Pool Rules & Frequently Asked Questions

Pool Rules

For the safety and enjoyment of all pool patrons, the following Pool Rules and Regulations have been developed. This list supplements the Illinois Department of Public Health's Rules and Regulations, the Park District brochure information and the Diving Board Safety Regulations posted at each pool. Please follow the instructions of the pool staff, as they are responsible for the enforcement of all pool regulations.

Age Restrictions

  • Children under the age of 9 must be supervised by an adult (16 years of age or older). The adult must be in a bathing suit, in the water, within an arm’s length of the child at all times.
  • Children under 3 years of age as of August 1 of the current year are not required to have a pass to be admitted to the pool during scheduled public swim time when accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 6 years of age and older must use the gender specific locker rooms or the family changing rooms.

Attire & Equipment

  • Street clothes, cutoffs, underwear, inappropriate swim suits and shoes may not be worn in the water of any pool. Sun hats, sunglasses, clean t-shirts, beach jackets, towels and reading material are allowed in the pool area. Proper swim attire for all patrons, both child and adult, is required on the pool deck. A determination of what is proper swim wear is at the pool manager’s discretion.
  • Children who are not potty-trained must wear tightly fitted rubber pants or a swim diaper in the pool.
  • Diapers are not allowed in the pool.
  • Changing diapers on the pool deck is not allowed. Please use the locker room changing station. Wash hands with soap and water following a trip to the restroom or a diaper change.
  • Baby carriers and baby buggies/strollers on wheels are allowed on the pool deck; however, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • All flotation devices used by parents must be “Coast Guard Approved”. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: water wings, inner tubes, rafts, noodles, infant play-timer inner tubes, flotation suits, or other non-coast guard approved devices.
  • Assist your child with frequent visits to the restroom to minimize accidents.
  • Goggles or masks that cover the nose are not allowed.
  • Sunscreen and suntan lotions must be self-contained in either plastic or aluminum containers.
  • Personal chairs and loungers are allowed on the grass and deck areas only. Chairs and loungers provided by the Park District will be allowed on the deck areas only.


  • Those individuals, who need to bring in food due to a child’s allergy, must alert a manager and the admissions staff.
  • Only food and beverages which have been purchased at the pool concessions stand may be consumed inside the aquatic facilities. Food and beverages are allowed only on the concession deck and rental area at East End and Norman P. Smalley pools. Coolers are prohibited in the aquatic facilities at any time.

Adult Swims

  • Until 5 p.m., a ten-minute adult swim will be conducted on the hour, every hour that the pool is open. Aquatic Management may continue adult swims after 5 p.m. if they feel attendance numbers are high enough to warrant additional adult swims.
  • Adults 16 years of age and older may swim during adult swims.

General Rules

  • Personal, small plastic or foam rubber toys may be brought into the kiddie pool area.
  • Avoid interfering with the duties of a lifeguard.
  • Parents or guardians MUST be responsible for supervising their children. Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules & respond in case of emergency.

If you see pool rules not being enforced, contact the pool manager, call the Facilities Supervisor of Aquatics at (630) 993-4724 or email aquaticsatepd [dot] org.

For the complete list of the Elmhurst Park District Pool Rules and Regulations please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring in a cooler, or outside food?

You are more than welcome to pack your own lunch or dinner and enjoy it in the picnic areas in the parks outside the pools. Coolers and outside food are not allowed inside the pools, but swimmers can enter and leave the facility as many times as they wish by showing their receipt or stamped hand to the cashier. We also have a wide variety of menu options available at our concession stand located inside both pools.

What type of clothing is allowed in the water?

Swimsuits are required to enter the water. All additional clothing must be clean and may require approval by the facility manager. Jeans, sandals, athletic shorts are not permitted in the water. Anyone not wearing a swim suit will be asked to exit the water. All children regularly diapered must wear either a disposable or reusable swim diaper. Reusable swim diapers are sold at the Admissions window.

What types of flotation devices are permitted?

All flotation devices must be U.S. Coast Guard approved. Complimentary lifejackets are available at the park. Children wearing lifejackets must be within arm reach of a parent or guardian over the age of 16.

How old does a child have to be to come to the pool by themselves?

Children must be at least 10 years old to come to the pool alone. Anyone under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 16 or older.

How tall do you have to be to ride the water slides?

Everyone MUST be AT LEAST 48 inches tall to ride the slides at East End and Smalley Pools.

What is the temperature of the water?

The water is kept between 80-83 degrees.

What conditions may warrant the closing of the outdoor pool facilities?

  • Lightning or thunder in the area.
  • Air temperature falls below 65 degrees.
  • Mechanical issues.
  • Daily hours may be adjusted and/or sections of the facility may be closed due to staff shortage.

Pool Closures

Elmhurst Park District reserves the right to cancel or close due to mechanical problems, low attendance, or negative weather issues:

  • Any situation arises that would jeopardize the public  health or safety of patrons in attendance.
  • The air temperature drops below 65 degrees.
  • If lightning and/or thunder is in the area, the pool deck will be cleared and will not reopen until no lighting or thunder has been present for 30 minutes. If conditions force two consecutive 30 minute closures, or an all clear has not been given for ninety minutes, the facility will be closed.

If the facility is required to close, staff will update the Rainout Line.