Suit Up! FREE Swimming All Summer at #RochMN Pools


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The Rochester MN City Council has voted to waive the price of admission at the two city-owned swimming pools during the summer of 2021: Silver Lake Pool and Soldiers Field Pool. This means Rochester families can enjoy FREE swimming all summer long!

We all remember well that pools were not open last year due to the pandemic.  The city council agreed that providing free admission to the pools this summer would be a way to celebrate returning to a summer full of activities.

The Rochester Swim Club Orcas will continue to manage the outdoor pools this summer. Pool rentals will also be available this summer.  See below for more information!

Weather-related information: “The pools close if the air temperature is below 70 degrees.  If the air temperature drops below 70 degrees at 5:00 p.m. and attendance is 10 paid admissions or less, the pool will close.  If the pool is not open by 3:00 p.m. due to weather conditions, it will not open that day. Updates will be posted on the Orcas Summer Pools Facebook Page.”


To make sure everyone enjoys FREE swimming this year, you MUST HAVE A RESERVATION for one of th sessions listed below. There will be 30 minutes between sessions where the pool and building are closed for sanitizing.  Session times and the websites to register are listed below.

Silver Lake Session Sign Ups:
Soldiers Field Session Sign-Ups: 
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Rochester Swim Club’s Outoor Pools page.
By registering for a session you agree to the following:

1.  There is a break everyday for 30 minute between sessions . The pool and pool house will be cleared and everyone will be asked to leave.  Patrons can reenter if they have a reservation for the next session.

2.  Children ages 13 & below cannot be at the pool unattended.

3.  Groups of more than 6 children with 1 adult will not be allowed.

4.  No rough play or fighting.

5.  Anyone in the pool or pool area without a reservation or outside of public hours is trespassing and law enforcement will be contacted.  Jumping the fence is considered trespassing.

6. No alcohol/tobacco/vapes/drugs on the premises.

7.  No profanity at any time.

8. Lifeguards/Management will give a warning to anyone for breaking a rule.  After that, a patron can be asked to leave.

Silver Lake Pool

Opening:  Approx. June 7th

Location: 840 7th Street NE, Rochester MN, 55906

Two sessions available, reservations are REQUIRED: 12 pm – 2:15pm, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Silver Lake Session Sign Ups:


Pool Closing Date: early August

From the City of Rochester MN website

“Pool Parties and Private Pool Rentals are also available at Silver Lake Pool.  Contact the Silver Lake Pool Manager for more information (507) 281-6180.”

Soldiers Field Pool

Opening: Approx. June 5th

Location: 244 Soldiers Field Drive SW, Rochester MN, 55902

Hours: every day from 12 PM – 8 PM

Three sessions available, reservations are REQUIRED: 12 pm – 2:15pm, 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm, 5:30 – 7:45 pm

Soldiers Field Session Sign-Ups: 


Pool Closing Date: late August

From the City of Rochester MN website

“For pool parties, the zero-depth pool at Soldiers Field may be reserved from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Sunday at a cost of $110.00 per hour.  The cost includes a lifeguard.  Contact the Soldiers Field pool manager to make reservations at (507) 281-6180.”

More Summer Water Fun!

For even MORE swimming fun, check out the Rochester MN Guide to Summer Swimming (updated with current information as it becomes available) and Beyond the Pool: Water we Doing Next.

Enjoy Your Summer of FREE Swimming!  BE SAFE!  

Check out this post for some water safety tips. 


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