239 West Main St; Richmond, KY 40475 | (859) 623-1000

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PARADISE COVE AQUATIC CENTER INFORMATION

Physical Address:  274 Lake Reba Dr. Richmond, KY 40475

Parks & Recreation Mailing Address:  345 Lancaster Ave. Richmond, KY 40475

Phone:  859-626-(POOL)7665  (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Parks:  859-623-8753  (Off season phone number)

About Paradise Cove

The Paradise Cove Aquatic Center opened in 2008 and features a well pool with diving boards, an ADA lift, a newly installed Aqua Climb rock climbing wall and a Zip’N rope swing.  The feature pool is zero depth entry and has a kids play structure with water sprays, a net climb, and a dumping bucket.  For the younger kids, there is a kids slide and an 18in shallow pool.   For older kids, and the young at heart, there is a family slide for multiple riders, a whirlpool, and open swim areas which are between 0 inches and 40 inches deep.  The main attraction at this facility are the 40 feet slides- one straight chute and a spiral slide. Restrooms, lockers, and affordable concessions are all located on site.  Shade Structures and lounge chairs are available on a first come/first serve basis.  Breaks are called every hours at 10 minutes to the hour for bathroom breaks. Adults are permitted to swim in both pools during this time while the children rest.

Park Amenities:

  • 1- Kid’s Slide, 1- Family Slide and 2- 40 feet slides
  • Zero Depth Entry
  • 2 Diving Boards
  • Climbing Rock Wall
  • Zip’N Rope Swing
  • Whirl pool feature
  • 18″ area for smaller children
  • ADA Lift
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Concession Stand
  • Several Shade Structures
  • Lounge chairs
  • Lockers

2018 Special Announcements

Special Announcements

**There will be a price increase for many of the programs and services offered by the Richmond Parks Department due to the new KY State Sales Tax Law. Admission to Paradise Cove, Adventure Falls, Memberships, Shelter Reservations, and Adult Sports will all be affected by the new law, in addition to several others. To review all services that will be affected, please visit the state website www.TaxAnswers.ky.gov

  1. Opening Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 (11:00am-7:00pm)
  2. Closing Date: September 3, 2018 (11:00am-7:00pm)
  3. Paradise Cove will be open on Tuesday May 29th from 11am-7pm
  4. All Paradise Cove Season Passes will be sold individually online or at the Richmond Parks & Recreation Administrative Offices Located in the Irvine McDowell Park at 345 Lancaster Ave.
  5. No Family Passes will be sold in 2018 to allow for the option for online sales.
  6. All season pass sales will need a picture on file and a keytag for entry to the pool. Please email an individual picture (saved by individual’s name in a .jpg format) BY MAY 1st to parksandrec@richmond.ky.us
  7. All passes without a picture on file and a keytag will not be allowed access to the pool.
  8. Season Pass sales for 2018 will end June 30.
  9. Please see Rules and Regulations Section for complete list of rules for this facility.

Paradise Cove Information

Admission Prices

Daily Admission Prices

**EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY- DUE TO THE NEW KY STATE SALES TAX LAW: There will be a price increase for many of the programs and services offered by the Richmond Parks Department. Admission to Paradise Cove, Adventure Falls, Memberships, Shelter Reservations, and Adult Sports will all be affected by the new law, in addition to several others. To review all services that will be affected, please visit the state website www.TaxAnswers.ky.gov

Age Daily Admission Twilight
4:00pm – 7:00pm
3 & under FREE FREE
Child (4-13) $5 $4
Youth (14-17) $6 $4
Senior (60 & Over) $5 $3
Adult (18-59) $9 $6
Camps / Daycare Buy 8 children get 1 adult free. Must Call Ahead to schedule.
Mondays after 4pm in June & July (all ages)
*NOT VALID ON THE 4th OF JULY*
Regular prices $3

Hours of Operation & Special Programs

Opening Day: May 26, 2018 @ 11am
Closing Day:  Sept. 3, 2018 @ 7pm

Public Swimming
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Labor Day & Memorial Day 11:00am – 7:00pm
(Closed on Weekdays in August while Madison County Schools are in session)
Special Programming
Swimming Lessons 9:30am or 7:20pm
Lap Swim 10:30am-11:00am and 6:50pm-7:20pm
Daily while swim lessons are offered
Adult Beginning Swimming Mon-Thurs evening 6:15PM-7:00PM
June 18-21 (4 sessions)
Limit 10 participants
Deep Water Bootcamp Mondays, 7:15PM-8:00PM
June 25-July 30 (6 sessions)
Limit 15 participants
Scuba Diving Certification Saturdays 8am-10:30am
June & July
Limit 10 participants

Dive In Move: 
Friday June 2nd Free swim from 7pm-9pm, “Moana” to follow. Sponsored by Park Community Credit Union, Richmond Parks & Recreation, and Madison County Public Library.

July 4th Celebration
Join the Richmond Parks & Recreation in celebrating the birthday of our City by attending the 4th of July Extravaganza at Lake Reba Park.  Paradise Cove will be open from 11am-5pm.  From 5pm-8pm we will have free swim at the pool.  Parking for admission is $5, day of the event.  After the pool closes, venture over to the Lake Reba Soccer fields and listen to the live entertainment, visit the food and craft vendors, and enjoy free mini golf at Adventure Falls from 8pm-11pm.  The Fireworks can be viewed at 10pm, anywhere in the park. For more information Click Here.

*Pool Hours are subject to change. In the event that the pool is closed for an event, a notice will be posted one week ahead of time at the facility.

Season Passes

2018 Season Passes

ALL PARADISE COVE SEASON PASSES MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR AT THE RICHMOND PARKS AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE LOCATED IN THE IRVINE MCDOWELL PARK AT 345 LANCASTER AVENUE.  (Season Pass sales for 2018 will end June 30.)

 

Season Pass Sales Information – Individual Passes Only

Season Pass  (Ages 4-13):   $35 (per person)
Season Pass (Ages 14 & Over):  $35.00

*Children 3 & Under are Free and do not require a season pass. Please check in at the Front Desk for admittance.

  

Please Note: If you have had a season pass, swim lessons, or participated in our summer camp, etc., your email address may be on file in our registration database. Please use this email to continue your registration which will allow our database to be the most up to date. Feel free to create a password, as we are not able to access that information.

Swim Lessons

Session Begin Date

Sessions:  Times
Session 1:  June 4 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 2: June 11 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 3: June 18 7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 4: June 25 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 5: July 9 with Tiny Tots 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 6: July 16 with Tiny Tots 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 7: July 23 with Tiny Tots 9:30am/7:20pm (60 mins)

Swim lessons are held Monday through Thursday and are offered at the times listed. Fridays are considered make-up days in case of inclement weather or an unforeseen circumstance.

SWIM LESSONS REGISTRATION

Click here for the 2018 Swim Lesson Registration Form

SWIM LESSON LEVELS- $55 per child

Level 1 (Parent Child), Level 1(no parent), Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5
Click here for swim lesson descriptions

These levels will be offered each session. Classes may cancel if minimum (3 students) is not met.

 

Tiny Tots Lessons–$55

Parent/Child classes- Ages 6 months-2 years
Children must wear Swim diapers & Vinyl pants ($3 at front desk)
Class will cancel if minimum is not met.

Additional Information:

  • A decision to move a child up or down a level might be made at poolside depending on the skill level.
  • Maximum 10 students per class/Minimum 3 people.
  • Fridays are make up days– for when classes are cancelled by us.
  • If student signs up for classes and fails to show, then a makeup will NOT be offered.
  • Students and/or parents will be called by Swim Lesson Coordinator if the classes are cancelled.
  • Please mark your calendar, no reminder calls before class.

*Refund Policy: Anyone who would like a refund on an activity must complete a Request for Refund form 10 days in advance of the scheduled class. If the request is approved, prorated refunds will take 10-14 business days to process and will be issued in a check from the City of Richmond. A $5 processing fee will be assessed as well.   Request for Refund Form:  Request for Refund form-Activities-facilities

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

A party room, housed in the main building is a perfect place to have your summer gathering! Rent this air conditioned room which offers four tables, 25 chairs, with a sink and a refrigerator for your convenience. Reservations must be made in advance. Starting in January, reservations for the party room can be made at the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department.

Prices include room rental fee and admission for up to 25 people. After your party you are welcome to swim and play for the rest of the day. The last party of the day includes a price adjustment to reflect the closing time of the pool.  A $25 deposit is required and must be paid at least 2 weeks in advance of reservation.

Day | Times | Cost
Mon-Saturday | 11:30am-1:30pm | $125
Mon-Saturday | 2:00pm-4:00pm | $125
Mon-Saturday | 4:30pm-6:30pm | $100
Sunday | 1:30pm-3:30pm | $125
Sunday | 4:00pm-6:00pm | $100

Private Parties / Corporate Events

Are you looking to host an after hours event for your group or business?   Bring your group to Paradise Cove for a fun and festive party.  We reserve the lap pool, the feature pool or both pools to meet your needs after regular business hours.  Reservations are only made through the Parks & Recreation Office. Please call 859-623-8753 to discuss your upcoming event.

Dates: 
1st week of June- July 31st & Weekends in August | Monday-Friday | No Availability
1st week of June- July 31st & Weekends in August | Saturday | 7:15pm-9:00pm
1st week of June- July 31st & Weekends in August | Sunday | 11:00am-12:45pm or 6:15pm-8:00pm
Week of 4th of July | Daily | Call for availability
Weekdays in August after Madison County Schools are in session | Call for availability.

*For current prices and rental information please see our Private Party-After Hours Reservation Form

Rules and Regulations

* Pool rules and regulations are subject to change *

General Rules

  • Lifeguards have the authority to prohibit any behavior or activity that poses a risk of incident or injury.
  • Running, pushing, and horseplay are not permitted.
  • Anyone wishing to ride the two forty foot slides must be at least 48 inches tall.
  • Any children, ages 13 & under, must be accompanied by an adult or someone 16 years of age or older. If children ages 13 & under attempt to enter the pool facility without an adult, access will be denied and they will be required to contact a parent/guardian to pick them up.
  • Parents/guardians that drop off their children must make proper arrangements to pick up their children no later than the close of the facility.
  • Parents leaving their children at the facility with an adult that is not considered a legal guardian should insure that their child has a phone number where they can immediately be contacted, in the event of an emergency
  • Video recording at the facility shall only be conducted with the express written consent of the City.
  • Person(s) who habitually violate the rules and regulations, or those patrons that continue to exhibit behavior that is deemed unsafe, or inappropriate will be asked to leave the facility, with no refund due. Repeat offenders will not be granted access to the facility and will not receive a refund. The City of Richmond reserves the right to suspend all season passes in the event that rules and regulations have been broken.
  • No Pool Noodles, toys or floats allowed.
  • No Outside Food or Drinks, with the exception of water bottles. No Coolers permitted. A Picnic area outside is available for use.
  • Smoking, Vaping, and smokeless tobacco are not permitted inside the pool area. A fenced in smoking area with picnic tables is located in a designated area.
  • You may bring your own chairs and shade structures. Shade canopies must be set up in the grassy area only.
  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and plastic pants. Bathroom breaks are called every hour at 10 minutes to the hour. Please take your children to the restroom at that time.
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices may be worn. Arm Floats, plastic float rings and rafts are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Guests with open cuts, abrasions, or sores are not permitted to enter the water.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Spitting and blowing the nose in the pool are not permitted.
  • All patrons are asked to shower before entering the pool.
  • Admission is based on park capacity as established by the Fire Marshal and Health Dept.
  • Lifeguards have the authority to prohibit any behavior or activity that poses a risk of incident or injury.
  • Running, pushing, and horseplay are not permitted.

Fecal Contamination

  • In the event of a fecal contamination in the pool, the pool may close from one hour, up to 48 hours depending on the severity, in order to properly sanitize the effected area.
  • Breaks are called every hour to ensure our patrons time to visit the restroom facilities. Please utilize these facilities for the health and the safety of other pool patrons.
  • Children who are not potty trained must wear both swim diapers and vinyl swim pants. Vinyl pants can be reused.
  • In the event of a fecal accident in the pool, the pool will close for several hours to clean and sanitize. If you have arrived within 2 hours of this accident, and the pool does not reopen, Paradise Cove will issue you a pass to return on another day. You must have a receipt to indicate what time you paid that day.
  • When accidents happen in the pool, all park patrons are affected. Thank you for helping us encourage a happy & safe experience at Paradise Cove. We realize that this is an inconvenience for everyone, and we apologize for the situation. However, the City of Richmond cannot prevent these situations.

Inclement Weather

  • In the event of a Thunderstorm or other weather related event, the pool will close and no refunds will be issued. The pool will reopen as soon as safely possible.
  • In the event the facility is closed for inclement weather, all patrons are required to leave the premises and/or make arrangements for transportation.

Violations

Person(s) who habitually violate the rules and regulations, or those patrons that continue to exhibit behavior that is deemed unsafe, or inappropriate will be asked to leave the facility, with no refund due.  Repeat offenders will not be granted access to the facility and will not receive a refund.  The City of Richmond reserves the right to suspend all season passes in the event that rules and regulations have been broken.

Season Pass Rules & Information:

  1. A Paradise Cove Season Pass is a discounted rate for admittance to the Paradise Cove Facility. There are no additional membership benefits.
  2. On days where the facility has reached maximum occupancy of 1100, season pass holders may have to wait in line to enter the facility. The Fire Marshall sets the maximum occupancy for the facility.
  3. Families with 4 or more children are eligible for a discounted rate if they purchase a season pass for two adults in the family and three additional children or one parent and four children. Discounts are only available in person at the Parks & Recreation Offices and parents must bring legal proof of guardianship or a copy of the birth certificate to be eligible for a discount.

For additional information on Season Passes please click here: Season Pass Rules

Directions

From Lexington:

  • Take exit 90 A off I-75.
  • Travel on the Robert R. Martin Bypass approximately 4 miles.
  • Take a left onto Gibson Bay Dr. The street dead ends into Lake Reba Park.

From Berea:

  • Take exit 87 off I-75.
  • Take a Right onto the EKU Bypass.
  • Go approx. 3-4 miles Take a right onto Gibson Bay Drive. The street dead ends into Lake Reba Park.

In The Park:

  • Go to the stop sign and take a left.
  • At the next stop sign, take a left.
  • The street will come to a cul-de-sac and the pool will be located to the left in the open field.

Employment Opportunities

CONCESSION STAND WORKERS

  • Click here for all currently open employment opportunities with the City of Richmond. This information is continually updated with the latest openings so be sure to check back often.

LIFEGUARDS, SWIM INSTRUCTORS & FRONT DESK WORKERS

  • PPM of KY, Inc. is now accepting applications for lifeguards, swim instructors and front desk workers for the current season at Paradise Cove. Persons interested in these positions should fill out the attached application, and follow the delivery instructions (listed on page 3 of the application) for consideration. No phone calls please. Should you have questions regarding employment as a lifeguard, swim instructor or front desk worker, please direct your inquiries to Jeremy Greer via email at jeremygreer42@gmail.com with the subject line “Paradise Cove Application”. We sincerely thank you for your interest and look forward to meeting you.
    • Please visit www.ppmlifeguard.com for additional information about the hiring process for lifeguards, swim instructors, and front desk workers and for application information.