Which Local Pools and Splash Pads Will and Won’t Open This Summer

Milwaukee County Parks say a staffing shortage is forcing closures.

Milwaukee County Parks announced that outdoor pool season is starting this year on June 11.  Five splash pads, nine wading pools and four outdoor pools will open for the season between June 11 and 18, including Schulz Aquatic Center at Lincoln Park, Sheridan Park Pool, Wilson Park Pool and McCarty Park Pool.

But due to lifeguard staffing shortages, many pools and pads will be closed this season.

“Challenges hiring lifeguards have been seen by communities across the region and even the whole country,” said Guy Smith, the executive director of Milwaukee County Parks in a news release. “So, unfortunately, many cities and towns are having to limit the aquatic facilities they’re opening. While we’re only able to open a limited number of facilities this summer, we’ve worked closely with our partners, including Milwaukee Recreation and the City of Milwaukee, to ensure that equitable access to pools will still be available across the entire county “



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Here’s the schedule for the pools, splash pads and wading pools that will be open this summer:

Pools and Water Parks

  • McCarty Park Pool, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis, June 18-Aug. 20
  • Schulz Aquatic Center at Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., Glendale, June 11-Aug. 20
  • Sheridan Park Pool, 4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy, June 18-Aug. 20
  • Wilson Park Pool, 1601 W. Howard Ave., June 18-Aug. 20

Splash Pads

  • Carver Park, 911 W. Brown St., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Dineen Park, 6901 W. Vienna Ave., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Gordon Park, 2828 N. Humboldt Blvd., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Madison Park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., Wauwatosa, June 11-Aug. 13
  • Moody Park, 2201 W. Auer Ave., June 11-Aug. 13

Wading Pools

  • Cooper Park, 8701 W. Chambers St., June 11-Aug. 13
  • Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners, June 11-Aug. 13
  • Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., June 11-Aug. 13.
  • La Follette Park, 9418 W. Washington St., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Lindsay Park, 4360 N. 87th St., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Sherman Park, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., June 18-Aug. 20
  • Smith Park, 5462 N. 33rd St., June 11-Aug. 13
  • Wedgewood Park, 7201 W. Wedgewood Dr., June 11-Aug. 13
  • West Milwaukee Park, 5000 W. Burnham St., West Milwaukee, June 11-Aug. 13

And here are the Milwaukee County pools, splash pads and wading pools that will not be open this summer:

Pools and Water Parks

  • Cool Waters in Greenfield Park
  • Grobschmidt Pool
  • Hales Corners Park Pool
  • Jackson Park Pool
  • Pelican Cove in Kozy Park
  • Washington Park Pool

Wading Pools

  • Alcott Park
  • Algonquin Park
  • Greene Park
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Park
  • Jacobus Park
  • Kops Park
  • Lyons Park
  • Mitchell Park
  • Pulaski-Cudahy Park
  • Rainbow Park
  • Saveland Park
  • Sheridan Park
  • Tiefenthaler Park
  • Tippecanoe Park
  • Harriet Tubman Park
  • Walker Square Park

Splash Pads

  • Clarke Square Park
  • Lucille Berrien Park
  • Washington Park

Milwaukee County Parks is offering one last opportunity to become a lifeguard this summer. Interested applicants will need to attend four training sessions and pass a final test to get the job. The session will take place from Monday, May 23 to Thursday, May 26 from 5-7:30 p.m. each night at Pulaski Indoor Pool, and the final test is on Saturday, May 28 at 8 a.m.

For the latest information on pool openings and closings, visit mkeswim.com.



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