Swimming Pools, Outdoor

WE’RE HIRING: Lifeguards, swim instructors, pool managers, concessions and more. Bismarck Parks and Recreation provides free training for lifeguards that join our team!

Hours – Season begins June 3, 2024

  • Monday-Thursday: 12-4pm and 4:30-8pm
  • Friday-Sunday: 12-7pm
  • Hillside only – Lap swim session: Monday-Friday 11:30am-12:30pm

Schedule subject to change throughout the season. Call the facilities for information.


  • Outdoor Pool Rules (PDF download)
    • No outside food or beverages please.
    • Hillside Aquatic Complex: There are lockers in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Please bring your own lock.
  • Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older.
  • Daycare Ratio: 6 children/daycare supervisor (no exceptions)

Daily Swim Fee

  • $5 per person per session
  • $6 per person with Hillside Waterslide (48″ height requirement) per session
  • Infants 11 months and younger = free
  • Lap swim = $1 per person per session
  • Cash, checks or credit cards accepted

Season Pass (formerly Patch)

  • NEW for 2024: We’re swapping swim patches for pass cards!
  • $100 per person
  • $130 per person with Hillside Waterslide
  • Purchase online or in person at the BPRD office, 400
    E. Front Ave.
  • All passholders need to visit the BPRD office, 400 E. Front Ave., to
    receive their pass and have their photo taken.

    • If you have a membership to BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center/Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, your membership card will also serve as your pass card for your outdoor pool season pass.
  • Clear photos of the card’s barcode saved to a smartphone may be scanned for entry at all pools.
  • Save your card after the season – then reactivate it for the 2025 outdoor pool season!
  • No refunds.

Coupon Books

  • 12 admissions for $50
  • 12 admissions with Hillside Waterslide for $60
  • Coupon books may be purchased at the pools or at the Park District Office, 400 E. Front Ave.


Hillside Aquatic Complex

Located within Lions Park, 1719 E. Boulevard Ave. For daily schedule, call 222-6419.

  • Two longer slides (170 feet and 155 feet)
    • June 3, 2024: Maintenance on the blue waterslide is currently in progress, and we are working to open it as soon as possible.
  • Water slide, water gun, net climb
  • Tipping cone, climbing wall, umbrella jet
  • Lap lanes
  • Concessions and large party room
  • Located in Lions Park, with nearby green space, playgrounds, tennis courts and reservable shelters

Party Space Rentals

Learn more about reserving a birthday party space today!

*The Hillside Aquatic Complex Community Room is also available for reservations September-May. Learn more about reserving this space.

Elks Aquatic Center

321 W. Broadway Ave.

For daily schedule, call 222-6607.

  • Splash pad
  • Two small slides
  • Large patio area with umbrellas
  • Playground
  • Concessions and three party rooms
  • Across the street from Custer Park, with nearby green space

Party Space Rentals

Learn more about reserving a birthday party space today!

photo of Wachter poolPaul H. Wachter Aquatic Complex

205 E. Reno Ave.

For daily schedule or facility rental, call 222-6614.

  • Also known as the “wave pool”
  • Gentle, ocean style waves are created periodically throughout the swim session
  • Located next to Wachter Park with nearby green space, playgrounds and reservable shelters

Private After Hours Rentals

All outdoor pools are available for private rentals after public hours for the following prices.

  • Elks Aquatic Center: $275/hr.
  • Hillside Aquatic Complex: $325/hr.
  • Paul H. Wachter Aquatic Complex: $225/hr.

Please make reservations at least one week in advance by calling 221-6814.

Swimming Inclement Weather

Whenever inclement weather threatens participants or lightning is spotted, the pools will close. If the air temperature is not 66 degrees by 11am, the pools will not open. If the pool closes during a session, you will receive a rain check. Rain checks must be used during the current pool season.

Splash Pad at New Generations Park

Located at New Generations Park, 1021 Mustang Dr.

  • Opens Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Hours: 10am – 8pm daily
  • Free
  • Water is controlled by a button – push for 15 minutes of fun

Splash Pad Rules

  • Use Splash Pad at your own risk.
  • All children ages 10 and under must be supervised by an adult.
  • No running or rough play allowed.
  • No food, drink or glass containers allowed on Splash Pad.
  • No animals allowed at the Splash Pad.
  • Do not climb or hang on equipment.
  • Do not block Splash Pad fixtures or drains.
  • Persons with open sores, infections or transmittable diseases are prohibited from use.
  • Do not carry sand or mud onto the Splash Pad.
  • No skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, or scooters allowed on the Splash Pad.
  • Use of the Splash Pad during severe weather conditions is prohibited.
  • Any child or person not fully toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
  • Please use the trash containers and help keep the park clean.