City of Saint Paul set to reopen Great River Water Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 2, 2020  
CONTACT: Clare Cloyd 

City of Saint Paul set to reopen Great River Water Park at Oxford Community Center with health guidelines in place; 24 hour advance reservations required 

Center to offer lap swim and water aerobics initially, with open swim and swimming lessons offered at a later date 

SAINT PAUL: The City of Saint Paul today announced Great River Water Park at Oxford Community Center is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Oct., 3 for lap swim and water aerobics. CDC and MN Department of Health guidelines will be in place and advance reservations will be required. 

Reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance by calling 651-642-0650 or online at  

 “We look forward to resuming services at our indoor aquatics facility,” said Mike Hahm, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director. “We take the current public health guidance seriously and will use this as an opportunity to understand how we can continue to be both safe and successful as we bring additional programs and services back online.”  

Guests will be required to follow all health guidelines, rules and procedures, including: 

  • Wearing cloth face coverings when not in the pool or on the deck. Cloth face coverings will NOT be allowed while in the water. 
  • Arriving no earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled reservation. 
  • Maintaining a 6-foot distance from those outside their household at all times, including locker rooms, the pool deck, and in the water. 
  • Showering prior to pool use.  

Some amenities, including the water slides, drinking fountains, diving board, sauna, and shared pool equipment are not available at this time. Additional information and guidelines are available at  

About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation 
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages over 170 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 26 city-operated recreation centers, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, municipal golf courses, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information on Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit