Grab the towels, sunscreen and inflatable toys because many pools, aquatic centers and splash pads are opening this weekend. Here’s a list of area openings:
Open June 3 through Aug. 4
- Camelot Pool, 9270 Cady Ave.
- Cryer Pool, 11783 Cryer Ave.
- Elkhorn Pool, 3200 N. 207th Plaza
- Hanscom Leisure Pool, 3110 Ed Creighton Blvd.
- Lee Valley Pool, 10605 Charles St.
- Spring Lake Pool, 4020 Hoctor Blvd.
Open June 3 through Aug. 11
- Deer Ridge Leisure Pool, 585 S. 126th St.
- Elmwood Leisure Pool, 606 S. Happy Hollow Blvd.
- Gallagher Leisure Pool, 2936 N. 52nd St.
- Hitchcock Park Pool, 5025 S. 45th St.
- Karen Pool, 6288 H St.
- Miller Water Park, 6275 N. 30th St.
- Oak Heights Leisure Pool, 10205 U St.
- Roanoke Pool, 4747 N. 113th St.
- Zorinsky Aquatic Center, 3808 S. 156th St.
Omaha spray grounds
Open May 27 through Sept. 2
- Benson, 7002 Military Ave.
- Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, 705 Riverfront Drive
- Fontenelle Park, 4405 Fontenelle Blvd.
- Kountze Park, 1920 Pinkney St.
- Levi Carter, 809 Carter Lake Shore Drive
- Morton Park, 5724 S. 41st St.
- Orchard Park, 6502 Hartman Ave.
- Upland Park, 3104 Jefferson St.
- Seymour Smith Park, 6802 Harrison St.
- Westwood Heights, 12334 Seldin Drive
Open May 28 through second week of August
- Cascio Pool, 1500 Lawrence Lane
- Dowding Pool, 14th and Washington Streets
- Gilbert Pool, 29th Avenue and Jackson Street
- Sun Valley Pool, 52nd Street and Aspen Drive
Open May 25 through end of August
- Katelman Water Park, 1230 16th Ave.
- Pirate Cove Water Park, 915 N. 21st St.
The pool is open May 25 through Aug. 11. The splash pads are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Papio Bay Aquatic Center, 815 E. Halleck St.
- Schwer Park Splash Pad, 800 W. Centennial Road
- Eagle Ridge Splash Pad, Eagle Ridge Drive and Ashwood Avenue
- First Street Plaza Splash Pad, First and Washington Streets
Open May 25 through Sept. 2
- La Vista Municipal Pool, 7529 S. 85th St.
Open May 25 through mid-August
- Gretna Municipal Pool, U.S. Highway 6/Nebraska Highway 31 and West Angus Road
- Ashland City Pool, 25th and Clay Streets, open through mid-August
- Family Aquatic Center at Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway, open through Labor Day
Open May 28 through mid-August
- Blair Swimming Pool, 1601 Butler St.
Open May 25 through Aug. 11
- Wahoo Aquatic Center, 310 N. Linden St.
Open May 27 through Aug. 11
- Ronin Pool, 1777 N. Somers Ave.
- Splash Station, 3809 E. Fremont Drive
Fremont splash pads
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
- Ronin Park, 17th Street and Somers Avenue
- Miller Park, Jackson and M Streets
- Ruwe Park, Fifth and Howard Streets
- Van Anda Park, Linden and Pebble Streets
Open June 1 through Aug. 4
- Twin Rivers Water Park, 414 S. 18th St.
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Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave., is a 217-acre park that includes a playground, a lake, a pavilion and a scenic picnic area. One of the top features of Benson Park is its spray ground, popular among kids and families during the summer.
Dewey Park, in the heart of Midtown at 550 Turner Blvd., is known for its outdoor tennis courts. Dewey Park will be adding a brand new, state-of-the-art dog park in 2019.
Elmwood Park, 6700 Elmwood Park Road, is a historic park that has a city pool, golf course, picnic areas, sports areas and playground. One of its highlights is scenic walking trails, along with its proximity to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.
Flanagan Park, near 168th and Fort Streets, is Omaha’s newest park and lake. It features a 220-acre lake people can fish, and 475 acres of parkland, as well as cycling and walking trails. This lake will also feature around the Flanagan Lake trail the popular “Take A Seat” benches, which used to belong at the Gene Leahy Mall.
Fontenelle Park is a 108-acre public park at 4575 Ames Ave. Fontenelle Park has a popular lagoon, playground and long, meandering paths. Two basketball courts, four tennis courts and two football fields join a nine-hole golf course to host sports throughout the park.
Glenn Cunningham Lake, 8305 Rainwood Road, has horse riding trails and a lake where park-goers can enjoy boating and fishing. There are also walking trails around the lake’s leafy acres.
Hanscom Park, 3201 Woolworth Ave., is the oldest park in Omaha. You'll find it across the street from President Ford’s birth site. Hanscom received a brand new playground in 2017. Other features of the park include a greenhouse, dog park, tennis facility and pool.
Hitchcock Park, 5015 S. 45th St., features the Motto McLean Ice Arena, walking paths, a playground, picnic shelter, lagoon and an outdoor 50-meter pool.
At 3033 Hummel Road, this park offers both amazing views and activities for the whole family, including disc golf, trails, playgrounds and day camp.
Levi Carter Park, 3100 Abbott Drive, was named after one of Omaha's original industrialists, Levi Carter. Carter Lake provides opportunities for water skiing, fishing and boating. The park has baseball fields, football fields and basketball courts, as well as paths, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms, a pavilion and lots of open space. Levi Carter also has a playground and splash pad.
Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave., is known for its beautiful rose garden, rolling green lawns and historical monuments. Another perk of the park is its location to UNO’s campus and Dodge Street. During the year there are also numerous events held at the park, such as concerts, the annual lighting of the WWII colonnade and the Veterans Shine On event.
Located on the Missouri River, the Millers Landing Park is home to Lewis & Clark interpretive exhibits, riverfront walking trails and a picnic shelter overlooking the park lake.
Miller Park, 2707 Redick Ave., has a pool, playground and 9-hole golf course. Planned improvements include a scenic walking path, a new splash pad and the Kerrie Orozco baseball field.
Pacific Preserve is Omaha’s hidden gem, according to the parks department. Located at 162nd and Pacific Streets, this park provides a haven for pollinators and other wildlife. It also offers walking trails where people can enjoy a nature haven tucked away from the suburban area.
Seymour Smith Park is an urban park near 68th and Harrison Streets. The park has an all-play playground, which is accessible to kids with disabilities. It also has recreational athletic facilities, including a baseball field, football pitches, disc golf, tennis courts and a recreational skate park. The baseball field hosts American Legion Baseball and the UNO Mavericks. It also features a soap box derby track, a trap and skeet shooting range and a skate park.
Spring Lake Park, 4020 Hoctor Blvd., has a lagoon and a 9-hole golf course. The area, after a project completed in the spring of 2017, also has a diverse wildlife habitat and a lake stocked with fish.
Named for the Ponca leader, Standing Bear Park and lake is at 6404 N. 132nd St. The day-use facility offers a playground, fishing, no-wake boating, 3.3 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, a field for radio-controlled model airplanes, a picnic area and picnic shelters.
Tranquility Park, 12222 West Maple Road, is a 340-acre park with eight baseball fields, 17 soccer fields and 24 tennis courts. Other services include shelters, restrooms, a playground and lots of open spaces. The Tranquility Park Mountain Bike Trail, the first authorized off-road bicycle motocross trail in an Omaha park, is a six-mile course available to mountain bikers.
Youngman Park, near 192nd Street and West Dodge Road, features no-wake boating and fishing on Youngman Lake, a playground, picnic area and open space for other outdoor activities.
Zorinsky Lake Park, near 156th and F Streets, has more than 255 acres with two playgrounds, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a football field, hiking and bicycling trails and a universally-accessible fishing dock. Zorinsky is also home to one of Omaha’s most popular swimming pools.