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Jun 12

Two Manhattan Waterparks set to open Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 10:18 AM by Kristen Isch

Manhattan, Kansas, May 24,  2018 – Manhattan’s City Park Waterpark is set to open Saturday, May 26 for the summer. Northview Waterpark will open Monday, May 28, and Cico Park Waterpark will open as soon as staffing allows this season.

Hours of operation will for each pool will be:
City Park Waterpark 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. daily, May 26 - August 11
Northview Waterpark  1:00 – 7:00 p.m. daily, May 28 – August 11
Cico Park Pool 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. daily, opening TBD
Daily rates for swim passes are as follows:
Adults 16         $5.00
Children 2-14    $4.00
Under 2 Free

Twilight swim at City Park Waterpark  only each day from 6-8 p.m.   $2 Adults, $1 children 

Seasonal swim passes are available for $55 (all ages) and can be purchased at City Hall, located at 1101 Poyntz Avenue from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at our Customer Service Desk. Photos will be taken for passes. If you are renewing, you must have photos of all renewing. Up to 5 passes can be renewed in one transaction. 

The Waterpark at City Park is located at 1220 Poyntz Avenue and features a 50-meter competition pool with high and low diving boards and a drop slide. Patrons can spend time on the lazy river or bounce on the bubble slide. The Stingray surfing experience has staff on hand to provide assistance. The CityPark Pool and Waterpark also features two twisting and turning slides, a zero-entry area for little tots and younger swimmers, a concession stand on site, and picnic tables and deck chairs are also available.

Northview Waterpark is located at 510 Griffith Ave. This family-friendly waterpark features a family slide, twisting slide, speed slide, drop slide, low diving board and floating lily pads. Visitors can take it easy in the lazy river area or shoot some hoops at the water basketball goal. Concessions are available on site, and picnic tables and deck chairs are available.

Cico Waterpark, located at 3309 Robinson Ave., will open as soon as staffing allows this season. CiCo Waterpark features a family slide, low dive, and a new climbing wall, plus a zero-entry pool with a lazy river and water features are perfect for your younger swimmers.

For additional details and specifics on each waterpark please visit

The City is now hiring lifeguards and customer service staff. Apply online at  or visit one of the lifeguard pre-certification tests May 26-28 at Cico Waterpark. To become a lifeguard, candidates must:
1. Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
2. Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
o Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
o Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
o Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
o Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
If candidates pass this swim test, they will be enrolled in a certification class led by Manhattan Parks and Recreation.

If you have any questions about becoming a lifeguard, please contact Kelly Cook at or (785) 587-2757.

The mission of Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department is to build a healthy community through people, parks, and programs.  
People - Engaging the diverse residents of our community with parks, facilities, and programs
Parks - Providing open space and connecting our community to our physical, natural, and cultural resources
Programs - Improving physical, social, and emotional well being, positively impacting community health and wellness.
To learn more about Manhattan Parks and Recreation, please visit