To comply with State guided capacity limitations and safe physical distancing as detailed in the 4MARYLAND campaign, RecWell members are required to use our new online reservation system for facility usage, pool access, and group fitness programs. Members without reservations will not be permitted into the facility for drop-in play.
Reservations become available 1-day in advance at 6am. To learn more and reserve: www.recwell.umd.edu/reservations
Outdoor Aquatic Center
Some of our policies and procedures have changed in alignment with state, local, and University guidelines. Certain activities, amenities, and facilities may be unavailable or available in a modified capacity. Please visit recwell.umd.edu/keepmoving for the most up-to-date information on our facilities.
Outdoor Aquatic Center
The Outdoor Aquatic Center, located on the west end of Eppley Recreation Center, is a vibrant and fun space for aquatic activities under the sun. From lap swimming to sand volleyball, or simply relaxing on the pool deck the OAC is a great place to be active during warm months.
- Lap swimming
- Outdoor Basketball
- Sand Volleyball
University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) rules and regulations are designed to promote a safe and pleasurable recreation experience for all. They are not intended to be exhaustive. University Recreation & Wellness reserves the right to prohibit behavior which, in the professional judgment of RecWell staff, may place either patrons or RecWell facilities at risk. All students, RecWell members, and guests are responsible for behaving in a safe and appropriate manner and complying with posted and published rules and regulations for facility use.
The Outdoor Aquatic Center (OAC) will open if the air temperature is forecasted to be 65 degrees or higher for the day. The Weather Channel will be used for determining forecast and temperature.
If the forecasted temperature fails to reach 65 degrees or drops below 65 degrees by 5pm, the OAC will close at 5pm.
Pools will close for 30 minutes and reopen 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. The pools and deck will be cleared. Patrons may remain in the locker rooms or vestibule of the OAC.
Pools will close for 30 minutes and reopen 30 minutes after last bolt of lightning. All staff and patrons should exit the deck and seek shelter in the OAC locker rooms or the ERC. Do not use the showers.
Pools will remain open as long as main drains are visible from lifeguard stand.
After hearing the tornado sirens, quickly evacuate to the ERC basement (by Equipment Issue). Patrons are strongly encouraged to go inside the ERC but are not required and may leave on their own recognizance.
Parking on campus is regulated by UMD’s Department of Transportation Services. Regulations vary based on time of year, time of day, type of parking permit, and special events/construction projects. We recommend viewing DOTS’ parking maps for current accommodations and restrictions.
- Lap swim area
- Instructional pool area
- Diving board
- Water slide
- Men’s and women’s locker rooms
- Splash pool with mushroom water fountain
- Outdoor basketball courts
- Picnic tables with umbrellas
- Sand Volleyball courts
Due to the nature of this space, availability for rentals is limited.
For more information about rentals for the Outdoor Aquatic Center, please contact the RecWell Facility Scheduling Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-226-4404. The Outdoor Aquatic Center closes for the season in early October and reopens in late April.