Des Plaines Park District

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center

— Facility Hours —

Map and directions

— July & August, 2020 —

Monday–Friday, 5:30a–8:00p
Fridays from 5:00–8:00p in July and August are
Wibit Nights in the big pool.
No lap swimming. See admission fees below.
Saturday, 8:00a–8:00p
Sunday, 8:00a–6:00p
After 4:00p on Saturdays & Sundays,
please use the Aquatic Center entrance.
Hours and occupancy maximums are subject to change based on IDPH guidelines.
June 20–August 13, the Splash Pad is closed
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00–2:30p

Hours and occupancy maximums are subject to change based on the most current IDPH guidelines.

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Fridays    July 31–August 28    5:00–8:00p
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
Please note:
There is no lap swimming from 5–8p on Fridays.
We follow the IDPH Phase 4 Health & Safety Guidelines.
There is a 50 person maximum in the Aquatic Center.

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Through August 29, purchase an
annual Aquatic Center Membership,
or a Prairie Pass (Fitness Center + Aquatic Center)
and you’ll receive a
$10 discount on your individual membership,
a $20 discount on your couples membership,
or a $30 discount on your family membership.
Discounts do not apply to any
EFT (monthly payment) memberships.

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See all of the Fitness and Aquatics Memberships HERE
See the Summer Schedule of Aquatic Programs HERE
See the Summer Swim Lessons HERE


The Des Plaines Park District has announced that it will have a Soft Opening of the Lap Pool and Splash Pad at Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The third major feature of the new Aquatic Center, a Wellness Pool, is undergoing a fix to its whirlpool jets, and is why the Grand Opening has been postponed to Saturday, August 29.

“We are very excited about opening the Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center,” said Don Miletic, Executive Director. “The Park Board and staff have done a great job in providing the community with something they can be proud of, and the Aquatic Center has something for all ages to enjoy.”

During the Soft Opening weekend, the park district is offering free admission, with some simple requirements. Families, and adults 18 and older, should call the Prairie Lakes Community Center, 847-391-5711, to reserve spots in one of the four 90-minute time slots available on either Saturday or Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. The district has included a 30-minute cleaning and disinfecting period between each of the groups. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years of age. IDPH Guidelines for pool operators are in place, including wearing a mask when entering and leaving the facility, and social distancing when not in the water. Reservations can also be requested by emailing a first, second and third choice for a day and time to Due to the pool capacity limits set in Phase 4, reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins will be accommodated if the capacity limit permits.

Locker rooms and family changing rooms will be open, however, to make the most of your 90-minutes the district recommends you arrive ready to swim. Parking will be available in the Prairie Lakes north lot, and the new Aquatic Center lot near the main entrance at the southwest corner.

The Aquatic Center is a new building behind Prairie Lakes Community Center, at 515 E. Thacker Street. Following a series of public forums held by the park district to gather input from residents and years of planning by the Aquatic Task Force consisting of Park Board Members and staff.

The new center includes an 8-lane, 25-yard competition & lap pool, which is now home to the park district’s award-winning Warriors Swim Team. Along with daily lap swimming and the new year-round Swim School, this pool will host local and regional swim competitions. During designated times, we plan to offer water polo, basketball and Wibit Water Equipment for our youth to enjoy.

The warm water Wellness Pool has a 3-1/2 to 4 foot depth, and is designed for a wide range of aqua exercise classes, aqua cycling, and water walking. Beginning in September, the district will offer Aqua Zumba, Deep Stretch Yoga, and a variety of other classes year-round. The built-in benches and water jets provide an additional way for users to relax. “Our aqua exercise classes are always popular, and we expect our residents to enjoy all the wonderful amenities,” said Miletic.

For kids and families, there is a large Splash Pad for both daily use and as a special attraction for birthday parties that can be held in the new Party Room. That room also includes access to an outdoor patio area. The construction of a new outdoor basketball court, volleyball court and walking pathway provides for great recreation activities.