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Aquatic Centers & Water SpraygroundsThe Houston Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains 37 outdoor aquatic centers and 23 water spraygrounds. The 2013 swim season has ended and H.P.A.R.D.ís is closed until the start of the 2014 swim season. Opening dates and hours will be announced in Spring 2014.
The 23 water spraygrounds operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department are open year-round at park locations across the city. Each is distinctive and offers eye-catching design and interactive water jets for active water play outside of the pool environment.
H.P.A.R.D. operates a heated indoor natatorium for citizens with disabilities at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray. The 5-lane, 25-yard heated pool is fully accessible by wheelchair and is equipped with a zero depth entry ramp, hand rails, and three chair lifts. Changing and shower facilities are available adjacent to the pool area. Participants are required to have independent functioning mobility skills or bring an adult attendant to assist.
The department offers free learn to swim classes for youth through the H2OSafe program. Fulltime lifeguards and trainers lead water fitness classes and FREE exercise periods for people with disabilities.
Water fitness classes are offered at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Monday – Friday. Swimming skills are not necessary to participate in the Adaptive Recreation water programs. Year-round swim lessons are available for adults and children. Pre-registration is required and must be complete prior to getting in the pool. H.P.A.R.D. staff will conduct initial safety screening in the water.