Carl Knox Natatorium

South Park Wading Pool

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department's Aquatics Division provides a safe and inviting environment that is accessible to the community.

Through responsible use of public and private dollars, we strive for the utmost professional staff that is dedicated to providing excellent customer service while maintaining the highest quality of aquatic programming and facilities available.

The division was awarded the 2004 National Excellence in Aquatic Award winner by the National Recreation and Park Association. It also received in 2004 the Best in Aquatics Award from Aquatics International magazine.

The Aquatics Division operates four family-oriented aquatic facilities within the Lawrence community:


Aquatic facilities follow strict guidelines involving lightning safety. Staff use lightning detection systems, visual identification and support from the National Weather Service in Topeka to maintain swimmer safety. When lightning is detected within 0-3 miles, ALL swimmers must exit the water and take shelter at all swim locations including the Indoor Aquatic Center and Carl Knox Natatorium. Safety prompts and instruction are given by the lifeguard staff.

Part-Time Employment

Looking for a part-time summer job? Become lifeguard or water safety/fitness instructor with LPRD!

Other Information

Each facility offers a unique aquatic experience, with something for everyone. Year-round programs such as Learn-to-Swim courses, aquatic fitness classes, aquatic training courses, special events, and general recreational and lap swimming provide educational, fun, diverse leisure opportunities for the whole family.

The Aquatics Division offices are located on the second floor of the Indoor Aquatic Center, at 4706 Overland Drive, and can be reached at (785) 832-SWIM (7946).