Pools & Swimming FAQs

If you are not a pool passholder, you will need to check the schedule for public swim times. Then you will need to create an Amilia account and upload your picture. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian create the account then be added to their account.

A daily admission to Ridgeland Common or Rehm Pool is $15. Lap Swim is $6.

Pool passes can be purchased for $82 for Oak Park residents and $164 for non-residents.  Register prior to May 1 to get an early bird discount! Our all-access pool pass allows pass holders to attend any open swim (lap swim, pass holder swim, or public swim) with the purchase of one pass.

The pool schedule is typically available by May 1st and will be on our schedules page of our website homepage.

To expedite entry to the pool, we will have a quick entry line for pass holders who have their member access cards during busy periods. You can get your mobile registration account access cards through the Amilia App available in your app store via your smart phone. You can also use your pool card pass. If you do not have your own access barcode handy, no problem, we can look you up if you are able to provide a valid photo ID to check you in but might take a bit longer and you will need to enter through a separate line. Non-pass holders are also required to show an Amilia account before they pay at the entry gate.

No problem, for pass holders, we can print your access card at RCRC if you upload a photo to your registration account member profile within your “My Account”.

A child must be at least 12 years old to enter the pool without an accompanying adult during public swim times.  During Public and Pass Holder Swim, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, 16 years of age or older, who remains inside the facility at all times. Oak Park Police will be contacted immediately regarding unattended children.

During Family Swim, patrons must be at least 18 years of age to supervise children under the age of 12. Patrons 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parents and Guardians 16 and 17 years of age may only enter the facility with up to two children under the age of 12.

Parents and Guardians 18 years of age and older may only enter the facility with up to four children under the age of 12.

Non-swimmers and swimmers wearing lifejackets must have an adult, 16 years of age or older, within arm’s reach of them at all times.

Patrons responsible for children under the age of 12 must be able to see their children at all times.

Ages 1 and up are required to have paid admission. Children under the age of 1 must register for a Pool Pass to enter Passholder Only Swim, but on check out this pass will be FREE for them.

Your old card should still work. You can give Customer Service a call to make sure your old member number was added to Amilia.

Customer Service: 708.725.2000

If you have the Amilia app downloaded you can take a picture of the access cards and send them to the relative/caretakers phone. They would then be able to pull up the access cards.

There is not a concession stand at either pool, however there are snack and drink machines. On select weekends local restaurants are invited out to the pools to provide food and snacks.

Yes, but no glass containers, coolers, or alchoholic beverages.

  • Only plastic or metal water bottles allowed.

Yes, up to a limit! Please see what is allowed.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires anyone in the water to have a lined bathing suit on at all times. Leotards, board shorts, athletic shorts, or underwear are not considered bathing suits.

Anyone who enters the facility is required to pay the entry fee. The pool offers a variety of non-aquatic amenities such as areas for sun tanning and grass areas. Even those not swimming must pay the admission.

The Park District of Oak Park pools are always supervised by lifeguards during scheduled hours.  All lifeguards are licensed through the International Lifeguard Training Program by Jeff Ellis and Associates.  For more information on lifeguard certifications please click here.

The pools will close for cold weather, thunder, lightning, severe weather, or the imminent threat of severe weather.

If thunder is heard or lightening is spotted, the pools must close for at least a half hour.  Pools will remain closed until 30 minutes have passed without thunder being heard or lightening being spotted.

If the air temperature is below 68o the pools may close.  This depends on other factors including time of day, current pool attendance, perceived temperature, and amount of sunlight.

In any of these situations refunds are not given for weather regardless of the amount of time in the facility before closing.

Please call the weather hotlines below or see our facility status page here:

Website: Field Conditions

Download the Statusfied app to your smart phone for the latest status updates and even get alerts.

By Phone: 708-7GAME ON

Lockers are available but you will need to bring your own lock. Locks are not available for purchase.

Both Rehm and Ridgeland pools are 50 meters long by 60ft wide. Ridgeland offers one 25 yard lap lane during all public, passholder and family swims.

Non potty-trained and recently potty-trained children are allowed to swim, but must have all of the following:

  • Rubber pants
  • Swim diapers
  • A lined bathing suit

Rubber pants and swim diapers are sold at the cashier booths at the pool.  In the event of an accident in the pool, the water must be cleared for 30 minutes.  Please help to keep the pool open by ensuring all non potty-trained and recently potty-trained children are wearing all the items listed above.

The slides, diving boards and climbing wall are open during all open swim times. These attractions are not open during lap swims or swim lessons.

Attractions may close due to low attendance, poor weather, or low staffing levels.

Once the posted pool capacity is reached, staff will allow one person to enter for every one person that leaves in order to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our guests. Both Rehm and Ridgeland Pools have a counting system to keep track of attendance. Rehm’s system counts both at the front entrance and the exit by the diving well to ensure proper count.

The pool is heated by the environment as well as a boiler. Staff strives to keep to water at 78o, as the optimal temperature for both lap swimmers and recreational swimmers. The temperature of the water varies based on the environmental conditions.

During pass holder only swim, balls, toys, and floatation devices no larger than 3ft in diameter are allowed. During public swim they are not. The final difference is that safety break is only called for the last 10 minutes of every hour during public swim time and not during family swim.

No motorized toys at any time. Inflatable toys, masks and fins are ONLY allowed during Family and Passholder Swim. U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are allowed. Water wings and other non-Coast Guard approved PFDs are prohibited. Children wearing PFDs must remain within arm’s length of their guardian.

Yes, passholders can bring guests during the passholder only swim at a reduced daily admission rate of $13.

The nanny will need to either have a pool pass or pay the daily fee.

Yes, there is a 25 yard lap swim at Ridgeland Pool during passholder and public swim. During adult swim, there is a 50 meter lane put into the pool and the 25 yard is taken out.

See pool schedule upon release.

All users MUST be strong swimmers to use the diving board. Rehm diving well is 16’ deep while Ridgeland is 12’ deep.

• Improper use of the diving board may expose the user to physical harm.

• Participants assume full responsibility for any injury which might occur.

• Cartwheels and handstands are prohibited on the board.

• Running is prohibited on the diving board.

• Users may only take one bounce before entering the water.

• Patrons must dive or jump straight from the edge of the board, inverted and

backward dives are prohibited.

• Only one person on the board at a time.

• Be sure diving area is clear, and previous user has made it to the ladder

before entering the water.

• Pay attention to additional instructions by the lifeguard.

Any infraction of the diving well rules can result in suspension from the Park District Pools.

Patrons who are rescued by the lifeguard due to lack of swimming abilities will be prohibited to enter the diving area for the remainder of the day. Patrons who abuse the skills of our lifeguards can and will be banned from Park District pools.

Yes, anyone 16 and up can attend lap swim. Anyone 15 or under need permission from the Park District of Oak Park.

Yes, pool noodles and toys may be brought to passholder only swims. We ask that you do not bring oversized rafts such as boats or anything larger than a 3 foot diameter as it creates a blind spot for the guards.

Yes, launched in 2022, current occupancy will be posted on our website for both Ridgeland Common and Rehm Pools. Keep in mind the pool hours and specific swim sessions.

While we intend for the slides, diving boards and climbing wall to be open during all open swim times, attractions may close due to low attendance, poor weather, or low staffing levels. These attractions are not open during lap swims or swim lessons.

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