Public Health Advisory

COVID-19 Operations for High/Orange Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center: Open – swim reservations needed. Dry fitness activities temporarily closed.
Larkspur Community Center: Open – reservation only. Senior social activities closed.
The Pavilion: Closed for ice season. Roller begins April 12.
The Art Station: Open – registration needed.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Recreation programs offered.
Childcare and virtual classes continue.

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Juniper Swim and Fitness Center is open.

Larkspur Community Center is open by appointment.

What you need to know before attending:

Swim Lessons and Programs

A modified schedule of many popular swim lessons and activities are currently available. See FAQs below for more information on swim lessons.

Facility, Swim and Fitness Updates:
Click the ‘Current Operations’ button to learn more about facility changes or to learn more about swim and fitness classes. .

Juniper facility hours:

Mon - Th: 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hours subject to change without notice.

Swim lessons are back, but might be a little different than before. Read below to learn more.

Bend Park & Recreation District offers a progressive skills-based program to help children succeed in becoming a better swimmer. Whether your child is just starting out to learn to swim or on their way to being a lifelong swimmer, we have a program for them.

Our swim lessons are age appropriate, skill appropriate, safe, small, professional and FUN!

Program Benefits:

  1. Learn and improve swimming skills.
  2. Develop trust and confidence in others.
  3. Learn to be safe in and around the water.
  4. Improve social skills and opportunities.
  5. Enhance self-esteem through positive encouragement and personal success.
  6. Develop positive life long recreational opportunities.
  7. Have fun!

About Swimming Lessons During COVID-19:

Due to health and safety restrictions, lessons will look different from the normal lesson program.

Here are some of the more significant changes to our Youth Swim Lesson program:

  • Swim lessons may require a parent or someone in your household 14 years or older accompany each student in the water for swim lessons as follows:
    • Parent Tot, Sea Stars and Journey 1 – 2 – parent/household member required in the water.
    • Journey 3-5, Level 1- 3 is taught with the instructor in the water using teaching aids to assist students.
    • Levels 4 – 6 students are in the water with the instructor teaching in the water and from the deck.
  • Instructors will be coaching from deck and wearing a face shield for safety. When you are in the water, you do not need to wear a face mask.
  • To help ensure a safe and healthy environment and comply with Oregon Health Authority guidelines, we will be conducting health screenings upon arrival.

Things to Know Before Attending Swim Lessons:

  1. Come ready to swim. Shower at home before arriving and wear swimwear under your clothes.
  2. Only deck showers are open for use prior to entering the pool.
  3. Locker rooms are not available except for bathroom use and hand washing.
  4. Changing rooms are available for emergency use only.
  5. Once your class is over, exit the facility promptly. Be prepared to leave without changing clothes.
  6. A face covering must be worn by ages 5 and older when inside the facility. A face covering is not required to be worn when swimming.
  7. You can line up 10 minutes prior to your class time, no earlier. If you arrive too early, wait outside the facility in your vehicle or enjoy our park.
  8. For lessons, entrance through the facility will be through the(I don’t know the name of the entrance) . One spectator per participant allowed on the pool deck.
  9. Registration covers entry for participant and 1 parent/caregiver per child. In-water support for the child can be a sibling 14 years of age or older.
  10. Each participant will have one designated space on deck to put their belongings on, while in class.
  11. We are not able to accommodate makeup lessons.
  12. Visitors entering the building exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted entrance.

All registration available online at BPRD registration website.

Swim Lessons & Programs

Descriptions for swim lessons are below.

Parent-Tot Program | Ages 6 - 36 Months

Parent-Tot Program

Developmentally appropriate classes provide a safe and fun introduction to the wonderful world of water.  Parents work directly with their child under instructor’s guidance. (35 minutes)

Guided Parent-Tot Play: (6 – 42 months)

Developmentally appropriate class provides a safe, encouraging and fun introduction to the wonderful world of water. Parents work directly with their child under instructor’s guidance.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Preschool Program | Ages 3 – 5

Progressive journey program for the preschoolers develops swimming skills in a creative environment with your child’s comfort, confidence and enjoyment at heart. (35 minutes)

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Journey.
  • All Journey 1-5  programs must have a parent/caregiver in the water with the swimmer.

Journey 1: Water adjustment, underwater exploration, floating on front by myself for 3-5 seconds, flutter kicking on tummy and back. Pre-requisite: ability to participate in a class environment.

Journey 2: Front and back floats 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds and front and back kicks for 5 seconds. Pre-requisite: float on front with face in the water for 3-5 seconds by myself.

Journey 3: Front streamline kick for 10 seconds, roll over from front to back, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds. Pre-requisite: Front and back floats 5 seconds , front and back glides for 5 seconds and front and back kicks for 5 seconds.

Journey 4: Arrow kick on front with straight legs for 20 feet, crawl stroke for 20 feet and kick on back with hands by side for 20 feet. Pre-requisite: Arrow kick on front for 10 seconds, back kick hands by side for 10 seconds and student comfortable swimming all skills in the big pool.

Journey 5: Front crawl with side breathing for 20 feet, back crawl stroke for 20 feet. Pre-requisite: front crawl for 20 feet, kick on back for 20 feet.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Youth Program | Ages 6+

This leveled program designed for school-age children will be fun and challenging. Highly structured classes will help increase confidence and develop new swimming skills. (40 minutes)

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Level.
  • Level 1-2 programs must have a parent/caregiver in the water with the swimmer.

 Level 1: Water adjustment, front and back floats for 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds, arrow kick for 5 seconds and back kick for 5 seconds. Pre-requisite: 6 years and older. Child must be comfortable in water depth for 3.5 feet.

Level 2: Streamline kicking on front for 10 seconds, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds, front crawl stroke for 10 seconds. Pre-requisite: front and back floats for 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds, arrow kick for 5 seconds and back kick for 5 seconds.

Level 3: Arrow kick on front for 45 feet, crawl stroke with side breathing for 45 feet, back stroke for 45 feet. Pre-requisite: Streamline kicking on front for 10 seconds, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds, front crawl stroke for 10 seconds.

Level 4: Crawl stroke with rhythmic side breathing, back crawl stroke for 25 meters with increased emphasis on proper technique. Elementary backstroke introduced. Pre-requisite: Comfortably swim crawl stroke with side breathing and back stroke 45 feet.

Level 5: Front crawl stroke with side breathing for 50 meters, back crawl stroke for 50 meters, breast stroke for 25 meters. Pre-requisite: front streamline kick for 25 meters, crawl stroke with side breathing for 25 meters, back crawl stroke for 25 meters, elementary back stroke for 25 meters.

Level 6: Front crawl stroke with alternate breathing for 75 meters, back stroke for 75 meters, breast stroke for 50 meters and butterfly for 25 meters.
Pre-requisite: Front crawl stroke with side breathing for 50 meters, back crawl stroke for 50 meters, breast stroke for 25 meters.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Novice Swim Team | Ages 8 - 15

Check current swim classes & programs for Novice Swim Team.

Have your kids graduated from Level 3 or higher and are looking for something new? Check out the Youth Novice Swim Team.

An introduction to competitive swimming with training designed to challenge and refine swimming skills. Participants must be able to swim 25 meters front crawl stroke with side breathing and 25 meters backstroke with level body position. We’ll teach the rest. Groups are divided by age and ability levels.

Youth Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons: 6+ months & up

Check current swim classes & programs for Private & Semi-private Swim Lessons.

Families can choose to have a swim lesson just for their own family/household.

Adult Program | Ages 16 & up

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Adult.

Level 1 Adult Swim Instruction: This class is designed for the adult swimmer with little to no experience in the water. We will help you conquer your fear of swimming by introducing basic swim skills and water safety. Majority of class is in shallow water.

Level 2 Adult Swim Instruction: Learn basic front crawl and back strokes in a comfortable environment designed for new swimmers. Appropriate for adults unable to swim 15 meters.

Level 3 Adult Swim Instruction: Class works on building confidence, stroke technique, and achieving the ability to swim full laps. Focus is on fitness through skill training, short distance repeats and individualized to meet your goals. Appropriate for adults who can swim 15-meters but not much more.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Not sure where to start? Take the guesswork out and contact our Aquatics Staff at:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor
Email Ann Story

When does registration begin?

Registration begins March 16 and is ongoing. You can see upcoming classes and ongoing classes on the registration site. You can reserve your classes online or by phone.

Need help? Customer service staff are available by phone at (541) 389-7665 during all operating hours to assist you with the reservation system or answering questions. If you can only pay with cash, please speak to customer service staff via phone for assistance.

What’s changed?

We have worked hard to create a responsible environment for teaching swim lessons with our employee and patron safety top of mind.  Journey 1-2 classes will be taught with a parent or guardian 14 years or older assisting the swim lesson participant in the water.

Where will the instructor be?

Instructors will lead lessons in the water with a face shield or from the pool deck with swim participants in pairs or small groups maintaining distancing from each other in the water.

Who qualifies as a parent/caregiver?

Anyone in the swimmer’s household age 14 or older can act as a swimmer’s caregiver. It is strongly preferred for the same person to provide in-water support for all lessons of the session.

Can other family and friends attend swim lessons as spectators?

To maintain capacity limits, only one spectator is permitted per swimmer.

Is there a place for personal belongings during swim lessons?

Each participant will have one designated space on deck for their belongings while in class.

Are face coverings required?

All visitors 5 years and older entering a BPRD facility must wear a face covering. The face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and must be worn at all times in all indoor spaces, including the covered 50-meter, Olympic pool area – except when swimming.

  • Face coverings are required when exercising indoors.
  • If a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face covering, let our staff know to consider an accommodation.
  • The Oregon Health Authority does not recommend wearing plastic face shields alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.
  • Clear face shields are strongly recommended for water exercise classes.
  • Please bring your own mask. A limited supply of disposable masks are available if you forget.

Face Covering Non-Compliance and Exclusions

Both your mouth and nose must be covered at all times except during swimming or water exercise (face shields are recommended during water exercise). If there is non-compliance, staff will provide a reminder, a warning and then exclusion for the day without a refund. This is for everyone’s health and safety. Thank you for wearing your face covering properly.

Learn more about OHA face covering requirements online: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-face-coverings

When should I arrive for swim lessons?

Please line up outside no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your class time. If you arrive earlier, please wait in your vehicle. You will be admitted into the building approximately 10 minutes before the start of your class.  The greeter will ask health screening questions.

What health screening questions will be asked?

Participants will be asked to acknowledge that no one in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. In addition, participants will be asked to acknowledge that no one in your household has recently been ill with any of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  •  Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What is being done to ensure cleanliness and sanitation?

Juniper has been deep cleaned and disinfected before reopening and a thorough cleaning is completed nightly. Restrooms are cleaned at least twice daily and staff are repeatedly disinfecting high touch points including between lap swim and water exercise groups. Pool chlorine levels are maintained slightly higher than normal as a precaution and chemical checks are conducted more frequently.  Juniper has automated chemical controllers and feed systems that measure and adjust chlorine and pH levels on an ongoing basis.

What is the cancellation/refunds policy?

If you do not plan to have your child attend swim lessons, please contact us immediately to cancel as we have other families on waiting lists.  We are not able to accommodate makeup lessons.

A full credit or refund will be granted if cancelled 7 or more days prior to the first of the session. Credits only will be provided if notified 3-6 days in advance. No credit or refunds will be issued when notified less than 3 days from the start of the program.  Fees are not refunded/prorated for missed days unless due to health reasons.

Are there any family swim lessons or adult swim lessons?

At this time, the small group swim lessons offered are for from infant to adults.  Family swim lessons will return this summer.

If I’m unable to register online how can I get help?

Customer service staff are available by phone at (541) 389-7665 during all operating hours to assist you with the reservation system or answering questions. If you can only pay with cash, please speak to customer service staff via phone for assistance.

Larkspur Community Center

Indoor Lifestyle Pool and Current Channel

The 4,000-square-foot pool features a 135,000-gallon recreation and leisure pool and hot tub. The high-quality Myrtha-brand pool has a soft-touch floor that’s great for water walking and shallow water exercise. The pool’s depth ranges from two-foot-six-inch to six-foot-three-inch to support both shallow and deep-water activities.

The pool also has a current channel with a hydro feature in its center, providing resistance for working out and a playful attraction for recreating. The current is a popular amenity for both young and older swimmers alike. A platform lift, pool lift and multiple stairs ensure easy water entry and exit.

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center

Indoor 25-meter Pool – Currently Closed until July
Perfect for swim lessons, water exercise, therapy and recreation swimming. Features comfortable 85-degree water, 3.5′- 12′ water depth and 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards.

Indoor Children’s Pool – Currently Closed until July
The Indoor Children’s pool is 90 degrees the pool depth is 2′ – 2’6″  with small slide, the main indoor pool is 3’6″ – 12′ and has water basketball as well as 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards.

Outdoor Activity Pool – Currently Closed until Spring
The outdoor activity pool offers warm 85-degree water with slides, tumble buckets and a splash pad the pool depth is 0″ – 3’6″.

Indoor/Outdoor 50-meter Pool
With 80-degree water temperature and a removable roof system, this pool is ideal for year-round training. Moveable bulkhead allows the pool to be divided into to 25-meter pools.