We’ve waited a long time this year for some warm weather. And it’s finally here! As the school year winds down, Greeley’s outdoor pools and splash parks are gearing up for their summer season. Memorial Day weekend often marks graduation ceremonies but here in Greeley, Colorado, it’s also the opening date of outdoor aquatics fun for everyone!
If you’re looking for things to do in Greeley during summer, the city boasts two amusing outdoor pool options, Centennial Pool and Discovery Bay Waterpark, and two free splash parks. Both outdoor pool sites include slides and splash pads, ideal for all ages.
Opening Day Hours and Fees
Greeley’s outdoor pools and splash parks typically open for the season over Memorial Day weekend. The 2023 season begins on Saturday, May 27, and pools will remain open daily through Saturday, August 12. Then, with students back in school, outdoor pools remain open on weekends only through Labor Day (Monday, September 4). Pool hours are from 12-6 p.m. daily. Island Grove and Sunrise Splash Parks are open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (weather permitting) from May 27 through August 12.
Admission to the outdoor pools is $2 for children under 5 (must be with a paying adult in the pool), $5 for youth (age 6-15) or seniors (60+), and $6 for adults.
Get the most out of your summer fun: Buy a 10-punch pass for a 20% discount off the daily swim fee for either pool. It’s only $32 for youth/seniors and $40 for adults. A lap swim 10-punch pass is $28, or you can pick up a 20-punch pass (good at all facilities) for $96. Passes can be purchased at the outdoor pools, the Greeley Recreation Center, and Family FunPlex.
2315 Reservoir Road
Centennial opened in 1965, marking it the oldest and largest outdoor pool in town. In 2006, it underwent an update that included the splash pad with spray features. The 243-foot water slide, 12-foot drop slide into a diving well, and lap pool make it an excellent location for lap swimmers, swim lessons, and family gatherings. Everyone can enjoy some fun in the sun with the shelter, grassy areas, and splash pad.
The pool has extended hours on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., where you can try out the Wibit inflatable obstacle course. Work on your Ninja skills and race through to see if you can make it to the end without falling off!
Centennial Pool is also the site of Greeley’s annual Swim-in Theater. This year features the movie Ice Age (PG, 2002) on Thursday, July 20. The pool opens at 7:30 p.m., the movie starts at dusk, and tickets go on sale July 10 at Centennial Pool, Greeley Recreation Center, or the Family FunPlex.
Discovery Bay Waterpark
715 E. 24th Street
The name Discovery Bay reflects the waterpark’s theme of an archeological dig site. A granite wall art piece, funded by Greeley’s 1% for Art Program, tells the history of Northern Colorado going back to the Paleolithic era. You’ll see many other granite stones embedded into the Discovery Bay pool deck.
Discovery Bay opened in 2007, and has a lazy river, dump bucket, and activity pool great for basketball or volleyball. Its unique dinosaur play structure was custom designed for Greeley and is the only one of its kind in the nation. It features a zero-depth area which is ideal for young toddlers to explore. It rivals Centennial Pool with its 243-foot slide and grassy areas perfect for lounging.
Discover Bay Waterpark is open from 12-8 p.m. on Wednesdays for Family Night extended swims—perfect for that after-work dip in the pool!
Looking for a quick way to cool off? Greeley’s two splash parks are your best bet. No need to make reservations—splash parks have no admission fee.
Island Grove Splash Park
302 N. 14th Avenue
Island Grove Splash Park is located at the entrance to the regional park. It’s a great place to visit and take the family for a picnic lunch. Explore Aven’s Village, the all-inclusive playground, or attend an event in June at the Greeley Stampede.
Sunrise Splash Park
325 12th Street
Nestled in a local neighborhood, Sunrise Splash Park is one of Greeley’s best-kept secrets. That park also features a basketball court, shelter, and playground.
If summer storms cancel your pool plans, don’t forget about Greeley Recreation’s indoor water amenities, where all ages can splash around all year round.
Greeley Recreation Center Pool
651 10th Avenue
The Greeley Recreation Center has an activity pool, diving well with two 1-meter boards, and an 8 lane, 25-yard competition pool. Often the site of swim team competitions, this indoor pool is a hub for swim lessons and aqua fitness classes.
Family FunPlex Indoor Waterpark
1501 65th Avenue
Sitting within Twin Rivers Park, the Family FunPlex facility includes an indoor waterpark. This amenity offers visitors a lazy river, a 400-gallon tip bucket, zero-depth area, activity pool with lap lanes, basketball hoops, a drop slide, body-water slide, 30-foot speed slide, and a sauna. With outdoor access to a grassy area for a picnic lunch, there’s something for everyone to explore.
For more summer fun, visit GreeleyRec.com and make sure you use your sunscreen when you’re enjoying the great outdoors!