Lawrence outdoor pool open one more weekend for humans; then Pooch Plunge returns

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Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center will close for the season after Sunday — to humans, that is. On Monday, the annual Pooch Plunge returns.

Humans can enjoy the pool from 1 to 7:30 p.m. through Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.


The Pooch Plunge will give pups their chance to enjoy the water from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. The chemicals in the water are neutralized to make it safe for dogs, according to the city.

“It’s a fun way to end the season and let our canine friends splash and socialize with their peers,” Lisa C. Hughes, senior administrative specialist with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, said via email.

The event is popular, drawing hundreds of dogs annually, Hughes said — 357 last year.

“This event is a great way to end the summer season on a positive note,” Hughes said. “It is fun to see all the different breed of dogs splashing and playing and chasing each other. Everyone is happy and seems to have a great time.”

Registration is available on the city’s website, but you can also register onsite. It costs $5 per pup.

All dogs must have proof of current vaccinations and must be under their owner’s control, with no exceptions, according to the city.

See hours for lap swimming and more details about the aquatic center, 727 Kentucky St., on the city’s website at

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