Urbana’s outdoor pool facility has something to offer for families with children of all ages
Waterslides for kids of all ages, multiple pools and one of the few aquatic climbing walls in the U.S. await at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center in Urbana
A pool facility has long existed at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. However, a new aquatic facility was officially opened in the summer of 2013 and includes some super-special features you want to know about. There’s so much for families to love about this pool that we know your kids will be asking to go back again and again.
Editor’s Note: Please know that information for the 2021 pool season is subject to change at any point in time. We encourage you to heed the guidance of Champaign-Urbana Public Health as the summer months approach and you plan family outings during COVID-19.
Tips For Your Trip From Other Parents
- To answer the top question families with kids of all ages will have, here’s the scoop on the waterslides. The “big slides” are for anyone 48 inches and up. One of the slides exits into a pool of 12 feet of water, so it’s important all riders are confident swimmers. Two other slides exit into a depth of 3 feet 6 inches.
- Additionally, the “treehouse” in the main activity pool has one enclosed slide and a couple other small slides that the youngest swimmers can enjoy on their visit.
- Kids age 3 and younger are always free. Once they turn 4, you’ll pay for their individual admission.
- To save a few dollars, visit after 5 p.m. or all day Tuesday. You’ll save $2-$3 per person!
- You’re welcome to bring bags or soft-sided coolers of food into Crystal Lake’s facility. There are no concessions for sale at the facility but you will find water coolers to refill your water bottles.
- Purchase a Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center punch card if you think your family will visit a couple of times. 2021 rates are $8 per person for a Champaign or Urbana resident, but a five-visit pass for a resident will only run you $35. That’s a savings of $5! (Each person above the age of 3 is considered a “punch.”)
- Bring some friends and employ the buddy system. The main activity pool is located a distance away from the lap pool and the deep water climbing wall/diving board/slides. If your bigs have a buddy, you may feel more comfortable with them on the loose in the facility.
- Visit the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center website to get the scoop on days they might open late due to a swim meet or for any other relevant info.
Is this pool good for toddlers?
Yes! Absolutely. There are many, many shallow areas in which your littles can play and the treehouse is a favorite for the braver toddlers and preschoolers that just can’t wait to do the “big things” at the pool. Just watch out for the areas where the pool gradually gets deeper and could quickly be overhead for your toddling swimmer.
We also think parents will like the “wet deck” chairs while young kids play safely in shallow water right in front of you.
What amenities are offered?
Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center’s amenities include:
- Trained lifeguards
- Restrooms and locker rooms, including family changing rooms
- Main activity pool featuring treehouse, vortex, “wet deck” and shaded shallow pool areas
- Lap pool with open lap lanes during all hours, and room to play water basketball during open swim
- Three large waterslides for riders 48 inches and up
- Deep water well featuring unique aquatic climbing wall, diving board and the end point for the fastest waterslide
- Snack area and streambed with water flowing over boulders for a different kind of water play experience (and a nice break from the swimming action)
Are season passes available?
Yes. In our opinion, they’re a great value if you plan to hit the pool once a week all summer long. Buy them early in the spring season (or better yet, at the end of the previous season) if you want to save as much as possible!
Can I have a party or rent the facility?
Yes. Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center can work with a variety of groups to make a successful outing possible. Contact them directly if you’re interested.
Do they offer swimming lessons?
In years past, swimming lessons have been held at the other Urbana Park District aquatic facility, the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center. A swim team practices at Crystal Lake, but no swimming lessons as far as we know.
How do I get there?
Click the map below for directions. Also, note that the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center shares a parking lot with the Anita Purves Nature Center, Busey Woods, and Friendship Grove nature playscape.