Des Plaines Park District

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center

Until further notice, a reservation is required to use the Lap Pool and Wellness Pool.
Reservations are for 1 hour, with 15 minutes between reservation times.
Spots per hour: 8 people for the Lap Pool, 2 people for Wellness Pool.
Masks must be worn at all times while you are in a facility, except while swimming.
The Splash Pad is closed during the Tier 3 mitigations.
Questions? Call us at 847-390-4949.

Reserving online is quick and easy.
Click a button, then select your day and time.

Check availability for January 11–17.

Reserve now for January 18–24.

January 25–31 will open online at 8:30a Monday, January 18.

Posted December 21
Updated January 11

Due to the overwhelming response for reservations at the Aquatic Center and Fitness Center during the Tier 3 Mitigations, we have changed the schedules to open more times for our members. With slight alterations to the times, and with your help, we can provide an additional 120 reservations each week for the Aquatic Center, and 192 reservations each week for the Fitness Center. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing more recreational opportunities for all of you in 2021.

The reservation schedule for the Health Club at the Leisure Center is not changing.
• Call 847-391-5700, M-F, 8:30a–5:30p to reserve.

Please note two important changes for all reservations:
1) The time between reservations has been reduced from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. We can accomplish the required cleaning in that time.
2) Your 1 hour reservation time must now include the time you need to prepare for swimming or working out, and the time you need to get ready to leave the buildings when you’ve finished your swim or your workout.

We understand that this will reduce your overall time by a few minutes. We hope the benefit to your fellow members outweighs this inconvenience. We’re all looking forward to spring and summer when IDPH guidelines should allow for more people in our facilities.

Aquatic Center and Fitness Center members should reserve their times online. For those who have not used the Signup Genius site before, the process is simple. Details, and a Click Here To Reserve button are on the Aquatic Center website page and the Fitness Center website page. If you have questions, you can always call us: Aquatics, 847-390-4949, and Fitness, 847-391-5711.

• Reservations for January 11–17 and 18–24 are open now.
• Reservations open at 8:30a on Monday for the following week.
• Reservations for January 25–31 will open online at 8:30a Monday, January 18.
• Reservations for February 1–7 will open online at 8:30a Monday, January 25.

In order to accommodate as many members as possible in the new schedule, please note that you will be able to reserve up to four time slots per week. Each member must make their own reservations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Donald Miletic, CPRP
Executive Director
Des Plaines Park District

Posted December 15

To Our Members:

Thank you for being a valued member of the Des Plaines Park District Prairie Lakes Community Center, Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center, and the Health Club at the Administrative and Leisure Center. These facilities will be closed on Thursday, December 24 starting at noon and will reopen on Saturday, January 2 at the regularly scheduled facility times. This decision is not an easy one, due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers and holiday gatherings, the Park District is closing for safety reasons to protect its customers and staff. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have and look forward to providing recreational opportunities to all of you in 2021.

Our Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) membership’s December bills saw a reduction of 50% on the December 15 cycle as a result of the facility closures. Our Monthly
& Annual paid in full members will have their membership dates extended for the closure dates for the week after Thanksgiving and the upcoming week after the Christmas holiday. We do not anticipate future closures at this time and will continue to evaluate the effect of membership usage due to current and future mitigations. We understand each situation is unique and will be further reviewing memberships prior to billing any Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) in the January billing cycle and Monthly & Annual memberships through adjusts and extension of services, as needed.

If you feel your membership needs additional attention, feel free to contact one of our facility managers to discuss potential changes.

Donald Miletic, CPRP
Executive Director
Des Plaines Park District

Prairie Lakes Winter Hours
Monday–Friday, 5:30a–8:00p
Saturday, 8:00a–6:00p
Sunday, 8:00a–6:00p

For our Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center Members  Posted December 10: The Locker Rooms are now open.
Until further notice, a reservation is required to to use the facility. Please read the reservation details on this page.
Masks must be worn at all times while you are in a facility, except while swimming.

About Refunds and Credits
Refunds and credits will be provided automatically for all cancelled class dates. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to ensure you receive the appropriate refund/credit.
Aqua Fitness and Swim Team participants will receive a refund for canceled classes/practices.
Swim School participants:
Annual EFT: November payment was reduced and future payments will be adjusted accordingly
5 class pass: extended expiration date for missed weeks

About Membership Adjustments
Memberships that were paid in full will have their expiration date extended by the number of days the facility is closed to the public. Memberships paid monthly via EFT will receive a credit/reduction to their monthly billing amount for the number of days closed to the public since the prior month’s billing cycle.

To Our Program Participants
The status of classes, programs, and facilities changes frequently. We appreciate your patience as we receive information on a daily basis.
Up-to-date information will be posted on this website page. Your program supervisor can be reached via their email address listed HERE, and in the Spectrum Program Guide.
Be assured that refunds and credits will be provided automatically for all days that the facility has been closed.
We continue to monitor the Tier 3 mandates and guidelines, and will post information about the safe reopening of facilities and programs as soon as it is available
Check the park district website for the most complete, up-to-date information about changes to facility and program schedules.

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center

— Winter 2020-2021 Hours —

Map and directions
After 4:00p on Saturdays & Sundays,
please use the Aquatic Center entrance.
(At the southwest corner of the Prairie Lakes complex.)
Hours and occupancy maximums are subject to change based on current IDPH guidelines:
Lap Pool, 50 • Splash Pad, 25 • Wellness Pool, 20
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— Lap Swim —
, 5:30a–8:00p
There are limited lanes available from 4:00–8:00p.
No lap lanes are available during Swim Team practice
from 7:00–8:00p on Wednesdays.

Friday, 5:30a–5:00p
Saturday, 8:00a–6:00p
Sunday, 8:00a–6:00p
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— Public Swim —
Monday–Thursday, 11:30a–3:30p
Friday, 5:00–8:00p
Saturday, noon–8:00p
Sunday: noon–6:00p
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— Splash Pad —
, 9:00a–8:00p

Saturday, 9:00a–7:00p
Sunday: 9:00a–6:00p
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— Wellness Pool —
For adults 16 and older.
Children under 16 are only allowed during Swim School,
when accompanied by an adult.

There is limited open space in the Wellness Pool
during class times:
Monday–Thursday, 5:00–7:00p and
Saturday 10:30a–12:30p.
Monday–Friday, 5:30a–8:00p
Saturday, 8:00a–6:00p  
Sunday: 8:00a–6:00p

Holiday Hours
December 25–January 1, Closed
Beginning January 2, hours as posted above.

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—    PLEASE NOTE    —
Whether or not we can host a Wibit Night depends entirely on the current capacity guidelines from the IDPH.

Select Fridays  •  5:00–8:00p 
— No lap lanes are available. —
Special Wibit inflatables might include

the Wiggle Track and Rodeo Splash,
plus Water Polo, Basketball and Volleyball.
Wibit Night Admission Fees
Pass Holders, $3/person
Residents, $10/person
Non-residents, $15/person
Aquatic Center Members: Purchase your ticket for Wibit Night here.
NOTE: You must have a valid Prairie Pass or Aquatics pass to purchase advance tickets.
We follow all current IDPH Phase 4 Health & Safety Guidelines.

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Fitness and Aquatics Membership information is HERE
Download a PDF of the Fitness and Aquatic Center Membership Form 

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center
8-lane, 25-yard competition & lap pool
Along with daily lap swimming and the new year-round Swim School, this pool will host local and regional swim competitions. During designated times and special events, we offer water polo, basketball and Wibit water play equipment for all to enjoy.
This is new home of the park district’s award-winning Warriors Swim Team.

Wellness Pool
For ages 16 and older, except for participants in Swim School classes when accompanied by an adult.
A 3-lane, warm water pool, with a 3-1/2–4 foot depth, designed especially for aqua exercise classes including aqua cycling, water walking, Aqua Zumba, Deep Stretch Yoga, and a variety of others that are offered year-round. See the current Spectrum Program & Events Guide for details. Built-in benches and water jets, in a separate seating area, provide an additional way for adults to relax.

Splash Pad for kids ages 2–12
Open daily. Beautifully designed, bright, and full of fun slides, sprays, and touch activated water activities. Note that there are no lifeguards or park district staff on duty is the Splash Pad area. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
The Splash Pad can be booked as a special attraction for events in the Party Room. Parties and meetings held in that room also include access to the outdoor patio area.

Locker rooms and family changing rooms
We offer separate men’s and women’s facilities and six Family Changing Rooms for adults with young children. Children over the ager of 6 should use the gender appropriate locker room. Lockers are free to use, but you must provide your own lock. Locks are available for purchase at the Aquatic Center front desk.

• Parking is always free. Use the Community Center lot on Thacker Street or the Aquatic Center Main Entrance lot on the southwest side of the building. Map and directions

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711