With the Fourth of July under our belts, summer is in full swing.|
As temperatures rise, there are many area pools and water parks where you can cool off. We sent our South of 20 writers to scope out some of the offerings. Here's what they had to say:
Whitewater Junction, 17th Street and 18th Avenue, Rock Island.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Lap swim is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Admission: $7 until 6 p.m., $4 after. Lap swim is $4. Children younger than 2 are free with an adult.
Features: Zero-gravity pool, one huge slide for sliding and another for tubing, with tubes provided. Pool staff on hand at the top and bottom of each slide.
Slides dump into a separate pool about 4-feet-deep. One section of the pool has two smaller slides that spill into a 10-inch-deep pool.
Snack shop offers cool treats, beverages and hot foods, including Happy Joe's Pizza at $2.50 per slice. There are chairs and umbrellas around the pool and a grassy, shaded hillside for lounging.
There are showers, restrooms, changing rooms and lockers for 25 cents, but they were slightly difficult to use.
The water temperature is comfortable and music constantly plays over the loud speakers.
For more information: 309-732-7946 or rigov.org.
-- By Sara Clifton
Geneseo Outdoor Pool,541 E. North St.
Hours: 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily.
Admission: $5, or free with a park district membership, which is $125 for youth, seniors and adults, or $240 per household.
Features: One large slide, two mini-slides, two regular-sized diving boards and one high dive, a basketball hoop and balls.
Pool depth ranges from 3 feet to 12 feet. There is a zero-depth pool for young children, connected to, yet secluded, from the main pool area.
Concession stand offers everything from nachos, popcorn, candy to ice cream and beverages, all reasonably priced. There are several tables in the shade and lounging chairs around the perimeter of the regular and the zero-depth pools.
There are changing rooms, bathrooms, showers and areas to keep belongings.
For more information: 309-944-3129 or geneseoparkdistrict.com.
-- By Megan Dale
Aledo Park District Swimming Pool, 104 NE 15th Ave., in Fenton Park.
Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. daily; 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Admission: $4, free for those ages 5 and younger.
Features: A diving board, deep-end, zero-depth pool, concession stand, locker rooms and umbrellas to catch some shade.
For more information: 309-582-2427
-- By Ben Payne
Riverside Aquatics Center: 3635 4th Ave., Moline.
Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Admission: $7; $5 for seniors ages 55 and older; $1 for children younger than 1, and $30 for a family of five. Passes are available for $95 for individuals, and $300 for families.
Features: Zero-depth entry, lap pool and interactive water playground..
Lifeguards always are on duty, and refreshments and concessions are available.
For more information:309-797-0788 or moline.il.us.
Hillcrest Event Center, 16260 E. 350th St., Orion.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adult only swim from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday through Labor Day.
Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids younger than age 15 and $1 for children younger than 3.
Season passes are $125 for adults, $95 for children and $325 for families of four ($30 for each additional family member). Tuesdays are buy-one-get-one free admission, Wednesday is family night with $3 admission from 4 to 7 p.m.
Features: Olympic-size aluminum pool that is partially heated by the sun, changing room and showers, concession area that serves drinks and cocktails and food from the BBQ Pit restaurant. Deck has tables with umbrellas, chairs and chaise lounges.
Swimmers can play water volleyball and basketball, and there's a volleyball pit nearby.
For more information: 309-755-6550 or hillcrest-resort.com.
-- By Morghan Davison
Scott County Park Pool, Route 1, Long Grove
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays through Labor Day.
Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for those 17 and younger. Summer passes are $50 for adults, $45 for kids and $100 for families.
Features: Olympic-sized pool, baby pool, two water slides, concession stand, picnic tables, lounging chairs, changing rooms with lockers, showers and restrooms.
Andrea Flannery, of Parkview, who regularly takes her two small children to the pool, said it can be a bit crowded during the day, so she said she likes to take the kids at night.
While there's a baby pool, there's no zero-depth section, she said. However, concessions are "fairly priced," but they stop serving food at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone must pass a swim test to ride the water slide, Ms. Flannery said, adding it's difficult explaining to her 6-year-old that he isn't a strong enough swimmer to pass the test. Parents are not allowed to ride the slides with kids, or to wait at the foot of the slide.
For more information:563-328-3282 or scottcountyiowa.com.
-- By Jack McNeil
563-326-7866 or cityofdavenport.com.