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Dog swimming pool parties

Many of the St. Louis community public swimming pools offer an end of summer dog swim party.

Rules vary from pool to pool. Some pools don’t allow humans in the pools at all. Others allow people to wade into the pool with their dog. Some allow children, some don’t.

Be sure to check the information provided before you head out so you know what to expect.

All of the pools are going to require written proof that the dogs attending have had their shots and will expect you to clean up after your dog, so bring a shots record and your potty bags.

I took my dog Milo to the Kirkwood dog pool party a few years ago. Check out the video I took to get a preview of what you can expect at these events.

2017 Events:

Arnold:

Date:  Saturday September 9 (11-1 PM dogs under 25 lbs and 1-3 PM dogs over 25 lbs)
Cost: $10 per dog (with 1 owner), $3 per additional person
Location: Outdoor pool at Arnold Recreation Center

People can get into water knee deep only. Payment by cash or check.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Giacomo Carena (Flickr)

Ballwin:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (4:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: North Pointe Aquatic Center

Multiple pools for the dogs to swim in and a lot of space to run. All dogs and children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. People are not allowed in the water. No aggressive dogs will be allowed. All dogs must have current vaccinations.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesSt. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Gloria (Flickr)

Bridgeton:

Date:  Saturday September 9 (1 – 3 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog with pre-registration, $13 at the door (humans free)
Location: Bridgeton Crossing Family Aquatic Park
Website: Activity guide page 13

Dogs must have proof of rabies and DHLPC2 vaccination.

Chesterfield:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (4:30 – 7 PM)
Cost: $7 per dog, $3 per person, children 2 and under are free
Location: Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center

Owners must have the most recent record of vaccinations for dogs to participate. Up to 2 dogs per family and no puppies under 4 months old.

Crestwood:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5:30 – 6:30 PM small dogs, 7 – 8 PM medium and large dogs), rain date Wednesday September 6
Cost: $10 resident dogs, $15 non-resident dogs
Location: Crestwood Aquatic Center

In prior years, preregistration has been required. Contact Crestwood to see if it is required this year. All dogs who are friendly are welcome. Proof of rabies vaccinations and current tags are required.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – O.G. (Flickr)

Des Peres:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: The Lodge Outdoor Pool

Owners must show written proof of current vaccinations for distemper, parvo and rabies. Owners may not swim with their dogs.

Ellisville:

Date:  Thursday September 7 (5 – 8 PM) & Saturday September 9 (9 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $7 per dog, $3 per person, children 2 and under are free
Location: EDGE Aquatic Center

Handlers must bring a copy of current rabies vaccination record for each dog. Handlers must be at least 18 years old and must sign waiver of liability. Dogs must be at least 6 months old.

Eureka:

Date: Wednesday September 6 (6 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $5 per dog
Location: The Timbers of Eureka

Limit 2 dogs per owner. Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations required for admission.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Tracy Lee (Flickr)

Fenton:

Date: Tuesday September 5 (4 – 5:45 PM or  6:15 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog & handler, $7 per additional dog (limit 2 dogs per handler) $3 additional person
Location: RiverChase Recreation Center

Proof of updated vaccinations (DHLPP and rabies) required before entering the pool.

Ferguson:

Date:  Sunday August 13 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: Splash at Wabash

Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations.

Florissant:

Date:  Friday August 11 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) and Saturday August 12 (10 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and owner), $3 additional person
Location: Koch Family Park Aquatic Center

All dogs must wear an ID tag and be on a leash unless swimming. All current vaccination records, including DHLPP or DHLP and Rabies shots are required to swim. These must be written records. Tags are not proof.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Ann Dewig (Flickr)

Kirkwood:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5 – 7 PM) & Thursday September 7 (5:30 – 6 PM small dogs 25 lbs or under only, 6 – 7:30 PM all dogs)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: Kirkwood Aquatic Center

Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations.

Lemay:

Date:  Wednesday September 6 (dogs under 50 lbs only – 5:30 – 7:30 PM) & Thursday September 7 (all dogs, 5:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $5 (1 dog and owner), $3 additional dog
Location: The Pavilion at Lemay

Maximum of 2 dogs per person. All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations (DHLPP and rabies). Bring written proof from the veterinarian, tags are not proof. All dogs must be recently bathed, wear an ID tag and be on a leash except when swimming.

Manchester:

Date:  Saturday September 9 & Sunday September 10 (1 – 4 PM)
Cost: $11 (1 dog and owner, limit of 2 dogs), $3 additional person
Location: Aquatic Center at Schroeder Park

Owners must provide complete vaccination records (rabies, bordetella and distemper). Dangerous dogs must be muzzled.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – daphenator (Flickr)

Maplewood:

Date:  Friday September 8 (4 – 8 PM) & Saturday September 9 (12 – 4 PM)
Cost: $10/1 day or $15/2 days (1 dog with 2 adults), $1 per day (people without a dog)
Location: Maplewood Family Aquatic Center

The swim is for Greater St. Louis area dogs more than four months of age. Rabies vaccination records are required for each dog to participate and must be presented at the front desk. Participants must sign a liability waiver. No children under 13 allowed. Children ages 13 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18. No more than two dogs per person. Wading to the knees is permitted. No human swimming.

Maryland Heights:

Date:  Monday September 4 (6:15 – 8:15 PM)
Cost: $12 (1 dog with one person), $5 additional dog, $3 additional person, discount available with advance registration
Location: Maryland Heights Aquaport

Kiddie pool will be open for small dogs. Dogs must be recently bathed and kept on a leash when not swimming. All dogs must be wearing an ID tag and a current Dogport tag or bring a current vaccination records including rabies and distemper. All dogs must be at least 6 months old. Limit of 2 dogs per person. An adult must accompany children under 18. To avoid entrance lines, pre-register at the Maryland Heights Center.

O’Fallon (MO):

Date:  Saturday September 9 (9:30 – 11:30 AM)
Cost: $12 (1 dog and 1 resident human companion) $12 (1 dog and 1 non-resident human companion)
Location: Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

Preregistration is available by calling 636-474-2732. Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over.

Shrewsbury:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: Shrewsbury Family Aquatic Center

Dogs must have current shots records.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Andrew Macgill (Flickr)

St. Charles:

Date:  Monday August 14 & Thursday August 17 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: McNair Park Pool

All current vaccination records, including DHLPP and rabies are required to swim. Well socialized dogs welcome. AGGRESSIVE dogs will be asked to leave. No pinch/choke collars! Owners MUST bring bags or other method to clean up after their dogs. Dogs MUST be leashed unless swimming in the pool and closely supervised by their owners. All children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are running loose and become rambunctious. Small children should be closely supervised to avoid injuries. All owners MUST sign a waiver and are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs. All dogs must wear an I.D. tag.

Sunset Hills:

Date:  Friday September 8 (6-8 PM) and Saturday September 9 (10 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog, no charge for people
Location: Sunset Hills Aquatic Center

Bring proof of vaccination (rabies and bordetella). Limit 2 dogs per handler, must be 18 years or older. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. 

University City:

Date: Saturday September 9 & Sunday September 10 (11 AM – 3 PM)
Cost: $15 (1 dog and 2 people), $2 additional people, discounted price of $25 per dog for both days
Location: Heman Park Pool

Dogs must be with an owner at least 18 yrs of age and owners must bring written proof that their dog’s rabies shot is current or be wearing a U City Dog Park tag. Belly flop contest at 1 pm both days and swimwear contest throughout both days. Water for the dogs and potty bags provided. Concession stand open selling bottled water, soda, hot dogs and popcorn.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Gloria (Flickr)

Webster Groves:

Date:  Wednesday September 6 (4 – 5:30 PM or 6 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog with adult human, $5 additional person
Location: Webster Groves Aquatic Center

Owners must provide proof of vaccination records. Owners may wade but not swim with the dogs. Children 12 and under will not be allowed in the water.

Wentzville:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (7 – 9 PM), rain date Wednesday September 6 at 6:30 PM
Cost: $8 per dog preregistered, $15 at the door
Location: Splash Station Aquatic Center

Bring proof of vaccination at time of registration. All dogs must be leashed when out of the water. 

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Karen Goodman leads the Arch City Homes Team with Circa Properties, assisting home sellers and buyers in St. Louis, MO. In order to provide the best possible service to her clients, Karen works with a limited number of clients at a time.