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These St. Louis area pools are hosting dog swims this summer

Recreation and aquatic centers across the area will welcome pups for a day of fun in the sun.
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ST. LOUIS — If you have a dog and are looking for a fun activity before summer is over, look no further!

The summer season is almost over and that means the end of pool season in the St. Louis area. But before some places close completely, they will host a special day for our furry friends.

After shutting their doors to humans, recreation and aquatic centers across the area will welcome pups for a day of fun in the sun.

Here is a list of places across our area participating. Send us an email if there’s an event we’re missing.

Arnold Recreation Center

The Arnold Recreation Center is hosting its annual Pooch Plunge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

What to know

  • Small dogs (under 35 pounds) can swim from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Large dogs (over 35 pounds) can swim from 1-3 p.m.
  • $11 per dog and $3 per person

The Arnold Recreation Center is located at 1695 Missouri State Road in Arnold.

Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center 

The Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center is hosting its annual K9 Splash from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

What to know

  • Families can bring up to two dogs
  • You must bring your dog’s most recent vaccination records
  • No puppies under 4 months old
  • All dogs must be neutered or spayed
  • $7 per dog and $3 per person
  • Children under 2 years old get in free

The aquatic center is located at 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield.

EDGE Aquatic Center

The EDGE Aquatic Center is hosting a pooch plunge on two different days in September. The pooch plunge will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

What to know

  • Handlers must bring proof of current vaccinations
  •  Handlers must be at least 18 years old and must sign a waiver of liability
  • Dogs must be at least 6 months old
  • $7 per dog and $3 per person
  • Children 2 years old and under are free

The aquatic center is located at 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ballwin.

Kirkwood Aquatic Center

Don't miss this chance for our four-legged friends to enjoy the cool aquatic center waters! When not in the water, dogs must be attended and on leash.

9/6, 5-7 p.m. (all dogs)

9/8, 5:30-6 p.m. (dogs 25 lbs and under)

9/8, 6-7:30 p.m. (all dogs)

What to know

  • Proof of current vaccination records (DHLPP and Rabies) required 
  • Owners must bring bags and other methods to clean up after their dogs
  • These events benefit the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.

Click here for more information and registration.

The Lodge Outdoor Pool

The Lodge is hosting its Dog Days of Summer event on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at its outdoor pool.

What to know

  • Online registration is required and opens at 12 p.m. the day of the event
  • Multiple dogs allowed per person
  • Owners must show current proof of vaccinations
  • Humans must not go into the water with dogs, the swim is just for the pups
  • $10 per person
  • There are two sessions – 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

The Lodge is located at 1050 Des Peres Road in Des Peres.

Maplewood Family Aquatic Center 

The Maplewood Family Aquatic Center is hosting its annual Doggie Dive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

What to know

  • Dogs must be over 4 months old
  • Owners must provide proof of current vaccinations
  • No children under 13 will be permitted
  • Children 13-18 must be accompanied by someone over 18
  • No more than two dogs per person
  • $12 per dog and $3 per person

The aquatic center is located at 7615 Manchester Road. Click here for more information on the event.

North Pointe Aquatic Center

The North Pointe Aquatic Center is hosting its annual dog swim on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

What to know

  • Two sessions: 4:30-6 p.m. and 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Owners must provide proof of current vaccinations
  • No aggressive dogs
  • Two people per dog
  • $10 per dog, humans are free
  • All ages are welcome

The North Pointe Aquatic Center is located at 335 Holloway Road in Ballwin.

O'Fallon Pool Paws

O'Fallon's Alligator's Creek pool will host a dog swim on Sept. 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

What to know

  • All dogs must be accompanied by an adult 
  • All dogs must have written proof of rabies vaccinations
  • Entry is $13, with funds benefiting the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

Timbers of Eureka Recreation Center

The Timbers of Eureka Recreation Center is hosting its Dog Splash Pool Party from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

What to know

  • Proof of vaccinations required: Rabies, Bordetella and DHLPP
  • Owners are responsible for the clean-up of all waste
  • Humans may not enter the water with the dogs, this is a swim for dogs only
  • $5.00 per dog
  • Up to two dogs per human

The Timbers pool is located at 1 Coffey Park Lane in Eureka.

Wapelhorst Pool Paws

The St. Charles Parks Department has teamed up with the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, which is a nonprofit organization lobbying exclusively for animal welfare issues in Missouri.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 7 — 6-8 p.m.

What to know

  • Proof of current rabies vaccine, including DHLPP and rabies are required to swim
  • Well socialized dogs welcome. Aggressive dogs will be asked to leave. No pinch/choke collars!
  • Owners must bring bags or other methods to clean up after their dogs.
  • Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the pool area.
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are running loose and become rambunctious. Small children should be closely supervised to avoid injuries.
  • All owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.
  • Family members and friends are allowed to wade in the pool but not swim.

Webster Groves Parks Recreation 

The Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Cool Canines from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

What to know

  • Proof of vaccinations required
  • Owners will not be allowed to go into the water with their pups
  • The department “reserves the right to limit numbers”
  • $10 per dog and adult supervisor; $5 for each additional person
  • No people under 13 years old allowed at the event
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits Barkley House, an extended-care facility for pets in need of long-term medical care and their owners.

The recreation center is located at 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves.

Wentzville Parks and Recreation

The Wentzville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Pooch Plunge at the Splash Station Aquatic Center from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 6.

What to know

  • Dogs must be leashed when out of the water
  • Proof of vaccinations required
  • $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents
  • Each dog will get a snack and have a chance to win prizes (owners must register dogs by Sept. 5 to be guaranteed a snack)
  • Call (636) 332-9236 to register for the event

The aquatic center is located at 1141 Peine Road in Wentzville.

White Birch Bay Aquatic Center

The White Birch Bay Aquatic Center is hosting Dog’s Day at the Pool from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 6.

What to know

  • All dogs must be well-mannered and recently bathed
  • Current vaccinations
  • Dogs must wear ID tags and be on a leash outside of the water
  • $5 per dog and people are free

The White Birch Bay Aquatic Center is located at 1186 Teson Road in Hazelwood.

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