Photo of child sitting with their feet int the pool at the Indoor Aquatics Center

Located at 4706 Overland Drive, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Indoor Aquatic Center is a community-supported, $9 million family aquatic center. The Indoor Aquatic Center’s pools hold 850,000-gallons of water and feature a 10 lane, 50-meter competition pool with diving well and underwater classroom; a separate family pool with zero-depth entry, water slide and interactive children’s play features; meeting rooms; shower/locker rooms and a café-style concession area. This facility is also the home of the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division.

Both pools are heated and offer a high level of satisfaction all year around with the temperature of water set at 82° in the competition pool and 87° on the family side.

Locker rooms and all pools are fully accessible by both ramp entry and lift. Submersible wheelchairs are available.

Fall Hours

Starting September 5

Admission Information


Registration Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lap Swimming
Monday-Friday: 5:15 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

Waterslide and Diving Area
Monday-Friday: 6-7:45 p.m.
Saturday: 1-7:45 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5:45 p.m.

Warm Water Workouts
Monday – Friday:
Noon-4 p.m.

Zero Depth and Children’s Area
Monday-Friday 4-8 p.m.
Saturday: 1-8 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.


Water areas close 15 minutes before the building closes. Waterslides and Diving areas close 30 minutes before the building closes. Some areas of the facility may be reserved for swimming instruction and fitness classes in both the competition center and the family pool during the day. Scheduled competitive events may temporarily close the competition center.

Rental Information

Rentals for birthday parties and business meetings are available.

Birthday Party Packs (PDF)

Call (785) 832-SWIM (7946) for more information.

Safety Concerns

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.

Frequently Asked Questions