Aquatics Activities

Peter Kirk Pool photograph

The Peter Kirk Pool is the City of Kirkland's outdoor heated seasonal pool. Kirkland Parks and Community Services offers a wading pool for young swimmers.

Participants of all ages can take advantage of our classes and programs. These include swim lessons, lap swim, public swim, swim team, water safety courses, water exercise, and others. Classes and programs are available throughout the summer season.

We also have three swimming beaches at Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach, and Juanita Beach. For lifeguard hours and more information on our swimming beaches, please visit the Guarded Swim Beaches section below.  

Peter Kirk Pool Fees and Membership

Single Admission

$6

Good for admission of one person to one public swim time or lap swim.

10-Visit Pass

$54

Good for 10 public swim times or lap swim times
10-Visit cards can be reloaded throughout the season

Individual
Season Pass

$132

Good for unlimited public swim and lap swim admission for one person for the season

Family
Season Pass

$348

Good for unlimited public swim and lap swim admission for two named adults and their named dependent children and/or grandchildren ages 18 and under

All members must be listed under the same recreation system account

The Peter Kirk Pool accepts Cash, Check, and Visa or Mastercard

10-Visit, Individual, and Family Passes can be purchased online at KirklandParks.net or over the phone. If you wish to purchase a pass at the pool you must do so during a public or lap swim time.

Each entrant into Peter Kirk Pool must pay for admission. This includes all ages, regardless of whether or not they will be swimming or accessing the pool deck. This also includes all non-swimmers entering the pool facility.

The cashier window is not open during swim lessons or rentals. The Peter Kirk Pool cashier window opens 10 minutes before the first swim time. The cashier window closes 15 minutes before the end of the last public swim session ends.

Do you have a pass from last year? Passes bought last year have expired but you can reactivate your pass this year, and you can use the same card!

Are you looking to register for swim lessons, deep water exercise, pool rentals, or any other aquatics program? You will need to register for these programs online, over the phone (425-587-3336) or in person at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Please note: The Peter Kirk Pool does not process registrations for aquatic programs.

Peter Kirk Pool Public Swim Schedules

The Peter Kirk Pool 2023 Season

June 5, 2023 – September 4, 2023

Peter Kirk Pool Closures and Late Starts

  • Tuesday, July 4th - CLOSED ALL DAY
  • Friday, July 21st - Pool Closes at 3pm for Home Swim Meet
  • Friday, August 4th - Pool Closes at 3pm for Home Swim Meet
  • Sunday, August 6th - Public Swim will start at 3pm

Facility closures can happen: Unscheduled facility closures can occur with limited notice. Thunderstorms and other inclement weather can cause closures. If you are concerned about facility closures, please contact the pool hotline at 425-587-3335 or follow us on Facebook

Peter Kirk Pool Public Swim Schedule

During public swim times, both pools are available for use until capacity is met.

There is one lap lane open for lap swimmers and/or water exercise swimmers – the Lap Lane is first come first serve

The Peter Kirk Pool cashier window opens 10 minutes before the first swim time. The cashier window closes 15 minutes before the end of the last public swim session ends. 

Main Pool Area Occupancy MAX of 270 - Includes swimmers and non-swimmers

Wading Pool Area Occupancy MAX of 40 - permitted inside the gated wading pool area

Total Pool Occupancy MAX of 310 – Includes main & wading pool, locker rooms & pool decks

Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 22 | Public Swim Times

Monday – Friday

Saturday & Sunday

No Public
Swim Times

12:00pm-12:55pm

1:00pm-1:55pm

2:00pm-2:55pm

3:00pm-3:55pm

4:00pm-4:55pm

 

Friday, June 23 – Sunday, August 27 | Public Swim Times

Monday – Thursday

Friday - Sunday

12:00pm-12:55pm

1:00pm-1:55pm

2:00pm-2:55pm

3:00pm-3:55pm

12:00pm-12:55pm

1:00pm-1:55pm

2:00pm-2:55pm

3:00pm-3:55pm

4:00pm-4:55pm


Monday, August 28 – Monday, September 4 | Public Swim Times

Daily

12:00pm-12:55pm

1:00pm-1:55pm

2:00pm-2:55pm

3:00pm-3:55pm

4:00pm-4:55pm

Peter Kirk Pool Lap Swim Schedule

Peter Kirk Pool Lap Swim Schedule:  

There are varying number of lanes open for lap swim throughout the season. Please remember when Deep Water Exercise Class is in session, Lap Lanes are reduced to 3 available lanes. Lap Lanes are first come first serve. There is no Lap Swim on Sundays.

Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 22 | AM Lap Swim Times

Monday – Thursday

Friday

Saturday

AM Lap Swim – 6 Lanes Available

5:30am - 8:30am

5:30am - 8:30am

7:00am - 9:30am


Monday, August 28 – Monday, September 4 | Lap Swim Times

No Lap Swim Times

Peter Kirk Pool Rules

Peter Kirk Pool - Facility Rules

Facility Capacity: Total Occupancy is 310

  • Main Pool Area Occupancy (includes the deck and water): MAX of 270 - Includes swimmers and non-swimmers
  • Wading Pool Area Occupancy (includes the deck and water): MAX of 40 - permitted inside the gated wading pool area
  • Each entrant into Peter Kirk Pool must pay for admission. This includes all ages, regardless of whether or not they will be swimming or accessing the pool deck. This also includes all non-swimmers entering the pool facility.
  • All patrons must be in appropriate swim attire and take a cleansing shower before entering the water.
  • Running, rough play, or offensive behavior will not be permitted. The deck and locker-room are slippery when wet.
  • All children 10 years and under must be always accompanied by an adult
  • Children 6 and under must be always accompanied in the water by an adult
  • Adults must be 18 or older
  • Adults must be within arm’s reach of all non-swimmers
  • Maximum of 3 children (6 and under) per 1 adult in the water

2023 Deep Water Swim Test

  • All youth 12 and under must pass a Deep Water Swim Test prior to entering deep water
  • The Swimmer will jump into the deep end of the pool
  • They need to fully submerge their head under the water and return to the surface
  • The swimmer must then swim 1 length of the pool (25 yards) while showing:
    • Controlled breathing (side-breathing or pop-up-breathing)
    • Confident swimming while on their stomach using front crawl or breaststroke without using assistance of the wall.
    • The swimmer cannot swim underwater the entire length or use side-stroke or backstroke during the deep water swim test.
  • Once swimmers have passed the Deep Water Swim Test, they can collect their wristband from the lifeguard.
  • Passing Swim Test Swimmers information is recorded and kept for the season. When a swimmer comes to the pool they can receive their swim band at the guard office upon check-in.
  • Deep Water Swim Tests are at the discretion of the lifeguards. Swimmers may be asked to retake their Deep Water Swim Test at any time
  • Non-swimmers, under the age of 13 must stay in shallow water (chest deep) unless they are with a parent in water no deeper than the parent’s chests
  • Swimming is allowed in the diving well when the diving board is closed
  • Spitting or discharge of any bodily waste is prohibited in the pool
  • Patrons under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted in the facility
  • If you have a disease that can be transmitted by water or has been ill with diarrhea or vomiting within the last two weeks (14 days), pool use is prohibited. Persons with communicable diseases or open sores are not permitted to use the pool. Qualifying sores includes sores that ooze or have puss.
  • Glass is not permitted within the facility
  • Gum or gum chewing is not allowed within the facility
  • The upper deck and grass areas are the only permitted eating spaces within the facility
  • Snorkels and fins are only allowed during lap swimming. Swimmers should remove fins as they exit the pool. Walking on the deck in fins is not permitted
  • Appropriate swim attire is required at all times when using the pool
  • Fringe cut-offs, denim, and cotton garments are not permitted in the main and wading pool
  • Bathing suits must be family friendly, all thongs and revealing attire will not be permitted within the facility
  • Diapers must be changed in the designated changing areas in locker rooms. Infants and toddlers who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper and have a tight-fitting protective covering (Per State Health Code)
  • Disposable diapers are not permitted in the pool
  • Diving is prohibited in areas marked “No Diving” or water less than 9 feet deep
  • All jumps must be forward and feet first from the pool deck
  • Jumping off, diving off, or playing on diving blocks will not be permitted
  • Hanging or climbing on entrance rails and ladders will not be permitted
  • Kickboards
    • Kickboards are available during lap swimming, lessons, and swim team
    • Sitting, standing, or throwing kickboards is not permitted
    • Using kickboards on diving blocks will not be permitted  
  • Lifejackets
    • Lifejackets are available at any public swim. If a lifejacket is needed, please speak with any lifeguards on duty in the lifeguard office
    • Patrons using lifejackets must stay in shallow water (chest deep or less) or if they are with parent, stay where parent can stand (chest deep)
    • Lifejackets must be worn correctly
  • Water toys will be allowed at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty  

     

FLOTATION DEVICE RULES

  • Small personal floatation devices may be permitted at the lifeguard’s discretion. All large floatation devices are not permitted in the pool unless otherwise noted for special events.

DIVING BOARD RULES

  • Swimmers 13 and under must take the Deep Water Swim Test before entering deep end or diving well
  • One person at a time is allowed on the diving board
  • The fulcrum must be locked in the forward position
  • Pool staff may adjust the fulcrum from the side of the diving board not while standing on it
  • Divers must wait until the person in front of them has cleared the diving well before climbing the steps
  • Goggles/masks are not permitted to be worn off the diving board
  • One bounce per dive is allowed
  • Divers must jump straight from the front of the board
  • The following moves are not permitted on the diving board:
    • Cartwheels
    • Handstands
    • Running dives
    • Flipping
    • Jumping off of the board into someone’s arms
    • Sit dives
  • Running is not permitted on or near the diving board. Please walk!
  • The diving board can be closed at the lifeguard’s discretion at any time.

WADING POOL RULES

  • Wading Pool Area Occupancy: MAX of 40 - permitted inside the gated wading pool area (the deck and water)
  • The wading pool is for children 6 years and under and their parents
  • Adults must remain in the water and within arm’s reach of non-swimmers, in swim attire
  • All patrons entering the wading pool must enter feet first
  • All patrons entering the wading pool must take a cleansing shower before entering the wading pool
  • All patrons should avoid swallowing the pool water or allowing water into their mouth
  • Diapers must be changed in the designated changing areas in locker rooms. Infants and toddlers who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper and have a tight-fitting protective covering (Per State Health Code)
  • Disposable diapers will not be permitted in the pool

LOCKER ROOM RULES

  • Children 6 and under may not be left unattended in the locker rooms
  • Patrons 6 and older, must use the locker room that best matches their gender identity
  • Food or drink are not permitted in the locker room
  • The City of Kirkland is not responsible for items lost or stolen from the locker rooms
  • Unclaimed lost and found items are donated to charity one week after they are found

PRIVATE RENTALS

  • These may have a variety of different set-ups, maximums and ratios depending on the requests of the patrons renting the pool. During rental times the main and wading pool are closed to the public

LAP SWIM

  • AM Lap Swim and PM Lap Swim is open to those ages 13 and older. Swimmers ages 13-15 must have a parent or guardian present.
  • Lap Swim Maximum Capacity: 4 Swimmers per lane
  • All general pool and deck rules apply
  • All patrons must swim in a lane that matches their swimming speed
  • Use of kickboards, pull buoys, masks, fins, snorkels, and paddles is permitted
  • All patrons must swim laps. Individuals not swimming laps in the lap lanes (splashing, playing, etc.) may be asked to leave. If space allows, walking and/or exercising will be designated to its own lane
  • Circle Swimming (when there is more than 1 person in a lane):
    • Swim to the right of your lane at all times (counter-clockwise direction)
    • When passing another swimmer, pass to the person's left, down the middle of the lane at full speed. Once you have finished passing, swim to the right of the lane again
    • When being passed, slow down until the overtaking swimmer has completely passed you
    • If someone is at your heels, when you reach the wall pause to let that person pass
    • When swimming into the wall, keep to the right (not the middle or the left) so that if a person is passing you at the end of a lane, they will have space to turn
    • When standing at the wall of a lane, stand to the right (when facing the wall) whenever possible to allow space for incoming swimmers
  • Report all problems to guard on duty. Use common courtesy when swimming
  • If you are swimming faster than others in your lane, move to a faster lane
  • If you are swimming slower than others in your lane, move to a slower lane
  • When Deep Water Exercise Class is in session, Lap Lanes will be reduced to 3 lanes

Swim Lesson Information

Visit the Swim Lessons Class Information Page

SWIM LESSON INFORMATION

  • Lessons start promptly at registered start time. All students must be in appropriate swim attire and take a cleansing shower before entering the water.
  • Students must wait for their instructor to call them into the water.
  • Students must always stay with their instructor when in the pool.
  • Students may use the diving blocks while supervised.
  • Students must get out of the pool when the lesson ends. Instructor will make sure all students are out of the water before they leave the class area.
  • There are no make-up days for lessons. Lessons may be cancelled due to unexpected mechanical failure, thunder/lightning, excessive heat or smoke, or other unexpected facility closures.
  • If lessons are cancelled, two-visit pool passes will be issued out.
  • All Facility Rules apply. There is no public swimming during lessons unless otherwise specified.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Lesson Coordinator.

Deep Water Exercise Classes

Work at your own pace. Beginners to Advanced are welcome! Get a leaner, stronger body while having fun! Our professionally trained instructors will inspire you to move and burn calories, in a quick 60-minute muscle and core building in water workout.  Classes are available on Monday/Wednesday and Saturdays.

Visit KirklandParks.net for more information
about Deep Water Exercise Classes

Deep Water Exercise Grid

Kirkland Orca Swim Team and Craze Summer Swim League

Ages: 6-17
Season: June 26 – August 12
Practices: Monday – Thursday (mornings)

The City of Kirkland offers a recreational swim team that participates in the Craze Summer Swim League.  This league focuses on developing fundamental skills and instilling the value of a recreational activity that lasts a lifetime. 

My child is returning to the Orca Swim Team this year, when can I register my child? 
If your child swam on our swim team in 2022, they are eligible to return to Orca Swim Team. Returning Swimmer registration opens March 29 and closes May 19.  Register your child online at kirklandparks.net or by calling Loni Rotter at 425-587-3333. 

How can a new participant join the team? 
We host new participant tryouts on Saturday, June 10 at the Peter Kirk Pool.  Once passing the tryouts, names will be placed into a lottery, divided up by age group and gender. Names will be drawn, starting with the youngest age group, filling the available spaces on the team. 

Visit the Orca Swim Team page for more information

Kirkland AquaLeaders Program

AQUALEADERS

Develop lifeguard and swim instructor skills, while building leadership experience that can be applied to a variety of occupations. AquaLeaders receive training and instruction in facility rules, policies and procedures, water safety and swim lesson instruction. Completion of the program is a prerequisite to volunteer as a Junior Lifeguard and/or Swim Instructor Aide for the Kirkland  Aquatic Service Program, weekdays in July and August.

New AquaLeader Training Dates:

  • Tuesday, June 27, 9-11am
  • Wednesday, June 28, 9-11am
  • Thursday, June 29, 10am-2pm

Returning AquaLeader Training Dates:

  • Thursday, June 29, 10am-2pm

New AquaLeaders will need to attend all three training dates to be enrolled in the program. If you attended AquaLeader training in a previous year, you would only need to attend the returning training date. The first class will meet at the Peter Kirk Pool.

Visit KirklandParks.net for registration
information about AquaLeaders

Kirkland Kids Triathlon

Kirkland Kids Triathlon

Swim, Bike, and Run at Juanita Beach 
This non-competitive, non-timed event provides an excellent opportunity for youth to experience the sport of triathlon. Athletes participate in 50 yard swim/splash, ½ mile bike, ½ mile run.  Registration will close August 5. Day of event registration is not available. Wave one of the races will begin at 8:30am, the check-in and bike staging will start at 7:45am. All bikes must be staged by 8:30am.

Date: Friday, August 18, 2023
Time: 8:30am-11:00pm
Location: Juanita Beach
Ages: 3-12
Fee: Residents $35/ Non-Residents $42

Register at: kirklandparks.net or call 425-587-3336  Registration closes on August 5th.

Group of children at the 2022 Kids Triathlon

Kids biking at the 2022 Kids Triathlon

Children running as part of the Kids Triathlon

Guarded Swimming Beaches

Lifeguarded Swimming Beaches

Visit our Swimming Beaches page
for additional information

We have three guarded swimming beaches, Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach and Juanita Beach. All beaches have designated swim areas marked and all lifeguard offices offer a free lifejacket loaner program. All children 12 and under must pass an open water swim test before crossing the shallow water buoy line.

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM June 28 - September 4. All beaches will have beach rules and lifeguard on duty signs will be posted when lifeguards are on duty.

No Lifeguard On-Duty: If there is inclement weather, or the air temperature is under 65 degrees, lifeguards will not report to the beaches. 

Camps and Groups: Groups larger than 15 are encouraged to contact the City of Kirkland 48 hours in advance of an intended visit. Please call 425-587-3333. 

Lifeguard Olympics: This year's Lifeguard Olympics will be held on Sunday, August 6th at Houghton Beach. Please join us for the afternoon of training and competition. Beaches will open at 3pm due to this staff training.

Houghton Beach Park

5811 Lake Washington Boulevard

Houghton Beach Park

Houghton Beach Swimming Area has a long pier and a large dock with good shallow areas for children.

Waverly Beach Park

633 Waverly Way

 Waverly Beach Park

Waverly Beach has a swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped sunbathing dock. This area offers a shallow water swimming area for smaller children, and a deeper water swimming area.

Juanita Beach Park

9703 NE Juanita Drive

Juanita Beach Park

Juanita Beach has a designated swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped dock, with shallow beach and dock entry swimming areas.

Sprinkler Park

Sprinkler Park
Looking for a FUN, FREE way to cool off?

Join us this summer at Lee Johnson Field for our annual Sprinkler Park Thursdays! We offer a variety of sprinklers, suitable for all ages, set up for everyone to enjoy! This program is free for all ages and takes place on Thursdays during July and August at Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park.

When: Thursdays 11am-2pm from July 6, 2023 –  August 10, 2023.
Where: Lee Johnson Field (202 3rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98033)

Temperatures must be above 70 degrees for Sprinkler Parks to be open. Our Facebook page and our inclement weather hotline (425-587-3335) will be updated in the event that sprinkler park is cancelled for the day. Parking is available in the parking garage under the library. All children 10 and under must be supervised by an adult.  

Peter Kirk Pool Rental

 Peter Kirk Pool

Pool Rentals - Rent The Pool

2023 Details

Fees are based on hours of use and include set up and take down. Lifeguards, pool toys and party deck space included in rental. Rentals must be made at least 14 days in advance.  

Rental Guide(PDF, 938KB)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday - Evenings - 5:30-8:30PM
Sunday - Mornings - 10:00-11:30AM 

Rental Fees
 1.5 Hours 3 Hours
Under 150
Attendees
Over 150
Attendees
Under 150
Attendees 
Over 150
Attendees
  Both Pools  $360  $460 $575   $775
 Main Pool  $290  $390 $464  $664
 Wading Pool   $160 $256  -

Reservation Occupancy:

There is a maximum of 310 people in the facility which includes in-water and on-deck. The Main Pool has a maximum occupancy of 270. The Wading Pool has a maximum capacity of 40. The wading pool is designated for children 6 years of age and under and their guardian 18 years of age and older. Please register the number of members in your party while reserving time.

 

Rental Information:

  • All pool rules are in effect
  • Children 6 and under requires an adult to be in the water with them, at all times
  • Pool Floats are not allowed, only Coast Guard approved Lifejackets are permitted
  • Outside food and drink welcome (no venders allowed)
  • Glass is not permitted in the pool facility
  • The Peter Kirk Pool offers tables, chairs, deck space, lifeguards, and lifejackets

To reserve the pool please visit kirklandparks.net or call us at 425-587-3333. Full Payment due at the time of reservation.

Pool rental registration for 2023 has closed and will reopen for 2024 sometime in March.