City opens splash pad on Burroughs Creek Trail; outdoor pools to open June 5

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Lawrence community members can now cool off at the splash pad on Burroughs Creek Trail.

The opening was slightly delayed because of some damage caused by a critter culprit, according to the city, but as of Thursday morning, the splash pad is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. It’s along the Burroughs Creek Trail, near 15th Street and Haskell Avenue.

In addition, the city announced that the Outdoor Aquatic Center at 727 Kentucky St. and the South Park Wading Pool at 1141 Massachusetts St. are set to open for the summer on Monday, June 5.

The Outdoor Aquatic Center’s hours are from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Starting Monday, June 19, there will be additional lap swimming and water walking hours available from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It will be open through Sunday, August 13.

The wading pool’s hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 5 through Saturday, July 29 (except for Tuesday, July 4), and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays, and close for the summer on Saturday, July 29.

People can also reserve the wading pool in hourlong blocks; find more information at

The Indoor Aquatic Center will also switch to its summer hours on Monday, June 5. Lap swimming will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 6:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fridays; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays.

Warm water workouts will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Daily admission fees for the indoor and outdoor aquatic centers will be $6 for kids ages 3 to 17 and seniors ages 60 and up, and $7 for adults ages 18 to 59. There is no charge for kids ages 2 and younger with a paid adult admission, with a limit of three kids per paying adult.

Aquatic passes and punch cards are also available at the pools. Initial passes must be purchased daily, but those who hold annual or monthly passes can renew them online at this link.

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