Aquatics

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Aquatics

Indoor Pool
Balch Street Fitness Center
220 S. Balch St., Akron OH
Membership Required
LIT Classes (Lifeguard in Training)

These classes will allow individuals the opportunity to work with our lifeguards regarding how to become a certified lifeguard for the City of Akron. Do you need practice building your long distance stamina or retrieving the weight from the bottom of the pool? Learn about and practice the different skills needed to pass the Lifeguard certification.

There will be no charge for this opportunity. Pre-registration will be necessary. Check back for dates..

Lifeguards - Now Hiring!

Now Hiring! Apply Now

We are looking for reliable, hard-working individuals to work with us. Eligible employees must be 15 years or older and certified as a Lifeguard through the American Red Cross. Lifeguards are paid $15/hour and can work up to 40 hours per week when the outdoor pools are open. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard but have not yet been certified, please contact Rachel Roukey for certification opportunities.

Outdoor Pools
The city has two outdoor pools that are open during the summer.  Perkins Pool was renovated in 2023 and Reservoir Pool will be under construction for the 2024 season.  We are very excited about the renovations!  Don’t forget to register for your free Open Swim Membership before visiting Perkins Woods Pool.  All patrons must be signed up for the free Open Swim Membership before they can enter the facility. 

Perkins Woods Pool is open for the season!
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Saturday from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(The pool will be closed on Wednesday June 19 and Thursday July 4.)

Click here to register for your membership, or visit akron.recdesk.com

PERKINS POOL 
899 Diagonal Road, Akron OH  44320

RESERVOIR PARK POOL (under construction for the 2024 season)
1735 Hillside Terrace, Akron OH  44305


WEATHER /CLOSINGS 
  • HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON FACILITY USAGE AND WEATHER. 
  • The outside temperature must be at least 70 degrees to open the pool. 
  • The pool will close when there is a threat of thunder or lightning and remain closed for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike observed. 
  • If large crowds are expected, admittance will be restricted.   
Rest Breaks will be called 15 before each hour. Only patrons 18 years and older may remain in the water during rest breaks. 

POOL CAPACITY
  • Pool capacity will be determined each day based on the number of guards on duty, ensuring the safety of patrons.  Pool capacity can change at any time of the day. 
  • Admittance will be restricted once capacity is reached.
  • In the event maximum pool capacity has been reached, the staff will clear the facility at 2:45 PM and 4:45 PM to allow for patrons to be rotated in.
  • Patrons need to be in person in order to be admitted into the facility, there will be no “holding spots”.


Deep end test will be conducted by a Lifeguard and will be done during rest breaks. 


All bags and coolers are subject to search at entry; refusal will result in denial of admission. 

Staff reserves the right to ask individuals to leave when not following pool policies and rules. 


POOL RULES
  • Children under the age 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. 
  • Children ages 5 and under must be within arm’s reach of an adult while they are in the facility. 
  • Instructions from lifeguards must be followed.  
  • Food and beverages permitted on the pool deck only.  
  • No glass or alcohol allowed. Persons suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol shall be prohibited from entering the facility.  
  • No smoking or vaping.  
  • No weapons. 
  • All swimmers should shower before entering the pool. 
  • Proper swim wear required.  No cut-offs, frayed material or socks that can damage the filtration system.  This is a family-friendly environment and any swimsuits that are too revealing may be asked to cover up.  
  • Swim diapers are required for diaper-aged children for health and sanitary reasons.
  • Inappropriate behavior and cussing will not be tolerated.  
  • No running, dunking or excessive horseplay. 
  • Coast Guard approved lifejackets or puddle jumpers are allowed.  No unapproved flotation devices. 
  • Fins, floats, masks, snorkels, and mermaid tails are not permitted.  
  • Do not enter the pool with a cold, skin or other body infection, open wound, diarrhea, or any contagious condition.  
  • No animals, except for service animals, shall be allowed in the pool area. 
  • The City and/or employees are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 
  • Park may be closed due to capacity, inclement weather, or special events. 
Splash Pads
The city has three splash pads located throughout the community.

JOY PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
(Opening mid-June)
825 Fuller Street, Akron OH 44306

FIRESTONE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
(Opens June 3, 2024)
1480 Girard Street, Akron OH 44301

PATTERSON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER 
(Under construction, will be open Summer 2025)

800 Patterson Ave, Akron OH 44310


HOURS
June – September 
Open Daily 10:00AM - 7:00PM  
Weather permitting.  Splash pad may be closed at any time due to weather, maintenance or other operational concerns.


SPLASH PAD RULES
  • The splash pad is not a supervised area – use at your own risk.
  • All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Do not use splash pad when you have diarrhea.
  • Water is not meant for drinking.
  • Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers.
  • Take regular restroom breaks, change diapers in a restroom.
  • Running, jumping and horseplay are prohibited.
  • Pets, food, glass objects and smoking are not permitted.
  • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates or roller blades are prohibited.
  • No jumping off benches or climbing on the spray equipment.
  • The splash pad is for recreational purposes only, no bathing.
  • In case of thunderstorm, lightning, or severe weather, vacate the splash pad immediately.
Swim Lessons

Coming soon….swim lessons will be taking place at Balch Street Fitness Center. There will be a variety of ages and skill levels that will be offered.

Check back for times, dates and costs for the upcoming swim lessons.