Seven Clark County water parks will open for Memorial Day weekend at on Saturday, May 25, kicking off the beginning of summer fun.
"Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of the summer season at Clark County's pools and water parks," said County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "We also want to encourage everyone to always keep water safety in mind and get your kids enrolled in swimming lessons as soon as possible. Our summer classes fill up fast."
The County's water parks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend with the exceptions of the Laughlin Water Park, which will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 25 and May 26, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 27. Locations are as follows:
- Desert Breeze Water Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Rd.
- Cambridge Water Park at 3930 Cambridge St.
- Hollywood Water Park at 1550 S. Hollywood Blvd.
- Paradise Water Park at 4770 Harrison Dr.
- Parkdale Water Park at 3200 Ferndale St.
- Walnut Water Park at 3085 Cecile Ave.
- Laughlin Water Park, 3790 S. James Bilbray
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer pool season. All County pools will be open for the summer except for the Whitney Pool, which opens Tuesday, May 28, and the Logandale Pool, which opens Saturday, June 15. Clark County's Parks and Recreation Department operates 16 pools and water parks. Each pool may have slightly different pool hours. Water parks feature twisting slides, gushing fountains, play areas, zero-depth entry for young swimmers, and shade on the pool deck. A list of locations, hours and various programs offered at each facility and related fees can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks.
Most Clark County pools offer swimming lessons twice during the summer in three-week sessions. Lessons range from beginning skills to get swimmers comfortable in the water to aquatic sports such as swim team, synchronized swimming, water polo and lifeguarding skills. The first session runs June 17-July 3. The second session runs July 15-August 1. The sessions fill up quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online registration is recommended as the most efficient way to register, especially to obtain spots at Desert Breeze and Hollywood pools during the summer. Registration dates for the second session of summer lessons will be July 2 for mail-in, July 5 for online and July 8 for walk-in. Each aquatics facility has a brochure containing information about swim classes posted on the Parks and Recreation Department's website pages. An Aquatics Program registration form is posted online and can be printed out and submitted to the facility offering the program of interest. To learn more, call Clark County's Aquatics Program at (702) 455-8508 or email it at CCAquatics@ClarkCountyNV.gov. In 2018, Clark County's pools had more than 18,000 enrollments in its aquatics programs.
Clark County is a partner in the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition and created a public service announcement in cooperation the Southern Nevada Health District and many other local agencies and organizations to help educate residents about drowning prevention. The PSA is airing on Clark County Television and is posted on the County's social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The following three steps are recommended to prevent drownings:
- Patrol – Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively watch children in the water, including pools, bathtubs, or other bodies of water.
- Protect – Install barriers between your home and pool to ensure safety including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock doggie doors children can't crawl through them.
- Prepare – Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take adult CPR classes, and be sure to equip your pool with proper safety equipment including life jackets, personal floatation devices and rescue tools. If an emergency happens, have a telephone nearby to call 9-1-1.
As part of the community's drowning prevention efforts, Drowning Prevention Coalition members urge all adults to take a pledge to be a Water Watcher every time children in their care are in or near water. Parents also are encouraged to ask about Water Watcher plans whenever they leave their children near water and under the supervision of another adult. Water Watcher pledge cards and lanyards also are available to the public at Clark County pools. Pledge cards in English and Spanish also are available at Health District outreach events and can be downloaded from the drowning prevention pages of the agency's website at www.SNHD.info.