Revised Rules & Regulations

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Kennedy Aquatic Center! We have been working to ensure that the facility and staff are ready for you to enjoy summer swimming. We recognize how important it will be to follow current health guidelines and have implemented new practices to ensure a healthy and safe environment. You will see new cleaning routines, signage to assist with social distancing, and limited access where social distancing is not possible. Please refer to the general health and safety guidelines below.


  • Capacity will be limited in accordance with state guidelines and to ensure adequate space for physical distancing.
  • All patrons must take the health screening assessment prior to entry.
  • Patrons are required to follow COVID best practices: wash hands frequently, follow face covering guidelines, refrain from touching your face, maintain 6’ of distance from others, and not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Patrons will not be required to wear masks while in the pool, but will be required to wear one while entering/exiting and in common areas such as restrooms, and locker/changing rooms.
  •  Patrons are encouraged to come dressed to swim to reduce touch points and contacts in locker rooms.
  • Members must bring all of their own equipment, such as towel, goggles, etc.
  • Individuals/families are required to maintain appropriate social distancing while on the pool deck and in the pool.
  • Limited seating will be strategically placed on deck to prevent congregating and maintaining social distancing.
  • All hard surfaces and touch points will be cleaned regularly and after each open swim session.
  • Staff will receive a daily health screening, including temperature checks. Lifeguards will not wear masks for safety reasons.
  • Patrons 14 years of age or older may check themselves into the Kennedy Aquatic Center without an adult. Patrons age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult (age 18+) at all times during their time at the water park. Adult supervision is encouraged to monitor social distancing.


  • You must be 14 years of age or older to enter the Kennedy Aquatic Center without accompanied supervision.
  • Children 13 years of age and under must be accompanied by and under the supervision of a parent/guardian (or responsible individual at least 16 years old with proof of age) at all times.
  • Children 5 and under must be within arm’s reach of a parent/guardian (or responsible individual at least 16 years old with proof of age) at all times.
  • Groups bringing children to the facility must have at least 1 adult for every 5 children.


  • Swimmers must be attired in lined swimsuits that have adequate coverage.
  • Swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentations are not permitted (including belts and chains).
  • Cutoffs and colored T‐shirts may not be worn in the pool.
  • Infants/children not toilet trained and incontinent adults must wear a swim diaper.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear water shoes while walking around the facility.
  • Only aqua shoes may be worn in the pool.
  • Sunscreen lotion may be worn, oil based products are not allowed
  • Swim face masks, swim fins, snorkels, flotation toys, mermaid tails, and water wings are not permitted. Life jackets are available to patrons of the facility. Personal Life Jackets that are Coast Guard approved (Type II and Type III) may be brought in the facility once it has been inspected by the Head Guard on duty. Life jackets are not permitted on the slide. 


  • It is our primary interest to keep participants and staff safe during inclement weather and uncertain conditions that otherwise threaten their safety. In the event that severe weather approaches the area, the Kennedy Aquatic Center management will closely monitor local radar and weather reports. If thunder is heard or lightning is seen,the Kennedy Aquatic Center management will close the pool and guests will be asked to exit the water and pool deck. The locker rooms will remain open until conditions allow for re‐opening the pools.


  • In order to maintain fiscal responsibility, the Parks and Recreation Department reserve the right to cancel any open swim session within 24 hours of any session that has less than 25 pre‐reservations. Those registered will be given the opportunity to change their reservation to another open swim session.


  • NO refunds will be issued for pre‐paid reservations. Reservations may be changed up to 24 hours in advance to a different date depending on availability.
  • Kennedy Aquatic Center strives to remain open during scheduled hours, but for safety reasons cannot be open during heavy rains, lightning and thunder. If the pool closes due to weather, contamination or for any reason deemed necessary by the Kennedy Aquatic Center management; we will not issue refunds. Patrons will receive an automatic credit to their account if an open swim session is closed within one hour of opening. No exceptions.


  • Capacity is limited to the current number allowed by the State of Michigan and the Wayne County Health Department. The Kennedy Aquatic Center reserves the right to limit admissions due to safety considerations.
  • Patrons must request a wristband from the head guard office if they wish to leave and return to the pool deck during their scheduled open swim time.
  • Animals are not allowed in the facility or pool area, with the exception of guide/service dogs. Guide/service dogs are allowed on the pool deck, but not in the water.
  • No lockers will be available.
  • The City of Trenton is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Patrons are responsible for providing their own towels.
  • Guests with special needs are welcome; our staff is pleased to provide assistance when requested.
  •  All infants must be changed in the restrooms and diapers must be disposed of in the proper containers.
  • Swimming is permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Only lifeguards are permitted on the guard stands.
  • No running or horseplay on the pool deck. Flips, handstands, cartwheels and somersaults are strictly prohibited on the pool deck/entering the pool.
  • No skateboards, roller blades / skates, or bikes are allowed inside the Kennedy Aquatic Center.
  • The diving boards and slide will be closed to the public during all open swim sessions.
  • Private swim lessons are not permitted during open swim.
  • All patrons must take a shower before entering the pool.
  • Smoking, tobacco products, vapes, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or persons under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, are not permitted. Persons found under the influence of alcohol or narcotics with be denied future admission and/or asked to leave the premises.
  • A limited menu of food and beverages are available for purchase at the Kennedy Aquatic Center Concession Stand and may only be consumed inside the designated concession area. Food, is not allowed on the pool deck.Food brought from home may be consumed in the designated picnic area only. Glass containers are not permitted.
  • Radios & TVs are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • There will be scheduled breaks during open swim sessions for designated adult only swim time.
  • Inappropriate behavior, language, or attire are not permitted and will be grounds for refusing admission or removal from the facility without a refund. Participants are expected to be courteous of each other and staff members.
  • Persons with infectious conditions or contagious diseases such as colds, open sores, the flu, eye infections, ear infections and similar infectious conditions/contagious diseases are not permitted in the pool.