Recently, we told you that the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department continues to look for lifeguards at an increased wage of $15 per hour. They need help so they can open all the municipal pools this summer, but they have already announced that one will open this weekend. Noelridge Aquatic Center on the city's northeast side is open for lap swimming from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. starting this Saturday through Monday, and open swimming from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday.  Get more details and lifeguard application information from our story here.

Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids Gazette just shared the news that all the splash pads in town will open this weekend. With temperatures expected in the 80s, it's great timing for the announcement of the following locations readying to start turning on the water every day, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m:

  • Cedar Valley Park
  • Cleveland Park
  • Daniels Park
  • Greene Square
  • Hayes Park
  • Hidder Park
  • Jacolyn Park
  • Noelridge Park
  • Redmond Park
  • Time Check Park
  • Twin Pines Park

In Marion, splash pads at Thomas Park and Gill Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) through Labor Day. The splash pad at Willowood Park opens when the Marion City Pool does, but that information has not been announced

Iowa City splash pads are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting this Saturday through Labor Day. They are at Wetherby Park, Fairmeadows Park, and Tower Court Park. Iowa City's City Park pool will have an open swim from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Learn more about their scheduling and pricing here.

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