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

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)

2019 Special Announcements

**Effective July 1st, 2018: 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, Concessions 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 Weekend: Sat, May 25, 2019 (11:00am-7:00pm); Sun, May 26, 2019 (1:00pm-6:00pm); Mon, May 27, 2019 (11:00am-7:00pm)
  2. Closing Weekend: Sat. August 31, 2019 (11:00am-7:00pm), Sun, September 1, 2019 (1:00pm-6:00pm), Mon, September 2, 2019 (11:00am-7:00pm)
  3. 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.
  4. No Family Passes will be sold.
  5. 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
  6. All passes without a picture on file and a keytag will not be allowed access to the pool.
  7. Season Pass sales for 2019 will end June 30.
  8. Hours of operation change in August when Madison County Schools are back in session. Paradise Cove will be closed during the week and open 11:00 am-7:00 pm Saturdays and 1:00 pm-7:00 pm Sundays.
  9. Please see Rules and Regulations Section for complete list of rules for this facility.

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.

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-
Discounted Monday Nights

Season Passes

2019 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 (MON-FRI 8:00am-4:00pm)

Season Pass sales for 2019 will end June 30

Season Pass Sales Information – Individual Passes Only

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

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

Season Pass Additional Information:

  1. All Pass Holders MUST have a picture on file. Email pictures with individual’s name to parksandrec@richmond.ky.us All season pass holders without a picture on file will have their account placed on hold until a picture is received.
  2. Each Pass member will receive a Key Tag with a barcode for entry into the pool and must scan tag for entry. This will be linked to your account. All Season Pass Holders can check in by swiping the card and by the staff verifying your picture.
  3. KEEP YOUR KEY TAGS EACH YEAR! Replacement key tags can be purchased for $2 each. Beginning in 2018, one replacement key tag will be issued if needed. A note will be placed on your account and in 2020, replacement key tags can be purchased for $2 each (or if lost this year). Please bring your key tags to check in at the front desk of the pool using our season pass scanner.
  4. 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.
  5. On occasion, various groups might utilize the facility which would close down the pool to the public and season pass holders. An email will be sent to all registered Season Pass Holders and will be posted at least one week in advance at the facility. Please be sure to supply a valid email and check our
    Facebook page for updates.

 

  

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.

Hours of Operation & Special Programs

Opening Day: May 25, 2019 @ 11am
Closing Day:  Sept. 2, 2019 @ 7pm

MEMORIAL DAY- Monday May 27 11:00am-7:00pm
4th OF JULY- Open 11am-8pm
LABOR DAY- Monday Sept 2 11:00 am-7:00 pm

**August hours of operation change in August once Madison County Schools are back in session:

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 Registration information available online.
Lap Swim Tentatively 10:30am-11:00am and 6:50pm-7:20pm depending on swim lesson schedules.
Daily while swim lessons are offered. Must have a pass for entry.
Adult Beginning Swimming Registration information available online.
Deep Water Bootcamp TBA Registration information available online.
Scuba Diving Certification TBA Registration information available online.

Free Dive In Movie: 
Friday, May 31st – Join us for FREE SWIM from 7pm-9pm. Immediately following we will be showing  “Incredibles 2.”  Sponsored by  Richmond Parks & Recreation and Madison County Public Library.

Friday, August 2nd– Join us for FREE SWIM from 7pm-9pm. Immediately following we will be showing  “Finding Dory.”  Sponsored by  Richmond Parks & Recreation and Madison County Public Library.

For additional information about our Free Movie Series- Click Here

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. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE.   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.

Parks Amenities

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

Swim Lessons

SWIM LESSONS REGISTRATION

Click here for Swim Lesson Online Registration

Session Begin Date

2019 Sessions:  Times
Session 1:  June 3 7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 2: June 10 9:30am (60 mins)
Session 3: June 17 7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 4: June 24 SWIM LESSON DAY CAMP
Session 5: July 8 w/ Tiny Tots 9:30am (60 mins)
Session 6: July 15 w/ Tiny Tots 7:20pm (60 mins)
Session 7: July 22 9:30amm (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 LESSON LEVELS- $55 per child

Level 1 (Parent & Child), Level 1(no parent), Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5

SWIM LESSON CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Parent  & Child Classes

1. Tiny Tots – Ages 6 months to 2 years (Limited July Sessions)- This class is for parents and babies-toddlers.  It is meant to help the child become comfortable in the water. Children must wear Swim diapers & Vinyl pants ($3 at front desk).  If class minimum is not met, this class may combine with the Parent/Child Level 1 class.

2. Parent and Child Level 1 – Ages 2 years to 5 years- This class is for those children who are NOT ready to be in the pool without a parent or guardian.  It is meant to help students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy it safely.  Some skills include entry / exit, blowing bubbles, submerging.  It is possible for children to skip to a level 2 class after the level one/ parent class.

Child Only Classes

3. Level 1- This class is for those children who are ready to be in the pool without a parent or guardian.  It is meant to help students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy it safely.  Some skills include entry / exit, blowing bubbles, submerging.  This is a basic class. If your child is already comfortable in the water, it might be suggested that you register for Level 2. (Typically for children who are just getting used to being in the pool. Lessons will take place on the left side of the feature pool in water that is approximately 18inches deep. Child must be able to stay in water without parent.)

4. Level 2- In this class the student will focus on fundamental aquatic skills.  Emphasis will be placed on floating, both front and back with support, as well as submerging and retrieving an object under water.  General and personal water safety will be introduced.

5. Level 3- This class builds on the skills from Level 2 by teaching the student to float on his / her front and back without support.  The student will be introduced to jumping in from the side as well as head first entry to deep water.  Some basic strokes such as front crawl and back stroke will be introduced. General and personal water safety will be discussed.

6. Level 4- This class builds on the skills from Level 3 while adding to the front crawl and back stroke.  Breast stroke and butterfly will be introduced. To be in a Level 4 class the swimmer must be able to jump into the water from the side and swim front crawl for 15 yards, tread water or float for 30 seconds then swim elementary back stroke 15 yards.

7. Level 5- This class helps to develop confidence in the strokes previously learned and to improve other aquatics skills. To be in a Level 5 Class the swimmer must be able to enter deep water feet first, swim front crawl 25 yards, change direction and swim elementary back stroke for 25 yards.  The swimmer must also be able to swim the breast stroke for 15 yards.

These levels will be offered each session. Classes may cancel if minimum (3 students) 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 Paradise Cove Staff.
  • 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 PLUS TAX
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.

SWIM ATTIRE: The intent of enforcing a swim attire policy is to maintain a clean, safe and inviting environment for our patrons. Non-swimwear clothing can create problems with water clarity, disinfectant systems and water filtration. The more cotton-like clothing present in a pool, the cloudier the water can become, which makes it an unsafe environment for ALL swimmers using the facility.

  • All children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper and vinyl pants in the facility. Vinyl Swim pants and swim diapers will be available for purchase at the front desk or concession stand.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO METAL RIVETS ON SWIM SUITS IF RIDING SLIDES
  • Swim Suits and swim shorts will be the only attire approved for this pool.
  • Our establishment respects each patron’s need for modesty and religious compliance, but to be fair to ALL persons using the pool we must enforce swimwear attire consistently for all patrons. Shirts and/or shorts can be worn over swimsuits as long as they are made of a nylon or lycra material.
  • NON ACCEPTABLE SWIM ATTIRE:  T-shirts, bras, sports bras, sport shorts, basketball shorts, jerseys, cut off jeans or other cotton materials, shorts or cover-ups worn over swimwear that is not made of swim suit material, underwear or jock straps worn under swim suits or shorts, thong bikinis or suits that are deemed too revealing by pool staff for a family environment.

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. SEASON PASS ACCOUNTS WITH NO PICTURES ON FILE WILL BE PLACED ON HOLD AND WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO THE POOL
  4. 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 on the Season Pass Section of this website.

UNDERAGE CHILDREN

  1. When meeting another adult at Paradise Cove who will be supervising your child, that adult must come to the front desk and take the children into the facility. No one will be allowed to enter the facility with out paying an admission fee.
  2. 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 TAPING

  1. Video taping at the facility shall only be conducted with the express written consent of the City.
    Digital camera or other camera usage must be approved by authorized Paradise Cove Staff.

VIOLATIONS

  1. 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.

ADVENTURE FALLS COMBO PASS

  1. Adventure Falls Miniature Golf Passes will be offered individually online or in person and can be combined with a Pool Pass. The passes are for mini golf only, not valid for batting cages. Key tags can be used to check in at both locations. Check the website for hours of operation.

REFUNDS

  1. Refunds, coupons, or other non-monetary items will not be given due to any pool closures.
    We realize that this is an inconvenience for everyone, and we apologize for the situation.  However, the City of Richmond cannot prevent these situations.  These incidents occur in every public water facility.
  2. No refunds of any form will be given to Season Pass Holders after June 15.  If a refund is needed before this date, the season pass holder must complete a “request for refund form.” If granted, any usage of the facility, the cost of materials, plus a $5 processing fee will be deducted from the prorated refund.  Any and/or all requests for refunds will be at the sole discretion of the City, and all decisions will be final.

OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS

  1. All rules and regulations posted at Paradise Cove apply.
  2. All terms of use are subject to change.

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. Applications typically available: February-April.

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.