Milwaukee County Water Parks & Swimming Pools
Opening in Summer 2021
2 Waterparks: Cool Waters & David F. Schulz Aquatic Center
2 Deep-Well Pools: Sheridan & Wilson Park
More Than a Dozen Splash Pads & Waders throughout the County
All other pools will remain closed this summer, due to the lifeguard shortage.
Pool Safety Reminders
- Swim suits (typically nylon or lycra) must be worn by all swimmers for hygiene and safety of all pool visitors. Street wear, especially underwear, isn't suitable for pool use because they can contaminate the pool with dirt and bacteria
- Swim diapers must be worn by all non-toilet-trained users
- Children must be supervised while in the water. Adults must remain within arm’s length of infants and toddlers and keep a watchful eye on children at all times
- Showers are required before entering the water
- Food, drink, gum or tobacco may NOT be brought into the pool
- Groups of 20 or more must call in advance
NEW for 2021: Select Your Timeslot for Cool Waters!
To adhere to COVID precautions, each session has limited openings.
Reserve your spot in the 2½-hour session that works best for you! Online reservations are encouraged, but walk-ups will be allowed on a LIMITED BASIS, depending on reservations and capacity limits. Pay for your reservation at the Cool Waters entrance.
Select a Timeslot
View our COVID-19 Guidelines
Fly down a flume, float along the lazy river and tackle the water obstacles at Cool Waters Aquatic Park in West Allis or Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park.
Not Available in Summer 2021
Swim year-round at Noyes Indoor Pool on the Northside and Pulaski Indoor Pool on the Southside. Swim lessons, water fitness and pool rentals are also available.
2 Pools Open for Summer 2021
Outdoor pools open for the summer season in mid-June and close in mid-August.
Bradford Beach: Open with NO lifeguards on duty in 2021
Bradford is the main beach in Milwaukee and the only beach guarded by lifeguards. Visit the nearby custard stand for frozen treats, or rent a cabana on the beach.
Volleyball leagues compete throughout the summer.
Splash pads with water spray toys and wading pools are free for everyone to use during their open hours in the summer.
Become a Lifeguard
Applications for Milwaukee County Parks lifeguards are accepted throughout the year. Lifeguards work at outdoor pools, indoor pools, waterparks and beaches.
Qualifications for Training
To qualify for training as a lifeguard for the Milwaukee County Parks, you must be:
- at least 16 years old
- in good physical condition
- able to swim 100 meters in less than 1 minute 45 seconds