August 08, 2022

Closure Dates Announced for City Pools; June/July Attendance Numbers Released



Officials release attendance

for City pools;

#’s down slightly from 2021

RAPID CITY, SD—The City’s Parks and Recreation Department today announced the schedule for summer closure of city pools.  Many seasonal workers begin leaving in mid-August with the start of high school and many colleges scheduled for later this month.

The last day for swimming at the Horace Mann and Parkview pools this summer season is Saturday, August 20.  The Roosevelt Swim Center’s indoor facility will also close at the end of pool hours August 20 for its annual maintenance and will reopen Tuesday, September 6 with all group exercise classes resuming September 6. The Swim Center’s outdoor 50-meter pool will remain open through Labor Day Monday, September 5.

The last day for the Jimmy Hilton pool at Sioux Park is scheduled for Sunday, August 28.  The facility will host the annual Wags & Waves dog swim on Sunday, September 4. 

“We will lose most of our lifeguards and other seasonal staff in a few weeks,” said City Aquatics Program Specialist Barb Iwan.  “We have to make adjustments and we work very hard to keep one of the outdoor pools and the Swim Center’s outdoor 50-meter pool open to Labor Day weekend.”

Iwan says the availability of staff is monitored daily and in the closing days of summer operations, adjustments may be made in hours of operation at the pools that remain open to the public.


Rapid City pool facilities have reported more than 60,000 swimmers in June and July, down six percent from the record 64,000 swimmers reported during the same two-month period last summer.  City pools were closed during the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here are the numbers for each facility for June and July of 2022 compared to 2021.

“We’ve had some hot days this summer but not as many as last summer,” said Iwan. “And last summer, we opened to record numbers since the pools had been closed the previous year due to COVID.  Despite the slight decrease, it’s been a busy summer at our pools.”

Attendance has been down slightly at three of the four pool facilities in June and July.  The Swim Center reported an increase in attendance.

                                            June/July                  June/July

FACILITY                            2022                           2021

Roosevelt Swim Center          23,476                         22,600

Horace Mann                          11,781                         13,702

Jimmy Hilton                          13,883                         16,208

Parkview                                 11,161                         11,586

TOTAL                                  60,301                         64.096


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