Family Times

Attention Swimmers!
Fall Schedule begins Monday August 19!
Please be aware of time changes for ALL programs!

Recreation SwimPhoto by Marin Stuart

recreation Swim

rECreation Swim is a time for people of all ages to have fun in the water! The Activity Pool ranges from 1.5 feet to 3.5 feet deep with a spray feature, and a water slide which participants must be 48 inches tall to ride. The Splash Park with various spray features is also open. The Emery G. Weed Lap Pool is open only for lap swimming during the week, the diving boards are available Saturdays & Sundays.

School Hours August 19 - October 20
Fridays: 3:45pm-6pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm-4pm
Labor Day Monday 9/2/19: 1pm-4pm

Recreation Swim Capacity Procedures

On hot days, rECreation Swim will reach capacity. Pre-Sale for rECreation Swim begins at 12pm for 1pm or 1:15pm rEC Swim, and 3:30pm for Friday's 4pm rEC Swim. Pre-Sale participants must stand in the Pre-Sale ticket line (in a shaded area), and entry for Pre-Sale ticket holders begins 10-15 minutes before rECreation Swim begins. For Pre-Sale, please keep your receipt, that is your ticket into the facility.

Pre-Sale does NOT guarantee entry into rECreation Swim after Pre-Sale participants are let in the facility. After Pre-Sale participants have been let in to the facility, every other patron must stand in line and are subject to capacity limits, even if Pre-Sale tickets were purchased.

Pre-Sale participants are allowed into the facility 10-15 minutes early, but not in the pools. The Lifeguards will blow their whistles when rECreation Swim begins, allowing participants in the pools.

Once capacity is reached, we will let participants in on a one-out, one-in basis. If you have a large party, you may have to wait for another large party, or several small parties, to leave before being let in the Swim Center.

Tot Splash

For ages 8 and under, Tot Splash offers playtime in the Activity Pool and Splash Park for families with young children. The slide is not available.

School Hours August 19 - October 20
Mondays - Thursdays: 4pm-5:30pm

Parent Child SwimPhoto by Marin Stuart

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Splash Park

For ages 6 and under, family fun at the Splash Park is a great way to get wet and have fun playing in the water. An assortment of spray features will create hours of fun. Please keep in mind this is a non-lifeguarded area with no pool access.

School Hours August 19 - October 20
Mondays - Fridays: 10am-2pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-12pm


rEC Swim through 8/31/19
Under 1 year - Free
Child Ages 1-6 & Non-Swimmers - $3
Youth Ages 7-17 - $4
Adult Ages 18+ - $6

rEC Swim beginning 9/1/19
Under 1 year - Free
Child Ages 1-6 & Non-Swimmers - $3
Youth Ages 7-17 - $4
Adult Ages 18+ - $7

Tot Splash & Splash Park
Entrance - $3 per person


rEC Swim through 8/31/19
Child 10-Swim Pass - $25 Res / $30 Non-Res
Youth 10-Swim Pass - $35 Res / $40 Non-Res
Child 30-Day Pass - $43 Res / $52 Non-Res
Youth  30-Day Pass - $48 Res / $56 Non-Res

Tot Splash & Splash Park through 8/31/19
10-Swim Pass - $21 Res / $26 Non-Res

rEC Swim beginning 9/1/19
Child 10-Swim Pass - $25 Res / $30 Non-Res
Youth 10-Swim Pass - $35 Res / $40 Non-Res
Child 30-Day Pass - $45 Res / $54 Non-Res
Youth  30-Day Pass - $50 Res / $58 Non-Res

Tot Splash & Splash Park beginning 9/1/19
10-Swim Pass - $21 Res / $27 Non-Res

Family Season Pass

Valid June-October
Valid during rECreation Swim, Mini-rEcreation Swim and Splash Park times. Not valid during Lap Swim or Water Aerobics.
For 2 adults and up to 3 children living at the same address.

Through 8/31/19
Resident - $363
Non-Resident - $410

Beginning 9/1/19
Resident - $388
Non-Resident - $437

City Council approved new fees for the El Cerrito Swim Center effective September 1, 2019.


  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied in the facility by an adult.
  • All children ages 6 and under or non-swimmers must be accompanied in the water by a swimming adult 18 years or older.
  • One adult may accompany up to two children under 6 years old.
  • Swim diapers are required for all swimmers ages 3 and under. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the Front Window.
  • Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are available for use, please ask a lifeguard for assistance.
  • No PFDs, toys or other flotation devices are allowed in the facility.
  • Outside food and drinks are allowed. No glass or alcohol is permitted.
  • All patrons entering the facility must pay an entrance fee, even if not swimming.

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