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Wildwood Pool

Wildwood Pool during a youth swim meet, Crete, NE.

701 East 4th Street (4th Street and Grove Ave.)
Pool: 402.826.3500 (Seasonal: May-August)
Parks & Recreation at City Hall: 402.826.4314

Wildwood Pool and Park is located in the southeast portion of the city. The public swimming pool, renovated in 2012, includes men’s and women’s restrooms and lockers, zero entry, two slides, swimming lanes, and two diving boards. The splash area is set for replacement in 2021. Pool season passes, swimming lessons, youth swim team, and pool parties are available, see below.

The park area includes two tennis courts, a playground, picnic area, and green space. Tennis courts were resurfaced in May 2018 and are also lined for pickleball. (Go to Parks and Recreation Department Main Page)

See more information below on how and where to sign up or register for pool passes, pool parties, and swimming lessons.

2022 season dates:

  • Pool job openings, including pool managers, lifeguards, and cashiers, will be advertised starting in March
  • Pool Opening Day, Saturday, May 28 - Memorial Day weekend
  • Mayor's Day - free admission - TBD
  • RipTide home Swim Meets - June TBD
    • The pool is closed for general swim during the meets and will reopen for family swim after each meet, 6-8 p.m.
  • Crete Public Library Summer Reading Program Pool Party - TBD
  • Monday, July 4, open swim hours may change - TBD
  • Last Day of the Season, August TBD
    • Open swim from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with regular admission 
    • Pooch Pool Party from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Cost is $2.00 per dog
      • Dogs must be non-aggressive and leashed upon arrival
      • Toys and inflatables are allowed
      • Dog owners are welcome to swim as well
Pool Admission & Season Passes

Season pool passes for individuals and families are available at City Hall prior to the pool opening and at the pool during the season.

Daily Fees: Season Passes:
  • Ages 3 & Under Free
  • Ages 4-17 $4
  • Ages 18 & Older $6
  • Ages 55 & Older $4
  • Single $75
  • 2-Person $95
  • 3-Person $115
  • 4-Person $135
  • 5-Person $155
  • 6+ Person $175

Swim Suit Policy: All patrons who want to swim MUST wear a commercially purchased swim suit. NO street clothes are allowed in the pool, including, but not limited to: jeans, gym shorts, cotton t-shirts, leggings/joggers. ALL infants must wear a swim-approved diaper.

Weather Policies: 

  • Cool Temperatures: The pool will close any time the air temperature during the day is recorded below 70 degrees F.
  • Thunder & Lightning Safety: Wildwood Pool utilizes the WeatherBug phone application to track thunderstorms and lightning strikes in the area. The Manager on Duty is responsible to monitor any potentially dangerous weather conditions and will respond according to the pool’s safety policies.

Pool Hours (2021)
Monday - Friday
  • 9:00-10:00am: Water Aerobics
  • 10:00-11:45am: Swim Lessons (all sessions)
  • 1:00-5:00pm: Open Swim
  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Swim Lessons (Session 1-2 only)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Adult Swim
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Family Swim
Swim Team Practice
  • 7:30-9:00pm: Mondays-Thursdays
  • 9:00-10:30am: Fridays
Friday - Saturday
  • 8:00-10:00pm: Private Pool Parties
Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00pm: Open Swim
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Adult Swim
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Family Swim
Sunday
  • 1:00-6:00pm: Open Swim
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Private Pool Parties

Pool Parties: 

Private pool parties are held on Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10 p.m., and Sundays, 6-8 p.m. during the season. Schedule dates and pay fees at City Hall prior to the pool opening and at the pool during the season.

Water Aerobics:

Water Aerobics starts in June at Wildwood Pool. There is no registration or signup necessary; participants may attend as many or as few sessions as they would like.

  • Mondays - Fridays9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • cost is $3 per person, per daily session.

Swimming Lessons:

Three sessions of swimming lessons for Levels 1 - 6 are held in June and July for participants at least 4 years old. Infant and toddler lessons are offered in July for participants ages 6 weeks - 4 years old. Signup on RecDesk or at the City Hall Parks & Recreation Office. Information on private swimming lessons is available at the pool during the season. Registration will begin in May for Levels 1-6 and in June for Infant and Toddler lessons.

Youth Swim Team:

Crete RipTide Swim Team offers kids ages 5-19 a chance to participate in a competitive swim league with Saturday meets in the Kansas-Nebraska Swim League and entries in the Cornhusker State Games in July. Members of the team are required to purchase their own swim suit and goggles. Weekday practices are held at Wildwood Pool or indoor workouts at alternate locations on bad weather days. All swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unaided. Registration runs from April through early May online or at City Hall.

More Parks and Recreation information and online program signup can be found on RecDesk