The Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR) Department offered many opportunities for the community to come swim and play this summer.

Due to the ongoing lifeguard shortage, the department will adjust operating hours at the North Boulder Recreation Center (NBRC) and East Boulder Community Center (EBCC) pools.

“Our team supported a lot of safe swimming this summer. As students, including many of our lifeguards, return to school and amidst the ongoing labor shortage, we are adjusting pool schedules,” said Parks and Recreation Director Ali Rhodes. “We are adjusting hours of historic low visitation and will continue to work hard to recruit and train more professional rescuers to operate the community’s pools.”

Starting Monday, Sept. 13 and through Friday, Oct. 1, the adjustments include:

  • NBRC – The lap pool, leisure pool, hot tub, and sauna will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4:30 p.m.
  • EBCC – The lap pool, leisure pool, and hot tub will be closed Fridays from 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Vulnerable population swim times will also change:
    • NBRC – From Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. to Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to noon.
    • EBCC – From Monday-Friday from 1-3 p.m. to Monday-Thursday 1-3 pm. and Friday 1-2 p.m.

Swim hours of operation going forward will be:

  • NBRC
    • Lap lanes – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday – 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Drop slide and diving board – Saturday and Sunday – 1-4 p.m.
    • Leisure Pool – Monday - Friday – 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • EBCC
    • Lap lanes – Monday – Thursday – 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Leisure pool - Monday - Friday: 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Scott Carpenter Pool
    • Lap lanes – 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The leisure pool features are closed for the season

View an overview of the pool schedule and a detailed version.

Our team is working hard to recruit and train additional professional lifeguards. We will continue to monitor staffing levels and visitation.

BPR will reassess aquatics operations again later this month and make adjustments as needed. For the latest operational information, check the city’s website at

To help the city provide safe swimming to the city, community members are encouraged to join our team of passionate Parks and Recreation professionals by applying for a position at