Pool Rules & Policies

Water safety

Lenexa is committed to providing a safe and healthy pool environment. Our highly experienced staff works hard to ensure the pools are well maintained and safety standards are met. Without your help though, even the best maintained pools can spread germs. Here are steps you can take:

  • Don’t swim with diarrhea or if you have had diarrhea within 24 hours.
  • Don’t swallow pool water.
  • Wash your body before swimming.
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks, check diapers often and change diapers in the restroom.

Attire and personal hygiene

  • Please shower before entering the pool to help maintain clean water.
  • Street clothes are not permitted in the pool. Swimsuits are required. You may wear a T-shirt or other covering over a swimsuit while in the water.
  • Swim diapers are required for everyone not potty trained. Swimsuits must be worn over swim diapers. (Swim diapers help ensure the pool water stays clean and clear and prevents pool closings due to contamination). 
  • Do not swallow or spit pool water.
  • Anyone with open wounds, diarrhea, infection, or any communicable disease, do not enter the water.

Food and drink policy

  • Outside food and drink is welcome. 
  • Personal coolers, alcoholic beverages and glass bottles/containers are prohibited.
    • For birthday parties and pool rentals please review guidelines. 
  • All food and drinks (other than water) should be consumed in the designated areas at each outdoor pool and in the lobby area at the Rec Center.   
    • A designated area for food and drink helps keep our facilities clean and free of unwanted pests. Head lifeguards will ask you to consume food and drink in their proper place.

Pool toys and flotation devices – use and supervision

  • Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices are permitted.
  • An adult must stay within one arm's length of anyone wearing a lifejacket. 
  • Flotation devices on slides, diving boards or climbing walls are prohibited.
  • Pool toys are allowed in the zero-depth area. Exceptions include: 
    • Torpedoes
    • Hard diving sticks
    • Beach balls

Patron conduct

  • All users of the facility are subject to the Lenexa Parks & Recreation User Conduct Policy(PDF, 2MB). Any violation can result in dismissal from facility and/or suspension.
  • Abusive and profane language is prohibited. Please choose words wisely.
  • All tobacco products including vapes and e-cigarettes are prohibited. 
  • If you need assistance, please go to the admissions desk. We ask that you refrain from talking to lifeguards actively guarding. 
  • Lenexa Parks & Recreation is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings. 
  • Please do not take photos or videos of unknown people. You may take photos of people under your supervision. We do, however, have the right to deny the use of recording devices. Cameras and recording devices are not permitted in the restrooms or changing areas. 
  • Additional rules are posted throughout the facility. Lenexa Parks & Recreation reserves the right to review, change, modify or add rules as deemed necessary.

Facility closure

The pool may close due to inclement weather, scheduled swim meets, or special events. We may also close sections of the pool as needed. To prevent overcrowding, we may limit the number of swimmers.


Overall pool rules

  • Swim at your own risk. Intentional hyperventilation or extended breath-holding activities are prohibited.
  • During safety swim times, children must be in direct contact with an adult.
  • Keep all entrances to the pool clear. This includes entrance gates, handicap access entrances, ladders, stairs and rails.
  • Do not run, push, dunk, play rough, intentionally splash, or engage in other behaviors that are unsafe.
  • Do not climb or hang on equipment or ropes.
  • Only feet-first entries are allowed from the pool deck. Diving, flips, or other unsafe entries are prohibited in all areas outside of the designated diving area.

Water slides

  • All riders must be at least 42” or 48” tall.
  • Maximum rider weight is 250 pounds in a single tube and 500 pounds in a double tube.
  • Please note the water depth at the end of the ride before riding. 
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted.
    • Lifejackets are not allowed on slides. 
  • All riders must ride feet first while lying on their back with arms crossed across their chest. Riders are not permitted to go down the slide headfirst or sit up while riding the slide.
  • Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position and wait for instructions from the lifeguard stationed at the slide starter tub.
  • Riders should not propel themselves into the slide.
  • Only one rider at a time. Trains or chains of riders are not allowed. 
  • No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in the flume.
  • Use proper riding position as shown on slide rules. 
  • No tubes or mats are allowed on the speed slides.
  • Provided tubes are only allowed in the tube slide at Sar-Ko-Par Aquatic Center. All other tubes are prohibited, and tubes must stay in the designated area.   
  • No items, including toys or goggles, may be carried, or held during the ride. 
  • Riders must be in good health. Elderly people, those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, or persons using prescription medication should consult their physician before using pool slides.
  • Individuals with medical conditions including, but not limited to, pregnancy, heart or back problems should not ride.
  • Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • No diving from the slide.
  • Do not block the end of the slide. 
  • Exit splash area/slide runout immediately.
  • Riders assume all risk of injury due to misuse of this slide or failure to follow these rules.
  • Riders failing to follow staff instructions will lose access to ride the slides. 

Lazy river

  • The lazy river has a water current.
  • Patrons may use a designated tube or walk.
  • You may not climb over the walls.

Diving board and platform

  • For use by experienced swimmers only. 
  • Only open during scheduled times.
  • Only one person is allowed on the diving board at a time. Line should form on the pool deck with the next person getting on the board once the person in front of them has exited the marked pool area for the diving boards
  • One approach and one bounce per turn. 
  • Do not swing on the rails.
  • Dive straight forward. You must perform safe jumps and dives off the diving boards. 
  • Any movement where the head moves toward the diving board or platform is not allowed. Including gainers, reverses and inwards. 
  • Exit the pool using the closest ladder. 
  • Flotation devices, toys or goggles are not allowed on the diving board or in the diving well.

AquaClimb wall

  • Only experienced swimmers may climb.
  • Flotation devices, toys or goggles are not allowed on AquaClimb
  • Enter the AquaClimb area from the designated pool deck on the side and enter feet first. 
  • Only one swimmer is allowed at a time on the AquaClimb and in the drop zone. 
  • Time on AquaClimb may be limited.
  • Exit the drop zone area using the closest ladder. 


  • Players must be in the water. 
  • Ball must remain in basketball area. 
  • Please be aware of surrounding swimmers. 
  • Flotation devices are not permitted. 
  • Non-swimmers should not play.
  • No grasping or hanging on the rim.
  • No rough play.
  • Ball must remain the basketball area.