JaxParks opens public pools, launches water safety program SPLASH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – JaxParks public pools will begin their preseason hours starting Saturday, and that coincides with the announcement of their water safety program SPLASH.

Jacksonville’s SPLASH Squad -- formerly Waterproof Jax -- is a drowning prevention initiative that provides free swim lessons to children ages 3 to 17.

SPLASH Squad, an acronym for “Swim, Play and Live – Active, Safe, Healthy lifestyles,” offers swim lessons to eligible Duval County youth at 30 JaxParks pools throughout the city.

The SPLASH Squad initiative is made possible through grants provided by The Players Center for Child Health at Wolfsons Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids Northeast Florida, and Florida Swimming Pool Association Northeast Florida. The initiative will offer swim vouchers to 350 local children.

“With public safety as one of my biggest priorities, it’s important that citizens are aware of the programs and resources we offer to enable them to safely enjoy our city,” said Mayor Curry.

The JaxParks public pools preseason runs May 28 though June 10.

  • Saturdays 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
  • Sundays 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m.

The regular season runs from June 11 though Aug 5.

  • Monday through Friday 1 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
  • Sunday 2 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

Special Memorial Day hours are from 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

For more information on JaxParks public swimming pool hours and locations click here, or call JaxParks aquatics at 904-255-7927.

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