Des Plaines Park District

Mystic Waters

2025 Miner Street, Des Plaines • 847-391-5740
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OUTDOOR POOL GUIDELINES–2021

Outdoor pool and weather updates are posted on the DPParks mobile app under Conditions.


Mystic Water Admission Fees (2021)

All residents of the City of Des Plaines, regardless of whether or not you live within the boundaries of the park district, pay the resident rate for admission to the pools, and for pool passes.

General Admission

Residents
Adults, $12
Senior and youth: $10
Children 2 and younger: Free
Chippewa & Iroquois pass holders receive $1 off resident fees.
A valid ID is required to receive resident rates.

Non-residents
Adults, $15
Senior and youth, $13
Children 2 and younger: Free

Twilight Swim: Enter Mystic Waters starting at 6p.
Residents

Adults, $10
Senior and youth: $9
Children 2 and younger: Free
Chippewa & Iroquois pass holders receive $1 off resident fees.
A valid ID is required to receive resident rates.

Non-residents
Adults, $13
Senior and youth, $11
Children 2 and younger:

Cooler Fee: $6 for all full-size coolers brought into Mystic Waters.


Mystic Waters Hours

Dates and times are subject to change without notice based on attendance, weather and staffing.
Check the DPParks Mobile App for updates. 

Mystic Waters is closed for the season. See you next year!

Dates and times are subject to change without notice based on attendance, weather and staffing.


Parties at Mystic Waters

You can host a Birthday Party or Family Outing at the beautiful Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center. We look forward to working with you, to help make your party a success.
We provide:
• Quick & easy access to the water park for your guests, during open hours. (You must supply us with a guest list, prior to the day of your event.)
• A private party area, which is yours to use for 2 hours.
• A Mystic Waters staff member, to assist you and your guests.
• Catered meals. Includes your choice of hots dogs or pizza (choose from cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza); plus popcorn, a soft drink, and an ice cream treat!

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on April 1.
For 2022: The party area may be booked from June 5, through August 7, 2022.
Monday–Friday:
1:30–3:30p • 3:45–5:45p • 6:00–8:00p
Saturday and Sunday:
11:15a–1:15p • 1:30–3:30p • 3:45–5:45p • 6:00–8:00p

Rental Fee Please note: These are the 2021 fees. 2022 fees will be finalized in February, 2022
Book a party on a weekday and receive a $25 discount!
For residents of the Park District:
$193 for the first 12 guests (10 youth & 2 adults).
For non-residents, the fee is $275 for the first 12 guests (10 youth & 2 adults).
Additional guests are $15 each. Our party area can comfortably hold 40 guests. The maximum allowed is 50.
A $50 deposit is due at the time you make your reservation. The balance is due on the day of your party.

To Reserve Your Date
Please download and complete the Reservation Request Form and return it with your $50 deposit to:
Group Reservations Manager
Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center
515 E. Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
–Forms are also available at Prairie Lakes


Group Outings at Mystic Waters

For 2022: Group reservations available Monday–Friday, from June 6 to August 5
Reservations are accepted beginning February 1, and are processed on a first come, first-served basis.
Please include a second choice, in the event your rst choice has reached capacity.

IMPORTANT!
Groups with children under 10 years are required to have a 1:5 counselor to camper ratio. With children 10 years and over the ratio is 1:10. Please note: Groups who do not meet these safety minimums will be refused admission.

LUNCH
Groups can bring their own sack lunch or purchase items from the Island Café Lunch times will be assigned on the day of your trip. The Island Café opens at 11:30a.

PAYMENT
A $50 deposit for each visit is due with each reservation form. Requests are not processed without a deposit. Your deposit will be applied to the amount due at the door. Balance is due at the door on the date of your trip. You may also pre-pay the amount due. Refunds are only issued for amounts exceeding $10.00. Please make checks payable to the Des Plaines Park District.

CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE
To complete your reservation, the Des Plaines Park District needs a copy of your Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 (one million dollars) that must include the following language: “Additional insured for 1 million dollars which is to include the Des Plaines Park District, its officers, employees, volunteers and agents.” This document must also list your specific rental dates.
Note about Insurance: Organizations who are members of the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) are exempt.

CONFIRMATION
Confirmation of your reservation will be e-mailed to you, along with other information about your visit.

REFUND POLICY
Cancellations made by you will result in possible rescheduling, or forfeit of your $50 deposit. Cancellations made by the Des Plaines Park District due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will result in possible rescheduling or full refund of your deposit.

To Reserve Your Date
Please download and complete the Group Outing Request Form and return it with your $50 deposit to:
Group Reservations Manager
Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center
515 E. Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
–Forms are also available at Prairie Lakes


ABOUT MYSTIC WATERS

One of the largest and most beautiful waterparks in Northern Illinois, Mystic Waters is a favorite destination for families throughout the Chicagoland area.
Featuring two exciting 37 foot slides – some of the highest in the area, and a variety of fun spaces, Mystic Waters is filled with activities for all ages. After braving the big slides of Otter’s Run, enjoy the daring drop slides and cliff dives in Sea Lion Falls. Need to relax? Mystic Waters offers the Crocodile Cove lazy river, with 550 feet of inner tube floating fun, and the expansive Dolphin Bay: a zero depth leisure pool where you can enjoy fountains, jet sprays and a child-size dolphin slide.

For the youngest (and the young at heart), Beluga Beach is just right. It features water-spray stands on a non-slip surface with no free-standing water, making it an enjoyable introduction to water park fun for tots and other non-swimmers. Beluga Beach includes all kinds of splashtacular fun, with multiple water sprays and a very cool jungle gym.

The Island Café is a perfect place for lunch, refreshments, and snacks.

Mystic Waters Facility Policies

Coolers: Coolers are allowed inside the facility. They are to be kept on the grassy picnic area near the concession stand; coolers are not allowed on the pool deck. All coolers will be checked at the gate for glass, alcohol, knives, etc.

Chairs: Lounge chairs are available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp-style chairs, which fold up into a sleeve, may be brought inside the facility and used on any grassy area.

Strollers: Strollers, wagons or other wheeled carriers are not allowed in the facility. Infant carriers are welcome.

Credit Cards: Payment for admission and concession purchases can be made with a credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover.

Lockers are available for pool patrons to use for free. You must use your own lock.  We have some Master Combination Padlocks available to purchase for $6. Mystic Waters encourages everyone to lock any valuable in the lockers, as the park district is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Slide Restrictions: Metal objects, eyeglasses/goggles, or jewelry are not permitted on any of the slides. Staff is not responsible for lost or misplaced personal belongings.

Lifejackets: Lifejackets are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. They should be used only by non-swimmers. Be sure to return the lifejacket at the end of your stay, so that it is available for others. Only Coast Guard approved personal use flotation devices are allowed in the facility. Any child wearing a lifejacket must be within one arms-length of a parent or guardian at all times and will not be allowed on any of our water slide attractions.


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.
• Check the DPParks app, under Conditions, to see the current open/closed status. Download the app here.
• To help determine changes to outdoor pool openings 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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OUTDOOR POOLS

For the most complete and up to date information, please check our website, DPParks.org, our Facebook page, or the DPPD Mobile App.

General Information for Summer 2021
• Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask/face covering while waiting in line, entering/exiting the facility, and using the locker rooms or rest rooms.
• Masks are encouraged while on deck, but are not required while maintaining 6-feet of distance from other parties or while in the water.
• 6-feet of social distance shall be maintained in all areas of the facility, except for members of the same party.
• Wash hands frequently when not using the pool. Especially after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing.
• Do not enter the facility if you or anyone in your party are experiencing symptoms of illness or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

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