Boulder Parks and Recreation Department (BPR) is ready for summer!

Read more about our adjusted summer operations

Operating hours are based upon available resources (both financial and human), utilization trends, and weather. All operations are subject to change due to staffing impacts.

Swimming operational hours reduced due to ongoing lifeguard shortage

Since the winter, we have focused on hiring seasonal staff for peak summer fun in recreation programming, swimming, and in the park system. Like many organizations, the nationwide labor market shortage has impacted the number of applicants BPR received for lifeguards, despite funding available to operate many services this year at near pre-pandemic levels.

Staffing levels will change over the summer as will our pools' availability, so please check the detailed pool schedule, which will be updated each week.

Pool hours for the week of June 20 are:

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Pool will not open if the outdoor temperature is not 50 degrees by 11 a.m.

  • Lap lanes

    • Monday - Friday - 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Leisure pool (including lazy river, shallow areas, splash pad, water slides and deep pool)

    • 7 days a week - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

East Boulder Community Center

  • Lap lanes

    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    • Tuesday and Thursday - 4:30-7:30 p.m.

    • Sunday - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Leisure pool

    • Warm water walking or Aquafit:

      • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-6:30 p.m.

      • Tuesday and Thursday - 4:30-7:30 p.m.

      • Sunday - 8-10 a.m.

    • Summer camps (closed to the public except for water walking):

      • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    • Open swim:

      • Monday - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

      • Tuesday - Friday - 5-7:30 p.m.

      • Sunday - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • The natatorium, including the hot tub, is open during lap lane hours.

North Boulder Recreation Center

  • Lap lanes

    • Tuesday and Thursday - 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday - 3:30-8:30 p.m.

    • Friday - 3:30-7:30 p.m.

    • Saturday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Leisure swimming:

    • Summer camps (closed to the public): Tuesday and Thursday - 1:45-2:45 p.m.
      • Tuesday and Thursday - 3-8:30 p.m.

      • Wednesday - 4:30-8:30 p.m.

      • Saturday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • The natatorium, including the hot tub and sauna, is open during lap lane hours.

South Boulder Recreation Center

South Boulder Recreation Center's pool is closed for pool repairs. Due to the ongoing lifeguard shortage, we don't anticipate reopening this pool this summer.

The sauna is open when the recreation center is open.

View the detailed pool schedule


In addition to efforts to optimize pool operations, we are always actively hiring new aquatics staff!

Interested in working for Boulder as a lifeguard, but don’t have your certification yet? No problem! Here are the steps to successfully become a superhero lifeguard:

  1. Apply online
  2. Complete a swim test, which will be a part of your interview.
  3. If you pass the swim test, we’ll pay for your certification class and your time in the class.
  4. Pass the class and an additional swim test
  5. You’re now a lifeguard!

Want to work as a lifeguard, but don’t see an open spot in the certification class? Please apply and we will contact you when we have the next available class.

Not sure if you’ll pass the swim test? No problem! We still want you as a water slide attendant. You can keep swimmers safe on the slides and attend monthly lifeguard in-service trainings to hone your skills, if you want to pursue being a lifeguard. You can also transition to other great parks and rec positions in the future.

Facility operations adjustments

South Boulder Recreation Center

The South Boulder Recreation Center has been a vital part of our community since 1974. It is a gathering place for community members to exercise, swim, and connect with each other.

Late last year, the rec center's boiler failed and flooded the gym. In addition, a pool leak is increasing the moisture levels in the gym. We're coordinating these two repairs while continuing a reduced level of service at the facility.

The water-damaged floor has been successfully removed from the Pilates room, gymnasium, and racquetball court. We don't know what kind of flooring system will be installed, however we anticipate it will be some type of multi-use, potentially vinyl flooring type, that will meet the facility and community members' needs.

Working with the project's contractors, we hope to have new flooring installed in June.

Boulder Reservoir

  • Reservoir operations:
    • Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Exit gate closes at 9 p.m.
    • Admission
      • For adults: $11 or $9 for residents or those who work in the city
      • For seniors over 60: $8.25 or $$6.75 for residents or those who work in the city
      • For youth 3-18: $6.50 or $5.50 for residents or those who work in the city
    • Swim beach is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Rent paddleboards, kayaks, canoes
    • July 4 - open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with all boats needing to be off the water by 4 p.m. And, as a reminder, alcohol is prohibited this day.

Flatirons Golf Course

  • The first and last tee times will be adjusted based on the weather and sunrise/sunset times.

Thanks for your understanding as we make service adjustments to BPR operations and increase service levels when possible to support the wide range of needs, interests and values represented in the Boulder community.

Be a Lifeguard Superhero

If you know someone looking for a summer job, we’re still hiring! Check out our jobs available for community members starting at age 14.

We'll hire and pay you to get your lifeguard certification. Learn more and apply

See all our open positions and apply at