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Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer is around the corner -- we promise -- so let’s swim!

It was hard to imagine we would ever be dipping our toes in the water again after our long, cold winter, but the icy freeze is starting to pass and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is getting ready to open the three seasonal swimming facilities for another summer of fun. 
Como Regional Park Pool, Highland Park Aquatic Center and Phalen Park Beach  will open for preseason on May 24-26 and May 31-June 1. For those unable to dive into the preliminary dates, all three facilities will officially open for the summer starting June 7. For anyone looking to get their feet wet before the preseason begins, the year-round Great River Water Park is where you’ll want to be.

Happy Pockets, Happy Kids.
If affordable family entertainment peaks your interest, you will be happy to know there are enough amenities at all three seasonal facilities to keep your family active, engaged and outdoors all day long. Check out park features:

Como Regional Park Pool
  • Family slide and children’s activity pool
  • Aquatic zip line and climbing wall
  • Basketball hoops and diving platform
  • Swimming lessons,water aerobics and junior lifeguarding
  • Lap pool and lazy river
  • Concessions
 Highland Park Aquatic Center
  • Two-story water slide and two drop slides
  • Splash pad and aquatic climbing wall
  • Lap Pool and diving boards
  • Children’s activity pool
  • Concessions
  • Swimming lessons, water aerobics and junior lifeguarding
Phalen Park Beach
  • Sandy beach and volleyball court
  • Locker rooms
  • Concessions
Why buy a membership?

Saint Paul’s aquatic facilities are among the most affordable in the Twin Cities metro and admission to Phalen Beach is always free.  Admission to each of the three water parks is $6 for 48 inches or taller and $5 for 48 inches or less. Family passes are only $20 for up to five people. A special discounted admission rate of only $2 per person will be offered on June 20, July 25 and Aug 15 as part of Family Fun and Fitness Fridays.

Daily admission fees are already low, but why pay every day when you could purchase a summer or year-round membership? Memberships  provide unlimited access to all three water parks, so whether you are looking for a way to stay fit, trying to find activities for kids, you’ll come away a winner with a Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Aquatics Membership.

For more information on Saint Paul’s swimming facilities, visit

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