Rapid City, SD


I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Parkview does NOT have any slides for little kids, a major disappointment for my 46" son. There are two slides for swimmers 48" and up. The splashers and fountains are a little overwhelming. It's easy for hesitant kids to avoid them, but then there are no other attractions in the zero entry area. My kids quickly lose interest in swimming here, unfortunately. The zero entry area slopes gradually into deeper water, which makes it a little difficult to ensure adventurous kids don't get in over their heads. I found it difficult to supervise/entertain both of my kids simultaneously, as my oldest wanted to swim (with his life jacket) further from us, and the pool rules require kids ages 6 and under to be within arm's reach of a supervising adult at all times. The sand-and-water area (within the pool boundaries, but separated from the swimming area with a fence) is what makes Parkview unique! This is usually where my kids end up...which is fun for them but HOT for me as there is no shade structure in the sand area. The nearby playground is great for drying off after swimming. (Overall, I prefer the Horace Mann pool.)