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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 weather months. A RecWell membership or facility rental is required to access the Outdoor Aquatic Center.

Spring Final Exam & Interim hours are located on the RecWell Alerts page

Outdoor Aquatic Center
Season Opening April 30
MON through FRI
12pm to 6pm
12pm to 6pm
12pm to 6pm
Outdoor Aquatic Center
Pool Deck
Facility Hours effective for summer session I
May 31 to July 10
Outdoor Aquatic Center Daily 12pm-6pm
Facilility MON through FRI SATURDAY SUNDAY
Outdoor Aquatic Center Closed for the season Closed for the season Closed for the season
Outdoor Aquatic Center (OAC) Pools The pool at the OAC will close for the season October 9
Outdoor Aquatic Center (OAC) Pool Deck The pool deck will remain open for relaxation until November 6

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.

Rules & Regulations

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 or 301-226-4404.  The Outdoor Aquatic Center closes for the season in early October and reopens in late April. 

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.

DOTS Parking Map

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.

Contact Us

Portrait of Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

Associate Director, Aquatics & Safety
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