Plainfield’s Ottawa Street Community Pool

Things to do in Plainfield this summer:

Tucked away, on the quiet street for which it is named, sits the often overlooked… Ottawa Street Community Pool. I don’t know what got me thinking about it this week, but a few of the kids and I took a drive over to the pool yesterday to get some info on the hours and prices.

Getting a pool pass this late in the season didn’t make a bit of sense since it’s already the middle of July, but that’s fine by us since the daily resident rate is so reasonable! It’s only $4 a person from 12:oo-4:30… and just $3 a person for a night swim from 7:00-8:30.  Swim all day Saturday or Sunday from 12:00-8:00 pm for just $4.00 a person! Seniors 55+ and older? You can swim for $2.00 during the day or on the weekends… or FREE  during evening hours!

We have lived here for 20 years now, and I have to admit, it’s been way too long since we’ve been back for a visit. When we were new to the area we came a few times, but for the last 2 years we have purchased pool passes for the private Springbank Aquatic center just a few minutes from our home, and in the years before, we had purchased passes for Joliet’s Splash Station.

We have a big family. There are 8 of us in all. Passes for us for anything have always been the way to go. Springbank is great, just too pricey for me for the amount of times the kids actually want to spend the day there, these days. And Joliet Splash Station is nice, but when the summer camp kids are there it gets WAY too crowded, and I have an anxiety attack the whole time worrying about my kids who can’t swim… or don’t swim very well!

In recent years, the “big kids”  have started doing their own things; and it’s strange transitioning from the mind-set of having to “supersize” everything in life, to remembering that my 6-pack is hardly ever all with me at the same time anymore. Lately, it’s just been me and 2 or 3 of the younger kiddos for our out-and-about adventures this summer. Today it was just me and my two youngest; Leo who just turned 9, and Eliza who is 6.

The high dive won the day with Leo! Eliza is trying so hard to learn how to swim.


I used to spend my days wishing for the big ones to learn how to do all of these things on their own, to these days; wishing the littles needed me just a little bit more. Clearly that’s not the case. Look at Leo’s jump off the high dive! He must have done it about 30 times today!!!



I’m such a fan of all of the things the Plainfield Park District has to offer, I just wish I had remembered this hidden gem in the community a lot sooner! If you’re looking for things to do in Plainfield this summer, I definitely recommend adding this to the top of the list! 

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Posted on July 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm
Julie Ferenzi | Category: Family Fun in Plainfield | Tagged ,