the public is endangered