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General Pool Rules

  • Talking to or distracting the lifeguards who are on duty is not allowed
  • During rest breaks, persons under the age of 18 are to stay a minimum of 4 feet away from the sides of the pool
  • Smoking, drugs, alcohol, weapons, glass or food is prohibited in pool areas. See the pool manager for the location of the designated concession area
  • Only Coast Guard Approved flotation devices are allowed
  • Dunking is prohibited
  • Back dives or flips from the pool deck are prohibited. Front dives are permitted in areas 5 feet or deeper
  • Profanity or abusive language is prohibited
  • The City of Omaha is not responsible for loss or theft of personal belongings
  • Telephone and office areas are for business only. Do not congregate in these areas.
  • Children aged 8 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or responsible individual of 16 yrs.
  • Children aged 6 or older must use the appropriate gender locker room.
  • Children aged 5 or younger must remain within arm’s reach of a parent or responsible individual of 16 yrs. If the child is in the water, the adult must also be in the water.
  • Individuals with a disability requiring an accommodation to safely and enjoyably participate in any of our programs should see the pool manager.
  • No person is permitted to use the pool without first having taken a warm water shower, using soap.
  • No person having an obvious communicable disease, skin eruption, cut, sore or lesion, eye, ear, nose, or throat infection, is permitted to use any public swimming pool.
  • Spitting or spouting of water, blowing the nose, or any other similar activities in the swimming pool is strictly prohibited.
  • No running, boisterous or rough play, except supervised water sports, is permitted in the pool or on the runways, diving boards, floats, platforms, or in the dressing rooms.
  • Food is allowed in designated areas only.
  • Riding on a person’s shoulders or “piggy-back rides” are prohibited.
  • Taking photos or recording video without authorization is prohibited.

Baby Pool & Main Pool for children 5 and under

  • All children must be accompanied by a paid adult, 18 years of age or older
  • Children must not be left unattended by the adult, they must be within arms reach. If the child is in the water, the adult must also be in the water
  • Diaper-aged children are required to wear plastic pants over the diaper. These pants must have elastic around the waist and legs. Swim diapers are also acceptable

Swim Attire

  • Swim suits must be worn and visible in the pool area -- cutoffs, gym shorts, workout shorts, athletic shorts, sports bras, street clothes, etc. are prohibited.
  • Individuals wishing to request a variance from this policy due to religious or medical reasons must see the pool manager for assistance in completing the variance request
  • Thong bathing suits are prohibited
  • T-shirts are not to be worn in the water unless authorized by a pool manager. If approved, they are to be light colored, gray or white
  • Children with diapers are required to wear plastic pants over the diaper. These pants must have elastic around the waist and legs. Swim diapers are also acceptable.

Diving Boards

  • Only one person is allowed on the ladder or board at a time. Swimmers may not wait on the ladder
  • Before leaving the board, make sure the diving area is clear of all swimmers
  • All dives and jumps are to be made from the end of the board. No jumps or dives are allowed off the side of the board
  • Running starts for jumps and dives are not permitted
  • Only one bounce off the board is allowed
  • After entry into the water, the swimmer must vacate the diving area as soon as possible. The swimmer must swim toward the safety rope to either side of the diving area or to the nearest ladder
  • Swimming under the board or toward the back walls not allowed
  • Goggles are prohibited when using the diving board
  • Swinging on the diving board rails is prohibited

Large Slides  (Deer Ridge, Elmwood, Miller Water Park, Oak Heights & Karen)

  • Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride the slide
  • Slides must be ridden feet first, lying on your back or in a sitting position
  • Chains are not permitted
  • Riders must wait for the attendant's signal before starting the ride
  • Do not run, dive, stand, kneel, rotate or stop in the slide
  • At the end of the slide, obey all instructions by the attendant and exit quickly
  • Glasses must be securely affixed to riders with head straps
  • Swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, metal ornamentation or other personal items that may cause injury to the rider or damage to the slide are not permitted
  • Riders are not permitted to be caught at the bottom of the slide
  • Riders must be able to exit the splash pool independently (at Miller, with the assistance of a companion or by using the lift provided)
  • One rider at a time on the Flume Slide

River Slide (Miller Water Park. an ADA Accessible Slide)

  • Up to 4 riders at a time are permitted on the River Slide
  • Riders needing assistance may ride the River Slide with a companion. If a companion is required, it is your responsibility to provide one
  • Riders must be able to mount the River Slide with the assistance of a companion or independently by using the tier steps provided
  • A water wheelchair and life jacket are available if needed

Small Kiddy Slides(Gallagher, Hanscom, Miller Water Park & Oak Heights)

  • Slides must be ridden feet first, lying on your back or in a sitting position
  • Never form chains
  • Do not run, dive, stand, kneel, rotate or stop in the slide
  • At the end of the slide, obey all instructions by the attendant and exit quickly
  • Glasses must be securely affixed to the rider with head straps
  • Swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, metal ornamentation or other personal items that may cause injury the rider or damage to the slide are not permitted
  • Riders are not permitted to be caught at the bottom of the slide
  • One rider at a time

Floatables Rules

  • Standing on the floatable is not permitted
  • Pushing others off the floatable is not permitted
  • Remain clear of the anchor chains at all times
  • Swimming under the floatable is not permitted
  • Hanging on the head of the snake is not permitted (at Mockingbird Hills)

News and Events

  • Trails, Parks & Other Closings

    2019-03-14 21:14:40

    Due to the increased water levels/flooding, the following trails/parks have been closed: Glenn Cunningham Lake is closed until further notice. This includes the lake, playground, trails and disc golf course.  Bi ...

  • NP Dodge Park CLOSED Due To Elevated River Levels

    2019-03-14 15:27:04

    (Omaha, NE – March 14th, 2019) – Due to heavy rains and the rising levels of the Missouri River, the City of Omaha Parks Department will be closing NP Dodge Park effective immediately.  Facility ...

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge - OPEN

    2019-01-25 17:29:16

    Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge CLOSED The Bob Kerrey Bridge is back OPEN to the public. We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions regarding the bridge, please call 402-444-5900. 

  • 144th Street Trail Closure

    2018-11-09 16:54:58

    144th Street Trail Closure (Omaha, NE) – November 9th, 2018 - The east portion of the 144th Street Trail between West Maple Road and Eagle Run Drive will close on Monday, November 12, 2018 so that MUD can work on a wa ...