Wading Pool Rules

St. Cloud Recreation Wading Pool Rules

The following rules were developed to create a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment for all ages.

General Pool Rules

  • Lifeguard must be on duty while swimming.
  • All swimmers must wear swimsuit or nylon material in pool.
  • Children under 3 are required to wear swim diapers.
  • Feet first entry only.
  • No running, horseplay, or hanging on railings or ramps.
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and profanity are prohibited.
  • No food, drink, or glass allowed in pool or on pool deck.
  • If your child has an open wound, diarrhea, or vomiting in the last 3 days, do not use the pool.
  • Personal Flotation Devices (lifejackets), chairs, umbrellas, or strollers are prohibited on pool deck.
  • Only small bath toys and goggles without nosepiece may be used.
  • Animals are not permitted in pool area.
  • Daily safety break 4:45 pm - 5 pm; if heat index is high additional safety breaks will be given every hour.
  • Pool may be closed due to weather, maintenance, or low attendance.
  • Emergency phone located on deck with lifeguard, dial 911.
  • Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and respond to emergencies, patrons failing to follow rules are subject to removal from facility.

Seberger Slide Rules

  • Feet first entry only.
  • One child on stairs or slide at a time.
  • Child may be assisted at bottom of slide.
  • Children are not allowed to play under slide.

Other Pool Specific Rules

  • No sitting on geysers. (Seberger)
  • Emergency phone located by front entrance of shelter, dial 9-911. (Seberger)
  • No standing or jumping off cement circles or fountain blocks. (Centennial, Spalt)
  • No standing or jumping off cement circles. (Pantown)
  • No standing or jumping off cement blocks on pool deck. (Rotary and Haws)

Wading Pool Policy Promotes Health and Safety

The City of St. Cloud instituted a policy of public health and safety for Wading Pools that began in June of 2002. The policy requires all toddlers ages 3 and younger to use approved "swimmer" diapers. This policy will be enforced by the lifeguards at the area wading pools for the safety of all pool users.

The reason for this policy is twofold. First, there is a significant public health hazard present when a child has a bowel movement that contaminates the pool. Second, significant inconvenience is caused to the general public due to the closure of the pool. It is a very time consuming and labor-intensive project to drain and refill the pool to ensure safe water for all users.

Your support in following the policy will be greatly appreciated. Hopefully, it will increase your usefulness and enjoyment when using the local wading pools. The City of St. Cloud will be providing "swimmer" diapers for a small fee of $2 each at all wading pool facilities to help for any inconveniences.

For questions or concerns about this policy please contact the Park & Recreation Office at 320-257-5959.