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Pools & Swimming Questions

Questions & Answers

How old must a child be to attend public swim unsupervised?

For the safety of all patrons we encourage all children to be supervised by an adult. However, all children under the age of 12 are required to be supervised by an adult when attending both the Ridgeland Common and Rehm pools.

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Can I bring outside food and beverages to the pool?

Outside food and beverages are permitted under the following guidelines:

  • No coolers are admitted larger than "lunch box" size
  • All food must be kept off the main pool deck
  • No glass containers or bottles

*Ridgeland Common and Rehm pool offer vending machines and a concessions stand.

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Do I need a bathing suit to swim in the pool?

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires anyone in the water to have a lined bathing suit on at all times.  Leotards, board shorts, athletic shorts, or underwear are not considered bathing suits.

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Are non-swimmers required to pay to come to the pool?

Anyone who enters the facility is required to pay the entry fee.  The pool offers a variety of non-aquatic amenities such as a sand play area, areas for sun tanning, a concession stand, and grass areas.  Even those not swimming must pay the admission.

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Are there certified lifeguards at the pool?

The Park District of Oak Park pools are always supervised by lifeguards during scheduled hours.  All lifeguards are licensed through the International Lifeguard Training Program by Jeff Ellis and Associates.  For more information on lifeguard certifications please click here.

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When does the pool close for poor weather? Are refunds given?

The pools will close for cold weather, thunder, lightning, severe weather, or the imminent threat of severe weather. 

If thunder is heard or lightening is spotted, the pools must close for at least a half hour.  Pools will remain closed until 30 minutes have passed without thunder being heard or lightening being spotted. 

If the air temperature is below 68o the pools may close.  This depends on other factors including time of day, current pool attendance, perceived temperature, and amount of sunlight. 

In any of these situations refunds are not given for weather regardless of the amount of time in the facility before closing.

Please call the weather hotlines below or see our facility status page here:

https://www.pdop.org/parks/facility-schedules-conditions/

Rehm Pool - 708-725-2350

RC Pool - 708-725-2300

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Are non potty-trained children allowed in the water?

Non potty-trained and recently potty-trained children are allowed to swim, but must have all of the following:

  • Rubber pants
  • Swim diapers
  • A lined bathing suit

Rubber pants and swim diapers are sold at the cashier booths at the pool.  In the event of an accident in the pool, the water must be cleared for 30 minutes.  Please help to keep the pool open by ensuring all non potty-trained and recently potty-trained children are wearing all the items listed above.

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When are the slides, diving boards, climbing wall, and diving tower open?

The slides, diving tower, and diving boards are open during all open swim times. These attractions are not open during lap swims or swim lessons.  At Rehm, the slides, diving board, and climbing wall are open the first 30 minutes of every hour and the diving tower the last 30 minutes of every hour.  At Ridgeland the diving boards will be open during pass holder swim, family swim, and open swim.

Only the first platform of the diving tower is available to our guests.

Attractions may close due to low attendance, poor weather, or low staffing levels.

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What happens when pool capacity is reached?

Once the posted pool capacity is reached, staff will allow one person to enter for every one person that leaves in order to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our guests.

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Is the pool heated?

The pool is heated by the environment as well as a boiler.  Staff strives to keep to water at 78o, as the optimal temperature for both lap swimmers and recreational swimmers.  The temperature of the water varies based on the environmental conditions.

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What's the difference between family swim and public swim?

During family swim all patrons must be 18 years of age or older or supervised by someone who is 18 years of age or older.  During family swim, balls, toys, and floatation devices are allowed.  During public swim they are not.  The final difference is that safety break is only called for the last 10 minutes of every hour during public swim time and not during family swim. 

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What age are children are required to have a paid admission for swimming?

Any children over the age of 1 are required to pay admission.  Children under the age of 1 are free of charge.

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What are the different ways to enter the pool? What are the costs?

A daily admission to Ridgeland Common or Rehm pool is $10. 

Pool passes can be purchased for $62 for Oak Park residents and $94 for non-residents.  Our NEW All-Access pool pass allows pass holders to attend any open swim (lap swim, family swim, pass holder swim, or public swim) with the purchase of one pass.

Guest admissions are allowed when a current pass holder visits the pool with someone without a pool pass.  Guest admissions are $7.  Pass holders must be present and notify the cashier that they have a guest who would like the reduced admission.

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Do you rent out the pool area for private parties?

The pool party option we offer is the Rehm Cabana Rental, however we do not offer private pool rentals at this time. Rehm Cabana Rental is suitable for about 20 guests, cost of admission is not included in the hourly rate. See more info about the Rehm Pool Cabana.

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How do I add money for concessions to my pool pass?

Log into your account in our registration system. Then go to "My Account" and "Add Credit".
 
concessions
 

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Can my child wear water wings or bring pool toys?

No motorized toys at any time. Inflatable toys, masks and fins are ONLY allowed during Family and Passholder Swim. U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are allowed. Water wings and other non-Coast Guard approved PFDs are prohibited. Children wearing PFDs must remain within arm’s length of their guardian.

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If my family are pass holders and we have cousins I. From out of town could I bring them as my guest durin pass holder only swim?

Yes, passholders are able to bring guests during all passholder only swims. Passholders must be with their guest in order for their guest to be able to enter the pool.

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If our nanny wants to bring our kids to the pool, will she need to pay the $7 every time? Or how does that work? Our whole family has a pool pass.

A nanny could either pay the $7 each time as a guest, or purchase a pool pass. If your nanny is going daily or even just once a week for the rest of the summer, a pool pass would save money.

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What is the length of Rehm and Ridgeland Pools?

Both Rehm and Ridgeland pools are 50 meters long by 60ft wide. Ridgeland offers one 25 yard lap lane during all public, passholder and family swims.

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