Fargo Parks Distict

Outdoor Pools

Park or Facility
Davies Recreational Pool
Island Park Pool
Madison Pool & Splash Pad
Roger G. Gress Northside Pool
Southwest Recreation Pool 

2021 Pool Passes can be picked up at 701 Main Ave or purchased at the pools.

This image shows a boy diving into Island Park Pool.
This image shows three kids swimming in a pool.
This image shows Northside Recreational Pool.
This image shows three girls swimming in a pool.
This image shows the splash pad at Madison Pool & Splash Pad.
This image shows a boy diving into Island Park Pool.
This image shows three kids swimming in a pool.
This image shows Northside Recreational Pool.
This image shows three girls swimming in a pool.
This image shows the splash pad at Madison Pool & Splash Pad.

After a fun-filled summer, our five outdoor pools are scheduled to close in August 2021.

  • Roger G. Gress Northside Pool, Southwest Recreational Pool and Madison Pool & Splash Pad close after August 15.
  • Island Park Pool and Davies Recreational Pool close after August 22.
  • Davies Recreational Pool opens again for Labor Day weekend on August 28 & 29 and September 4-6 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

The Fargo Park District has five pool locations throughout the Fargo area. Each pool has its own unique set of equipment and amenities that can be found below.

Swimming Lessons

The Fargo Park District holds various indoor and outdoor swimming lessons throughout the spring and summer. Preregistration is required for all swimming lessons. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  

See all the swimming lessons offered here.

Pool Pass

2021 Pool Passes have to either be picked up at 701 Main Ave or purchased at the pools once they open on June 7.

The pools accept most debit/credit cards, Apple pay and Android pay.

Pool Capacities

Outdoor pools will be at 85% capacity this summer. We encourage groups to social distance from other groups when possible. We also encourage pool patrons to arrive at the pools wearing their swim suit to help limit the amount of people in the locker room at one time. 

Outdoor Pools

Address: 7150 25th Street S, Fargo 

Phone: 701-446-5940

Davies Pool includes two large waterslides*, one waterslide is Fargo's first drop slide and both slides start from 27 foot high platform. Davies Pool also includes a zero-depth swim area that features a large playground with several small slides, a 400-gallon bucket that dumps over the playground once every four minutes and a climbing wall over a section of the pool. This pool also includes a large deck area for patrons to lay out in the sun and concessions are available for your convenience. 

*Please note that there is a minimum height requirement of 48 inches for the large waterslides. This is a manufacturer's requirement.

General Admission Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm

Adult and Family Swim: Wednesday and Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm 

*July 4th Hours are General Admission 1:00-5:00 pm

Address: 616 1st Avenue S, Fargo

Phone: 701-235-7685

Island Park Pool has 3 pools: a 50 meter, eight-lane pool with water depth ranging from 3 1/2 to 5 feet; a large wading pool and a diving well with two, 3-meter diving boards and two, 1-meter diving boards. Concessions are available for purchase at your convenience.

General Admission Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-4:30 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm 

Lap Swim Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00-12:30 pm & 8:00-9:00 pm 

*July 4th Hours are General Admission 1:00-5:00 pm

Address1040 29th Street N, Fargo

Phone: 701-232-5726 

Madison Pool & Splash Pad is a small neighborhood facility with a zero-depth splash pad, a small wading pool and a small swimming pool with water depth ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet. The Madison Park Splash Pad is located adjacent to the Madison Pool, entry to both is included in the admission fee. The Splash Pad is a zero-depth, spray and play area intended to create water fun for youth of all ages, as well as energize children's imagination and learning. Help us introduce an exciting water-based recreational activity for the youth in our community! 

General Admission Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm 

Address824 19th Avenue N, Fargo

Phone: 701-446-2437 

Roger G. Gress Northside Pool is a large waterslide*, a zero-depth area with a playground and a small waterslide. Concessions are available for purchase at your convenience. 

This pool is officially named for longtime Fargo Park District Executive Director, Roger G. Gress. Gress retired from the Fargo Park District at the end of 2016 after a total of 36 years of service. The original construction of this pool was one of his first major projects as Executive Director.

*Please note that there is a minimum height requirement of 42 inches for the large waterslide. This is a manufacturer's requirement. 

General Admission Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm. 

Adult and Family Swim: Wednesday & Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm. 

*July 4th Hours are General Admission 1:00-5:00 pm

Address1840 15th Avenue S, Fargo  

Phone: 701-235-4093 

Southwest Recreational Pool includes a large waterslide*, a zero-depth swimming area with a two-tiered playground in the water and a waterslide, plus water drop mushrooms in the pool. This pool is fun for all ages. Concessions are for purchase at your convenience. 

*Please note that there is a minimum height requirement of 42 inches for the large waterslide. This is a manufacturer's requirement. 

General Admission Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm. 

Adult and Family Swim: Wednesday & Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm. 

*July 4th Hours are General Admission 1:00-5:00 pm

Outdoor Pool Policies

The pools are open and outdoor lessons held when the air temperature is 62 degrees and above.

All children who wear diapers are required to wear waterproof diapers at all Fargo Park District pools. This policy is for everyone's safety.

No outside food is allowed in the pool area. Concessions are available for purchase at Davies Recreational Pool, Island Park Pool, Roger G. Gress Northside Pool and Southwest Recreational Pool.

Rules are posted at each pool and in the table below.

Please note that all pools start clearing the pool 10 minutes prior to the facility closing. For example: If the pool facility closes at 8:00 pm. for the evening session, our staff starts clearing swimmers from the pool at 7:50 pm.

More information is coming soon for the aquatics dress code.

The Fargo Park District provides lifeguards to ensure that all patrons are safe while swimming. Daycares are to provide supervisors to enforce rules and help discipline their children that misbehave. The Fargo Park District follows the Cass County Health Department daycare mandated child to adult ratios: 10 to 1 ratio for all school-age children (ages 5 and older) and 7 to 1 ratio if at least one child is younger than school age (age 5). 

At least one half of daycare staff are required to enter the pool when the children they are supervising are in the pool, the other half must remain on deck to supervise the remaining children. If the majority of the children are swimming then the majority of the supervisors must be watching the children at the edge of the pool. During any breaks at the pool, the supervisors need to know where the children are at all times. If you see one of the lifeguards speaking to one of your children please send a supervisor over to see what happened. Please remember that the supervisors are role models for the children and they must follow the rules at all times and help enforce them as well. 

NOTE: Please read through the pool rules with your children prior to coming to the pool. 

Lifejackets are mandatory for non-swimmers in the main pools at all locations (this policy does not include the wading pools at Island Park and Madison). The swim test will be administered to assess swimming ability and the classification of non-swimmers is at the lifeguard's discretion. Facility supplied life jackets are available on a first come first serve basis. For any further details or concerns please see the pool manager.

Pool Rules

1. Children 9 years and older are allowed at the pool without being accompanied by an adult or a competent person at least 16 years of age. 

2. Goggles are permitted provided they are properly used. The goggles must have non-breakable lenses. Snorkels, facemasks and swim fins are not permitted.                        

3. Diving is only allowed in water 9 feet or deeper.                                      

4. Running, back dives, flips, handstands, cannonballs, can openers, twists or cartwheels when going off the deck is prohibited. 

5. Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted inside the pool area or on the property.                          

6. Food and drink may be purchased from the concessions and remain in the food court. No outside food or drink is allowed. Water may be brought in from outside if in a plastic bottle.                             

7. Inner tubes, floaties, balls or other flotation devices are not permitted during general admission hours. Life jackets may be used if they are US Coast Guard approved and fit properly. They must be used properly.              

8. Street clothes are not permitted in the pool. This includes shoes, T-shirts, jeans, compression shorts, gym shorts, sports bras, etc. Sunburns are not an exception.                   

9. Visiting with lifeguards is not permitted. If you have a rule question, ask a pool manager or a guard on break. 

10. Aggressive or rough play among pool patrons is not permitted. Throwing and pushing other individuals is not permitted. Sitting or standing on another person’s back or shoulders is not permitted. 

11. Foul language or cursing is not permitted. 

12. Unnecessary splashing including splash dives from the edge is not permitted. 

13. Children who are tall enough to go down the waterslides are not permitted to be on the play structures or smaller slides. 

14. Strollers are not permitted in the pool area. 

15. Patrons who are not fully toilet trained must wear a waterproof swim diaper. Regular disposable or cloth diapers are not allowed.

16. Any use of cameras or camcorders by patrons must be approved by management.            

17. Pool managers may eject persons from the pool area for cause. 

Note: These rules only apply to Island Park Pool.

 

1. Jump or dive straight off the boards. Enter the diving area from the board only. 

2. Swim directly to the ladders. 

3. Use the appropriate ladder, NOT the pool edge when exiting the pool. 

4. One bounce off of the diving board. 

5. Handstands, seat drops or other dangerous stunts are not permitted. 

6. Lifejackets are not permitted when going off the boards. 

Note: These rules apply to Davies, Roger G. Gress Northside and Southwest Pools.

 

1. Must be at least 42 inches tall to use the sides at Southwest Recreational Pool and Roger G. Gress Northside Recreational Pool. Must be at least 48 inches tall to use the sides at Davies Recreational Pool. These heights are manufacturers requirements 

2. Must go down feet first, either seated on your bottom or laying on your backside. 

3. NO turning or rolling is allowed while going down the waterslide. 

4. Swimmers are not permitted down the waterslide until the lifeguard grants permission to do so. 

5. Life jackets or goggles are not permitted on the waterslide. 

6. Parents are not permitted to catch children at the bottom of the waterslide. Parents must wait on deck. 

Note: These rules apply to Island Park Pool and Madison Pool & Splash Pad.

 

1. Children who are tall enough to go down the waterslides are not permitted to be on the play structures or smaller slide. 

2. Adults and youth who are supervising young children should remain at the pool edge and are responsible for the actions of the child/children. 

1. Children who are tall enough to go down the waterslides are not permitted to be on the play structures or smaller slide. 

2. Must go down slide feet first, either seated on your bottom or laying on your backside. 

3. Only one person allowed down the slide at a time. 

4. Sitting or pushing on geysers or hanging on ropes is not permitted. 

5. Running through shallow water is not permitted. 

6. Walking in front of the slide or swimming in roped off areas is not permitted.

Note: These rules only apply during adult and family swim time.

 

1. Extra apparatus such as fins, snorkels and shatterproof masks are allowed in the pool area during this time. Lifejackets must remain Coast Guard approved. 

2. Squirt guns are NOT allowed. 

Deck chairs are provided for the convenience and enjoyment of all pool-goers. Please do not move the deck chairs. If you have a request please ask the pool manager.

Exception: If you have an accessibility issue and need to bring in your own deck chair please see management for approval and placement.

Do not leave your belongings unattended on or near any deck chairs. The Fargo Park District and its staff are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.