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When our lightning detector sounds an alarm, all patrons must immediately move into the building. If the alarm has not cleared after a half hour, the staff will then make one of the following decisions:
We attempt to open the pool every day; however, cooler temperatures and/or high winds may cause closures. Please call the Ross Park Weather Line at 208-234-0472 and follow the prompts.
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We do not permit any inflatable flotation devices; Idaho State Code allows us to choose whether we allow flotation devices or not. Well-fitted life jackets and puddle jumpers are permitted under the supervision of an adult. For your convenience, we do rent life jackets for $5 with collateral.
The lazy river tubes are commercial-grade material and are designed to not deflate rapidly.
They are allowed but only in certain pools. The main and activity pools have larger surface areas, and noodles do not present an issue. The kiddie pool and lazy river are busy attractions; therefore, noodles are not allowed. Please Note: Noodles are not considered a flotation device and should not be used as such. Lifeguards reserve the right to ask that noodles not be used due to crowded conditions.
No, most pools are too shallow for diving; therefore, for easier regulation, there is no diving anywhere. Diving could cause serious head, neck, and back injuries. We also do not allow flips or twists from the side.
No, our policy is that everyone must pay to enter the complex. We have a set of viewing bleachers by the main pool for those who do not want to pay.
Yes, please get a hand stamp on your way out of the facility. Without a hand stamp you will not be allowed to enter without paying again.
Our pools have enough capacity to hold more than 1,600 swimmers in pool areas alone. In addition, we have grass areas and buildings that further increase our capacity. Although we are busy, we have never reached capacity.
Swim diapers were a great invention because they are waterproof and prevent the diaper from disintegrating, but they do not hold their contents well. As a secondary measure, plastic pants are required to be worn over all swim diapers. This helps to prevent contamination, which can prompt pool closures.
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The contaminated pool will re-open once we have treated the affected area. Treatment can include letting the pool cycle through the filters for 30-45 minutes, or we may have to shock a pool with chemical, which could also take 30-45 minutes. In extreme cases, some contamination can close a pool for the day. Thankfully, there are other pools that you can utilize until the contaminated pool re-opens. We do not issue refunds for pool contamination.
Yes, you can bring in coolers with food and drinks. The only limitations are that no glass containers or alcohol are allowed. We do have vending machines and a concession stand with options for purchasing food as well.
Barbecue grills are not allowed in the facility. You may use them in the park area but are not allowed for the safety of everyone.
No, we do not offer rain checks or refunds for weather-related conditions. We caution people prior to entering if the weather is taking a turn for the worse.