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Lap Swimming at Holmes Aquatic Center summer 2020
The Holmes Aquatic Center will open for the summer no latter than Wednesday, July 1. The unanimous decision to provide lap swimming only was made during the May, 19 City Council Meeting.
While some cities in the Dallas Fort Worth area have decided to close their pool facilities this summer, University Park and several other local communities have chosen lap swimming as the best alternative for providing residents with some outdoor exercise and summer fun while meeting staffing considerations and effectively managing on-site social distancing requirements. As the City Council discussed during the May 19 meeting, the City will continue to evaluate all options for expanded pool use.
Q: Why lap swimming only?
While some cities in the Dallas Fort Worth area have decided to close their pool facilities this summer, University Park and several other local communities have chosen lap swimming as the best alternative for providing residents with some outdoor exercise and summer fun while meeting staffing considerations and effectively managing on-site social distancing requirements.
Q: When can you lap swim?
The main pool will be open Monday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon and 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Each of the 10 lap lanes will be available in 45-minute time slots. Between time slots staff will disinfect all high-touch areas. Staff will also continually disinfect lifeguard equipment and the lifeguard stands.
Q: Will reservations be necessary prior to arrival?
Yes. Reservations can be made with the Parks and Recreation Department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 214-987-5488. You can also make reservations online using Rec Trac accessed through the City’s website at uptexas.org. Each of the 10 lap lanes will be available with one swimmer per lane. Proof of registration will be required at the gate for all swimmers.
Q: How much will it cost to reserve a lap swim lane?
$5 per swimmer.
Q: Do you need to be a certain age to lap swim and can families reserve several lanes at a time?
Swimmers must be at least six years old. Parents who don’t want to swim, can watch from the picnic table associated with their reserved lane. Families can reserve several lanes at a time, each household member must use the lane assigned to them. No lane sharing is allowed. In all but one lane, the average water depth is four feet.
Q: Do you need to be a resident of University Park to make a reservation?
Continuing long-time policy, anyone inside HPISD boundaries can use the facility. To limit community spread the CDC is currently recommending only local residents be admitted, so guests outside HPISD boundaries will not be allowed to enter. Staff will begin taking reservations as we get closer to opening. Please continue to check the website and the City's social media platforms.
Q: Will the main pool be the only recreation area of the Holmes Aquatic Center that will be in operation this summer?
Yes. Because of social distancing and various State and Federal requirements and guidelines, the slide, baby pool and splash pad areas will be closed. Additionally, all aquatics programs for the 2020 pool season have been cancelled. These include: swim lessons, swim team, senior swim, Dive In movies, library story time, Doggie Splash Day, and all onsite parties.
Q: Will the restrooms be open?
Restrooms with showers will be available.
Q: Will the concessions stand be offering food and drinks?
The concession stand will be closed for the 2020 season. Water will be available for all guests, but you are encouraged to bring your own.
Q: Can you bring food and drinks into the facility?
Yes. Picnic tables will be positioned at the end of all 10 lap lanes. You can bring snacks and water, but you will not be able to eat or remain at the picnic tables after your 45-minute time slot has expired.
Q: What else can you bring to the facility?
The facility will not be providing kickboards, fins, goggles of other types of swim gear. Because products will not be available for onsite purchase, we also encourage you to bring sunscreen and hand sanitizer.
Q: Are there any other guidelines or recommendations?
Yes. All attendees will be asked to wear face coverings while not in the water.
The Holmes Aquatic Center is located at 3501 Lovers Lane within Curtis Park. The complex offers a 50-meter pool, a giant water slide, 3-and 1-meter diving boards and a walk-in ramp to aid handicapped accessibility. A separate pool, with an aerated fountain and shaded area is available for younger children.
Adjacent to the existing children's pool and approximately 1,500 square feet in size, a zero-depth sprayground automatically distributes water to more than 25 spray and water features so that younger children can safely spray, splash and slosh the day away.
The complex is open from May 23rd through Labor Day. The facility is available for University Park residents and those who reside in the Highland Park Independent School District only.
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For questions regarding the city's aquatic facility, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department office at 214-987-5488.
The Holmes Aquatic Center is available to residents of University Park, and those who reside within the HPISD.
To enter, you must provide proof of residency such as a driver license or current utility bill at the gate upon entrance.
The cost for daily admission to the pool is $5 for everyone ages six (6) and older. We also offer a reduced entry rate of $3 to our active military residents with a valid ID.
Summer pool passes are also available. The purchase of a season pass covers your admission fees for the full pool season. Pricing and purchase information for our summer pool passes is listed below. We hope to make buying your summer pool pass easier than ever before! Please be sure to read all the way down to find out how and where you can get your Summer 2019 Pool Pass!
If you have had passes with us before, then you simply need to renew your family's existing passes. Renewals can be completed online or by mail.
ID Cards - Please Read Carefully
ID cards will now be printed EACH year for ALL pass holders. ID cards must be presented for entry each time you visit the pool. Passes are valid only for the person whose name and photo appears on the card. Photos can be done in person at the time of the purchase, or by email. Unless otherwise specified, we will use the photo we have on file for each passholder in your family. Email Address for Pool Pass Photos: firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate in your email who each photo is for.
If you renew online or by mail prior to the pool season, your ID cards will be mailed to your home. Once the pool is open for the summer, cards will be available for pick-up from the cashier at the HAC.
To renew online, you will need your user name and password to access the system. If you are unsure of your login info, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at 214-987-5488.
Renew by Mail
If you prefer to mail in your renewal, download and complete the form, enclose with your payment, and mail to:
First time pool applicants must come in person to purchase pool passes. Locations and office hours are listed below when passes are sold at the Peek Service Center, City Hall, and the UP Public Library. Proof of residency is required to purchase pool passes. We ask that you bring (2) forms of residency such as a drivers' license, utility bill, or lease/home contract. ID cards will be issued for each person in your family purchasing a pass. Once your account has been set up, pictures can be done in person, or by email.
4420 Worcola Street
Dallas, TX 75206
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Dallas, TX 75205
Tuesdays - Thursdays
If you have additional questions about the Holmes Aquatic Center or pool passes, please visit the Pool Pass FAQs page, or contact Parks & Recreation at 214-987-5488.
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