City pools and Splash Pad are officially open

Rules, regulations, hours of operation and links to all the city pools, and splash pad.

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SPLASH! Cooling off in the Queen City just got a lot more fun with the addition of the Dupont Splash Pad.

MANCHESTER, NH – For lots of people, summer officially begins when the city pools open for business. Well then, welcome to summer – today’s the first full day of operation for city pools, including the new Dupont Splash Pad. Although today’s high of 78 degrees may seem a little on the chilly side for splashing around, kids are generally oblivious to the goose-bumps, and may even request an ice cream cone after swimming is over.

Oh, to be young again.

Anyway, the mercury is expected to rise as the week wears on, and no doubt, the true dog days of summer have yet to arrive.

Your best resource for information about early pool closings due to weather, and other parks-related information, is to follow Manchester NH Parks and Recreation on Facebook. You can also reach the Parks & Rec office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 603-624-6565.

Below is information directly from the city’s website detailing the rules and regulations for city pools, hours of operation, and most everything else you need to know. For specific pool information, click one of the following links:

Scheduled first day of operation: June 26, 2017

Crystal Lake is posted “SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.” 

Pool Resident Swim 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 6 p.m. – 7:30* p.m.
Pool Non-Residents Permitted 3 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 7 p.m. – 7:30* p.m.
Crystal Lake

Dupont Splash Pad

10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.



10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents must show ID.Non-Residents are Permitted at Crystal Lake only after 4 p.m.


Residents must show ID. Non-residents are permitted at Dupont Splash Pad only from 5:30-7 p.m.

  • To ensure public safety, this schedule is contingent upon lifeguard staff availability and weather conditions.
  • Closing time ends slightly earlier through the season as the days get shorter.
Dupont Splash Pad

207 Mason Street


Hunt Pool

297 Maple Street


Livingston Pool

410 Hooksett Rd.


Raco Theodore Pool

66 Head Street


Crystal Lake

679 Bodwell Rd.

Swim at your own risk  

Public swimming facilities typically open for the swimming season after public schools are released for the summer.  The season generally closes prior to the start of the next school year.

The three municipal pools are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.  Livingston Pool provides a zero-entry way, and Raco-Theodore Pool, and Hunt Pool are each equipped with hydraulic lifts for pool access.  Dupont Splash Park is accessible to persons with disabilities as well.

Livingston Pool Lap Swim – Adult Lap Swim Monday through Thursday, 12:00 to 12:45 pm starting June 27, 2016.  LAST DAY OF LAP SWIM WILL BE AUGUST 11, 2016
Raco Theodore Pool – Raco Theodore Pool will close to the public during private swim meets during the summer.  Closed 7/1,  7/2,  7/3,  7/15,  7/16,  7/17,  7/29,  7/30 and 7/31.


Rules & Regulations Swimwear Policy
  • Patrons must have ID and Proof of Residency
  • Showers must be taken by all bathers
  • Bathing suits are required (Swim policy available on web site)
  • No long pants, cutoffs, tee shirts or water shoes
  • No children with diapers (Swim pants are required)
  • No smoking within 50 feet of pool entrance
  • No strollers in pool area
  • No pets allowed
  • No food, drink, or coolers in pool area
  • No running on pool deck
  • No horseplay, climbing on shoulders or back, etc.
  • No flotation devices, full-face masks, fins, snorkels, or life jackets
  • No diving- Enter water feet first only
  • No cannonballs, coffins, can-openers, belly flops, etc.
  • No toys allowed in water
  • No climbing on guard chairs, buoy lines or rescue equipment
  • Non-swimmers must stay in shallow end
  • All toddlers must be accompanied by an adult in water (arm distance)
  • Children are the responsibility of a legal adult/parent
  • No weapons or material deemed of dangerous nature (ie knife etc.) allowed
  • No loitering
  • Grilling or open flames prohibited
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed
  • Only hygienic attire specifically designed for swimming will be allowed.
  • NO swimwear shall expose personal parts of the body.
  • Swimwear must have a lining on the inside or be made of a nylon-like material without metal rivets.  Men’s swimwear should have a drawstring, mesh lining and cannot go below the knee.
  • Exercise clothing may not be worn as swimsuits.  For example, gym/athletic shorts of any kind, including basketball shorts, running or track shorts, unlined board shorts, and unlined shorts of any nature will not be permitted.  In addition, sports bras, shelf bra tanks, camisoles, leotards, and other workout gear is not allowed.
  • No underwear may be worn under any swimsuit.
  • Denim, cut-offs, and other types of shorts are not permitted.
  • T-shirts and other street clothes are not permitted. 
  • Tight fitting rubber or plastic “swim pants” are required for those individuals who are diaper dependent or those who are not toilet trained.  Disposable or cloth diapers are not permitted in the water or at any public bathing facility.
  • Any swimwear that may lead to personal endangerment or entrapment will not be permitted.
  • Children and toddlers wearing Coast Guard approved swimsuits.  (Coast Guard approved lifejackets with crotch strap are permitted only with a physician’s note.)  A parent or adult guardian must be in the water within an arms distrance– shallow end only – with children or toddlers wearing these swimsuits/lifejackets at all times.
  • Aquatic staff will have final judgment in all decisions concerning health and safety issues regarding swimwear.

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