George M. Silliman Community Activity Center & Family Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center is currently CLOSED until March 2018

Fall Recreation Swim Hours: September 1 - December 3, 2017

Friday: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Saturday: 12:30 - 6:30 PM

Sunday: 12:30 - 5:30 PM

Mini-Recreation Swim: Activity Pool ONLY

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 - 1:00 PM * Starting September 5 - November 30

* We are not responsible for hours listed on Non-City of Newark pages such as google search. Please verify all hours listed on other sites before making your trip!

Ollie's Poolside Cafe open on weekends only.


Recreation Swim Drop-In Fees:

Infant/Toddler (0-2) Includes Swim Diaper.................. $3.00
Youth (3-17)................................................................ $7.00
Adult (18-54)............................................................... $9.00
Senior (55+)................................................................ $7.00

* Anyone going inside the Water Park is required to pay the Drop-In Fee regardless if they are swimming or not. Those wishing to sit in the lobby and watch through the large glass windows will not be charged a fee. 



Aquatic Center Birthday Parties:

Looking to have your upcoming birthday party at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center? Check out our party page!                          

For Party Information and Packages CLICK HERE


Aquatic Center Group Reservations:

Looking at bringing a group of 20 or more people into the water park? With a two-week advanced reservation receive a discount on admission!

To inquire about a group reservation CLICK HERE


Aquatic Center Cabana:

Want a spot to call your own? That's Right! Silliman Family Aquatic Center is now offering cabanas! Reserve it before your next visit to the pool and enjoy a private reserved area on our pool deck.

Cabana rental information CLICK HERE


Safety First at the Newark Aquatic's Center

Drowning is Preventable

Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death of children of all ages. We at the City of Newark are concerned with your safety and that is why we are providing you with these simple resources to keep yourself and your family and friends safe in and around water. Please share them with everyone you know.

Drowning is Preventable

Help Prevent drowning flyer

Ayude a Prevenir Ahogados de Niñez

Silliman Family Aquatic Center Pool Features:

  • 45'x75' Activity Pool with zero depth entry and water play structure, includes 6 platforms, over 30 different water jets, 2 water guns, 2 slides and 3 overhead rope pulls.
  • 25 yard 4 Lane Lap Pool with depth of 42" at the end and 54" at the center
  • 245 foot Lazy River complete with inner tubes to ride on
  • 15 person warm-water spa; size 18' by 13' with depth of 42"
  • 2 Water Slides with the tower rising 20 feet above the pool deck; one slide is a full chute and 1 slide is a half chute, guest must know how to swim and  be at least 48" to ride
  • Men's and Women's locker rooms with showers, restrooms and baby changing stations as well as individual family changing rooms.
  • Other activities include (subject to additional fees)  swim lessons - - water exercise classes - - mini-recreation swim - - river walking  - -  pool safety presentations for the classroom - - lifeguard training - - junior lifeguard camps - - special events

Silliman Aquatic Center Pool Rules, Policies, Procedures

ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER MUST BE IN A SWIMSUIT.
THE ONLY CLOTHING ALLOWED IS A WHITE T-SHIRT OVER A SWIMSUIT!

Pool Rules:

  1. NO CHILDREN SHOULD EVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED.
  2. NO RUNNING!
  3. NO ALCOHOL allowed on the premises.
  4. An approved swim suit is required for all guests who enter the water!  No exceptions, the senior lifeguard will have final approval on swim attire.
  5. All non-swimmers and children who are wearing flotation devices must be accompanied by an adult in the water AT ALL TIMES.
  6. Babies or toddlers will not be allowed in the pool without the appropriate swim diapers.  NO DISPOSABLE DIAPERS, NOT DESIGNED FOR WATER APPLICATION, ARE ALLOWED IN THE POOL.
  7. Babies or toddlers will not be allowed in the pool without appropriate swim diapers.
  8. Birthday Parties must be held in a birthday room, no birthday parties, birthday cake, ice cream, gifts, balloons, etc are allowed without a birthday party room rental or group room rental.
  9. For all pool rules including the Lap Pool, Spa Usage, Lazy River & Spash Down Pool, Activity Pool, please view General Pool Rules.

User Entrance Policy:

  1. With the exception of the café area, an admission fee is required for everyone to enter the facility. Daily drop-in fees or multi-use passes are available. Visitors registered in courses or programs at the Center, birthday party guests, and rental participants are not required to pay an admission fee.
  2. All guests must check in at the front desk. Only registered course participants and paying facility users are allowed into the facility. Parents may escort children to program area and wait in the lobby area.
  3. All pass holders must present their pass card at the front desk to enter facility and keep their card with them at all times.
  4. All facility users will have their hand stamped while in the facility and may be checked periodically by staff or asked for a receipt, which should be retained at all times while in the facility.
  5. Children under 3rd grade must be supervised at all times while in the facility.
  6. Access may be limited or disallowed to anyone who misuses the facility, behaves inappropriately, or breaks any policy/rule.
  7. No private coaching/teaching or utilization of the facility is allowed for personal or business monetary gain. Those parties interested in offering a program or class should submit a proposal to staff.
  8. No food which is the same or similar to the food offered by the cafe is allowed into the facility. Coolers or similar items may be subject to inspection by staff. Exceptions will be granted for individuals with food allergies and only single serving portions will be allowed.
  9. Birthday cakes and/or decorations are allowed only in event rooms which have been rented or reserved in advance.
  10. No glass or alcohol is to be brought into the Center.
  11. Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Exceptions may be made for nursing mothers and individuals with special needs, and the elderly.

User age/grade Policy for drop-in use or pass usage

  • 0 Years - 2nd grade: Must be with an adult at all times in the pool/facility.
  • 3rd-5th grade: May be in the pool area/facility (wavier required) an adult 18+ must be on site at all times and can not leave the facility.
  • 6th - 17 years: May be in the pool area/facility without an adult.
  • Anyone wearing a lifejacket must have an adult 18+ at all times in the water!

Release of Liability: I understand that my (or my minor child’s/ward’s) participation in any City activity is voluntary. Further, I understand that participation can be a hazardous activity. I agree that neither I, my successors, assigns, nor anyone acting on my behalf will hold the City of Newark, its officers, agents, employees, or volunteers liable for any injury, accident, or illness arising out of my (my minor child’s/ward’s) voluntary participation. I hereby release the City of Newark, its officers, agents, employees, or volunteers from and against any and all claims, cost liabilities, expenses, or judgments, including attorney’s fees and court costs arising from my (my minor child’s/ward’s) participation in the program/activity or any illness/injury resulting there from, and hereby agree to any and all such claims, whether caused by negligence or otherwise. I further understand that the City of Newark is not responsible for Workers Compensation benefits as a result of any injury or illness due to my (my minor child’s/ward’s) voluntary participation in this activity. The City of Newark reserves the right to photograph/video facilities, activities, and program participants for potential use in advertising/marketing purposes such as but not limited to brochures and the City’s web page without participant compensation. All advertising/marketing items will remain the property of the City of Newark.