Holding Park Aquatic Center
Delayed due to COVID-19, the opening of the Holding Park Aquatic Center will take place on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. HPAC will close for the season Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Open Swim times are scheduled in three-hour blocks, with one hour in between to allow staff to clean and sanitize the facility, including deck chairs, door handles, hand rails and other high-touch areas.
A maximum of 120 patrons will be allowed inside the facility during each session.
Patrons must register and pay for each session at least two hours in advance. Registration begins June 30, 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: No walk-ins will be allowed.
2020 Policies & Procedures
Community health and safety is the top priority for the Town of Wake Forest. Due to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the HPAC operating schedule is subject to change with limited notice. Town officials will continue to closely monitor updates and follow guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines have been implemented in protocols established by the Town to address potential exposure to the coronavirus and protect our community and staff.
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department wants HPAC patrons to be aware of the following policies and procedures in effect for the 2020 season:
No cash transactions will be allowed. All Open Swim patrons must pre-register and pay the user fee online in advance. This will ensure an accurate record of the number of users and assist with contact tracing efforts.
Refunds will only be provided if the pool is closed due to inclement weather with more than one hour of pool time remaining for the swim session. NOTE: refunds will be issued in the form of a credit to the card used for payment, and will be processed within 72 hours of any cancellation.
In accordance with Executive Order (EO) 147, all Holding Park Aquatic Center patrons will be required to wear a face mask or face covering, except when swimming or eating. Please be sure to wear a mask when on the pool deck, entering restrooms and interacting with others when you’re not in the water.
The HPAC point of entry will be marked to encourage social distancing.
Routes to access the pools and restrooms will be marked to allow for one-way traffic only.
Restroom sinks will be marked to encourage social distancing.
Lockers will not be available due to social distancing restrictions.
Pool passes/punch cards will not be offered to ensure compliance with attendance limitations.
Picnic tables will be spaced six feet apart.
The number of deck chairs will be reduced by 50 percent. Seating areas will be clearly marked to ensure proper spacing and appropriate social distancing. Patrons may bring their own chairs.
Markings will be in place to keep patrons a minimum of six feet apart while waiting to use the diving board, slides and concession stand.
- Concession Stand - No cash transactions allowed. Only credit/debit transactions for sales will be permitted. Also, only pre-packaged snack items and drinks will be available for purchase.
Parent-Toddler swim time will not be offered as part of the 2020 HPAC schedule.
No groups will be allowed (day camps, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA) unless the attendees are individually registered via RecDesk.
Special events and rentals will not be offered at the HPAC in 2020.
NCDHSS guidelines will be implemented and enforced by AquaTech Pool Management Group.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Officials say HPAC patrons can help stay healthy by practicing these health and safety guidelines:
Use hand sanitizer;
Maintain a social distance of six feet from others;
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze;
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Amenities & Features
Six-lane, 25-yard lap pool
Two water slides with plunge pool
Children's pool with water play
Open Swim Sessions*
*Please note: Due to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the HPAC schedule is subject to change with limited notice.
July 5-September 13: 1-4 pm; 5-8 pm
July 1-3, August 3-14
9 am-Noon; 1-4 pm; 5-8 pm
11 am-2 pm; 3-6 pm
August 17-September 11
July 4, August 8- September 12
9 am-Noon; 1-4 pm; 5-8 pm
July 11, 18, 25, August 1
1-4 pm; 5-8 pm
Swim Session Admission Fees
Wake Forest Residents
$1 for children ages 2 and under
$4 for children ages 3-13
$5 for ages 13-59
$4 for ages 60 and older
Non-Wake Forest Residents
$2 for children ages 2 and under
$6 for children ages 3-13
$7 for ages 13-59
$6 for ages 60 and older
The Holding Park Aquatic Center features an on-site concession stand offering a variety of Coca-Cola products, bottled water and pre-packaged snack items.
For the 2020 season, no cash transactions will be allowed. Only credit/debit transactions for sales will be permitted.
Also, only pre-packaged snack items and drinks will be available for purchase.
PLEASE NOTE: Outside food and beverages are not permitted.