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The City of Mentor Recreation Department operates three family-friends outdoor swimming pools, each featuring designated lap lanes, baby pool, tether ball, water basketball, and more. All three pools have an extensive Red Cross Learn to Swim program for ages 6 months through adult. Lifeguard training, water exercise, scuba training and special events are all offered. Each can be rented for special occasions.

Mentor Recreation also operates two free water sprayparks – Walsh Spraypark (formerly known as Bellflower Spraypark) and Morton Spraypark for family enjoyment. Each of our aquatic facilities has its own unique features and offer something for the whole family.

Seasonal aquatics passes provide a great value and entitle pass holders to unlimited use of our facilities during regular hours of operation.

We’re Hiring Lifeguards! Interested in becoming certified? Get details here. Interesting in getting a job? Apply here

Learn to Swim

Each summer, the City of Mentor Recreation Department offers American Red Cross swim lessons – Levels 1 – 6, Preschool, Infant, Parent & Child and Adult for ages 6 months and older.

Our certified Water Safety Instructors teach more than 400 different swim lessons across weekday, evening and Saturday lessons, at all three pools, all summer long! Additionally, Mentor Recreation is the largest provider of American Red Cross swim lessons in Lake County, teaching around than 2,000 participants every year.

With our proximity to Lake Erie and the abundance of aquatic opportunities available to our residents, swim lessons are an important part of a child’s education and development, for health and safety and lifelong enjoyment of the water.

Be safe – learn to swim!

All swim lessons are $29 for Mentor residents and $39 for nonresidents.

Please read level descriptions carefully. The American Red Cross has improved its Learn-to-Swim program by changing the placement and distribution of skills throughout the levels to improve participant progress and skill acquisition.  The Preschool level is designed specifically to help young swimmers feel comfortable in the water for the first time without a parent.

To assist you in your level selection, you’ll find a detailed American Red Cross level sheet and skill checklist you can download and review for additional information. Please Note: The American Red Cross released new skill sheets on May 1. We will upload as soon as we have them but they should be very close to the current sheets provided here.

Be sure to call the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720 if you have any questions about level placement for your child.

Preschool
In this fun class for children ages 6 months – 5 years and a parent, we use games, songs and simple instruction to help children learn to establish an expectation for adult supervision in and around the water, learn more ways to enter and exit the water in a safe manner, explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern through bobbing and blowing bubbles, and learn how to glide on the front and back with assistance.

Level 1
In level 1, children ages 4 and older learn to enter and exit the water using ladder, steps or side, to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, to bob, to open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. While learning front and back glides and floats, recovery to vertical position and to roll from front to back and back to front, children begin to develop comfort in the water. Other skills include alternative and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front and back, treading water using arm and hand actions and combined arm and leg actions on front and back. Minimum age is 4. Skills Checklist – Level 1

Level 2
Success with fundamental aquatic skills begins in level 2 as children learn to enter and exit water by stopping or jumping from the side, fully submerge and hold breath, bob, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. Children learn front, jellyfish and tuck floats, front and back glides and floats, how to recover to vertical position, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, and how to roll from front to back and back to front.  Skills Checklist – Level 2

Level 3
Building on the skills introduced in level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water, children learn to enter water by jumping from side, back float, survival float, rotary breathing, and headfirst entry into the water from the side in sitting and kneeling positions. Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front will be introduced along with front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.  Skills Checklist – Level 3

Level 4
This is a big level with many skills to perfect. Most students take Level 4 several times before passing all the necessary skills. In this level, children develop confidence in the skills learned and improve other aquatic skills including swimming under water, feet-first surface dives, survival swimming, and headfirst entry into the water from the side in compact and stride positions. Other skills include front crawl and backstroke open turns, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, plus flutter and dolphin kicks on back. To advance, children also must be able to tread water using 2 different kicks. Skills Checklist – Level 4

Level 5
Children learn further coordination and refinement of strokes in level 5. We’ll cover shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin front stroke, tuck and pike surface dives while submerging completely, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, plus sculling. Skills Checklist – Level 5

Level 6
In this level, students refine the strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Students learn to swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke. The class includes more complex safety skills, jumping into deep water and performing a survival float for 5 minutes, rolling onto back and performing a back float for 5 minutes, performing a surface dive, retrieving an object from the bottom of the pool at a depth of 7 – 10 feet, returning to the surface and the starting point. Skills Checklist – Level 6 Diving

This new American Red Cross course is an introduction to the skills needed to become a certified lifeguard. The course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for kids ages 11 – 14 who aspire to become a lifeguard in the future. This course does not provide lifeguard certification. Participants in this course should have the following basic skills: Be capable of swimming 25 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke; tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs; show a level of comfort on the back by floating for 30 seconds or swimming on back for 25 yards; submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.

Offered early June

Students must attend all classes and pass written and practical test to receive certification. Included in the course is Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer. Students must be 15 years old and bring proof of age to first class. The following prerequisites will be tested the first day of class. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will not be permitted to continue with the course but will receive a refund:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  3. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive feet-first or head-first to a depth of 7 -10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, then surface and swim 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object, then exit the water without using a ladder or steps – all in less than 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Season Passes & Rentals

When you purchase an Aquatics Pass, you receive unlimited, regular daily admission to all three city aquatic facilities all summer long! Aquatics passes offer a fantastic value and can save the average family hundreds of dollars over the course of the summer.

Aquatics Passes will also go on sale beginning April 3.

Please note: New registration software requires all pool pass holders have a new photo taken and a new pass issued. Online pass renewal will not be available this year but we look forward to offering a very quick, easy and secure online renewal next year!

Office Hours for Pass Sales
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays in April, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For the purpose of pool passes, a family shall be considered an adult couple and their unmarried children, under age 21, residing in the family home. Nieces, nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, etc., will not be considered to be included in the family membership. A family pass must include one parent.

Early Bird Pass Sales
Buy your pass online or in person before May 1 and you could win your pass free! We’ll hold a special drawing at the end of the day on May 1 and select three lucky winners to receive a full refund on the cost of their pass.

Proof of Residency
To qualify for the Mentor resident rate, you must bring a current utility bill showing your name and address AND photo identification at the time of purchase. No exceptions. Residents of Kirtland and Kirtland Hills showing proof of residency (utility bill and drivers license) also pay the resident rate through a reciprocal fee agreement with those cities. Please note that the City of Mentor-on-the-Lake no longer participates in the reciprocal program and MOL residents pay the nonresident rate.

2017 Season Pool Pass Rates

Individual Passes Resident Nonresident
Adult 18 & Over $57 $114
Youth 17 & Under $47 $94
Seniors 60 & over $47 $94
 Family Passes Resident
Nonresident
Senior Couple $72 $144
Family of 2 $89 $178
Family of 3 $112 $224
Family of 4 $130 $260
Family of 5 $140 $280
Family of 6 $160 $320
Each additional family member $20 $40

Swim & Save Card

Do you have a group of friends visiting from out of town? Do you visit our pools just a few times a year? Our new Swim & Save Card provides 5 admissions (youth, senior or adult) for only $25. Anyone can purchase a Swim & Save Card and they make great gifts too! Cards are available at all three pools and the Recreation Department office.

Why wait for an invitation? Plan your own private pool party! Birthdays, family gatherings, sport team celebrations … any excuse will do.  Mentor pools are available to rent!

Civic Center is available weekdays from 9 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 – 10  p.m.

Morton Pool is available every evening from 8 – 10 p.m.

Two weeks advance notice is required on all pool rentals. Call the Recreation Office beginning in April at (440) 974-5720  to book your event.

Civic Center Pool Rental Fees Resident Nonresident
150 people or less $340 $390
151 people or more $460 $510
Additional Hours – Less than 150 people $170 each $170 each
Additional Hours – More than 150 people $230 each $230 each
Morton Pool Rental Fees Resident Nonresident:
Up to 200 people $225 275
Additional Hours $110 each $110 each

NOTE: Everyone attending your private rental will be counted, including both swimmers and non-swimmers.

Facilities

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Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, OH 44060 (Map)

Preseason Information: (440) 974-5720
Direct Line: (440) 974-8260

Pool hours: Monday -Friday, 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1 – 8 p.m.

Mentor’s premier water facility, Civic Center Waterpark features:

  • A heated Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool
  • Zero-depth entry
  • Three diving boards
  • Water slide
  • Children’s sprayground
  • Baby pool
  • Wireless internet access
  • Water basketball
  • Tetherball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Snack bar
  • Bathhouse with showers, lockers, restrooms and change facilities
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Playground

The pool deck is surrounded by lawn and areas of shade and lounge chairs. Civic Center Pool can be rented for parties and special occasions by calling the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720.

Daily Admission Rates

  • Adult (18-59):  $6.00
  • Youth (3-17): $5.50
  • Senior (60+): $5.50

Eleanor B. Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060 (Map)

Preseason Information: (440) 974-5720
Direct Line: (440) 205-0337

Pool hours: Daily, 1 – 8 p.m.

This pool, located in the heart of Mentor, features

  • A heated outdoor pool with diving board
  • Baby pool
  • Drop water slide
  • Snack bar
  • Bathhouse with showers, lockers, restrooms and change facilities
  • Water basketball
  • Tetherball

The pool deck is surrounded by lawn and plenty of areas of shade. Lounge chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for adults only.

Daily Admission Rates

  • Adult (18-59):  $5.50
  • Youth (3-17): $5.00
  • Senior (60+): $5.00

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Morton Community Park, 9325 Rosemary Lane, Mentor, OH 44060 (Map)

Preseason Information: (440) 974-5720
Direct Line: (440) 257-5719

Pool hours: Daily, 1 to 8 p.m.
Spraypark hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 8 p.m.

Morton Pool & Spray Park, a family-fun facility includes:

  • A heated outdoor pool with diving board
  • Baby pool
  • Drop water slide
  • Snack bar
  • Bathhouse with showers, lockers, restrooms and change facilities
  • Water basketball
  • Tetherball
  • Playground

The pool deck is surrounded by lawn and areas of shade. Lounge chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for adults only.

The interactive Spray Park, located just outside the pool gates, is open and free to park users. Children need to be supervised by adults as there are no lifeguards or supervisors at the Spray Park. For the safety of all users, swim diapers must be worn by children not yet toilet trained. Instructions and rules are posted. Morton Pool can be rented for parties and special occasions by calling the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720.

If swim lessons are canceled or the pool closes for any reason, the spraypark also closes. Call the pool directly at (440) 257-5719 to inquire.

Daily Admission Rates

  • Adult (18-59):  $5.50
  • Youth (3-17): $5.00
  • Senior (60+): $5.00

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Walsh Spraypark, 7221 Bellflower Road, Mentor, OH 44060 (Map)

Facility information: (440) 974-5720

This interactive spray park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., generally following our pool schedule. Free to park users, this brightly-colored 3,000 square foot area includes:

• Three large ground sprays
• Two interactive elephant water cannons
• Donut spray
• Two activation bollards
• A flower shower
• A sunflower spray
• Family-friendly bathrooms

The self-activated sprays allow young children to turn the water on for themselves. Children need to be supervised by adults as there are no lifeguards or supervisors in the park. For the safety of all users, swim diapers must be worn by children not yet toilet trained. Instructions and rules are posted.