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OUTDOOR POOL GUIDELINES–2022
Outdoor pool and weather updates are posted on the DPParks mobile app under Conditions.
— GENERAL —
Important Information About Weather Related Pool Openings and Closings
• Weather driven changes to the daily opening and closing times for all outdoor pools are always at the discretion of the pool manager.
• A change to the daily opening and/or closing time for any of our outdoor pools is posted on the DPParks mobile app. Download it at www.dpparks.org/mobile-app.
• To help determine changes to outdoor pool lopenings and closings when the weather is cool or inclement, park district and pool staff use local apps including Weather.com, Weather Bug, and Weather Underground.
• For the safety of our guests and staff, we temporarily close an outdoor pool when the ThorGuard Lightening Detection System sounds a warning, or when thunder is heard, or when lightening is spotted. Weather conditions are then reevaluated every 45–60 minutes. We open again as soon as the pool manager determines that it is safe to do so. We do not issue rain checks.
• We typically close an outdoor pool early when there are fewer than 20 swimmers present at Chippewa or Iroquois for an hour, or fewer than 50 swimmers present at Mystic Waters for an hour. We also close when the temperature drops below 70 degrees and is projected to remain below 70 degrees for the rest of the day.
• If the temperature is near 70 degrees at opening time, an outdoor pool opens for one hour so the pool manager can determine attendance and assess the forecast.
Questions about the pools or swim lessons?
Contact Matt Hartnett, Aquatics Manager. 847-390-4949. Email.
— THE OUTDOOR POOLS —
Chippewa pool has a zero depth entry into the shallow end, where there are geysers, a Fumbling Five, and a tot slide for swimmers under 48″ tall. In the deep end of the leisure pool there is a drop slide for swimmers over 48″ tall and a three meter diving board. On the deck there is a large shade structure and an umbrella. The pool has an ADA lift for those who have trouble entering or leaving the water. Concessions are available at the admissions booth. Soda and water, healthy snacks, and ice cream are available for purchase. All food must be enjoyed in the covered picnic area. Free life jackets are available for use, poolside.
Map and directions to Chippewa Pool
This popular neighborhood pool is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. The deep end has a diving board.
Map and directions to Iroquois Pool
What is the future of Iroquois Pool?
We plan to keep Iroquois Pool open in 2021. While Iroquois is more than 50 years old, and is well past the natural life of a pool built in that era, our outstanding mechanical wizards have kept it operating safely and economically. Will that always be possible? No. Outdoor pools don’t last forever, and maintaining them eventually becomes impractical. Upgrading, or demolishing and rebuilding a pool on this site is not possible for some simple reasons: there is not enough land to upgrade or build within the current safety and land management codes. We could not meet the mechanical, ADA, and storm water detention requirements. We’re researching options for building a pool to serve residents on the southeast side of Des Plaines. We welcome your input.