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May 24, 2021

Dive into Summer Fun in Celebration of Outdoor Pool Season and 75 Years of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation

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Salt Lake County – Celebrating the 75th summer of providing fun and healthy venues, programs, and experiences to people across the valley, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation will kick off its outdoor pool season beginning May 29.

Of the County’s nine outdoor pools, eight will welcome families back for Memorial Day weekend per tradition. The ninth pool, Redwood Pool in West Valley, will open later in the season once necessary maintenance is completed. The popular splash pad at Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale also opens this weekend.

“We are excited to kick off summer by opening up these pools and providing space for everyone to stay cool and have fun,” said Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Director Martin Jensen. “This time it feels particularly special because it is our 75th year of operation and it’s a chance to celebrate community gathering places and spaces that continue to play a critical role in everyone’s health and well-being.”

A highlight for this year’s season is a completely refurbished Draper Outdoor Pool attached to the County’s new Draper Recreation Center. Opened in summer 2020, this facility’s aquatics offerings include an eight-lane indoor lap pool and a leisure pool with a kids’ play feature and a large water slide.

The outdoor pool openings coincide with Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s awareness campaign intended to reduce disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

Additional celebratory events will take place throughout 2021, including opportunities for the public to share their Parks and Recreation (that includes golf courses and trails), experiences throughout the years: