Melvin Ford Aquatic Center

Downtown Activity Center: 215 SW A Street Community Center: 1101 SW Citizens Circle
Hours vary by facility
Downtown Activity Center: 479-464-PARK (7275) Community Center: 479-696-0200
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The Melvin Ford Aquatic Center provides something for people of all ages, and swimming abilities.  For younger children, a 1 foot deep wading pool featuring a rain drop fountain is located on deck.  For the more adventurous the Aquatic Center has a diving well 13 feet in depth equipped with two,1 meter spring diving boards and one,12 foot tall water slide.  In addition, a competitive pool ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet deep .  This pool is open for lap and recreational swimming during designated times.

2000 NE Memorial Park Square

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center


2000 NE Memorial Park Square

Admission Fees (Entry to Melvin Ford Aquatic Center is included in your Bentonville Community Center membership):

Description Daily Admission
Adults $3.00
Under 18 $2.00

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Hours 

Rec Swim  
Monday-Friday 12:00pm-5:30pm
Wibit Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm*** 
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Lap Swim  
Monday-Thursday 5:30am-7:30pm
Friday 5:30am-7:00pm 
Saturday 7:00am-9:00am; 12:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm


*** Wibit Wednesday-What is a wibit you ask? It is an adventurous, inflatable, aquatic obstacle course. This course floats on the water and challenges you to stay on it, or see how fast you can complete the course! No age requirement, however you must be able to swim as no flotation devices are allowed. Daily admission rates apply. 


Melvin Ford will be closed on the following days in 2017

September 1st-3rd-Trifest

On these dates patrons have the option to utilize the Bentonville Community Center pools only for the Melvin Ford rate. 

For more information on swimming lesson session dates and times please visit our Swimming Lessons page

Master's Swim Program

The Summer Masters Swim Program will be coached by Erin Edminister on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-12pm at Melvin Ford Aquatic Center. Swimmers will be organized into three groups depending on ability level.
-Beginner workout will range around 1,300-1,800 yards.
-Intermediate workouts will range around 2,000-2,500 yards.
-Advanced workouts will range around 2,500-3,500 yards.

The program is perfect for triathletes looking to improve their swimming skills, ex-club, college, or high school swimmers, or just anyone looking to get in some great training that offers low body impact.
Erin Edminister (Dolan) is a professional triathlete who is currently racing for the US National team. She swam for Drury University in Springfield, MO from 2009-2012 where she served as team captain. She is a sixteen time Swimming All-American in the distance events and led the Panthers to three women's national team titles. Erin is a three time individual national champion in the distance freestyle events and was a member of two 800 free relay national titles. She met the converted qualifying US Olympic Trial time in the 800 meter freestyle in 2012. Erin is in her 4th season as a professional triathlete and continues to race all over the world representing Team USA on the ITU circuit. She specializes in working with triathletes, kids, and adults who are looking for stroke technique work.

When: June 5th-August 30th on Monday's & Wednesdays each week

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm at Melvin Ford Aquatic Center

Fee: $100 members/ $120 non-members 


For more information on our Youth Swim team, please click HERE

Wibit Wednesdays

What is a Wibit? A Wibit is a floating obstacle course that includes climbing, sliding and jumping from one end to another, while floating in the middle of the pool.

Private Pool Party Rentals

Your rental includes the main pool, mushroom pool, and driving well with slide and diving boards. May add Wibit inflatable for an extra $100. Please call for availablity.
Available Rental Schedule: June 2nd, 2017-August 13th, 2017*
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 7:00pm-9:00pm
*Some dates are not available due to prior scheduling and reserved on a first come, first serve basis 
# of Guests Price 
Up to 50 Guests $250* (3 Lifeguards)
51-100 guests $300* (4 Lifeguards)
100+ guests call for a quote
Wibit (additional fee) $100
Additional Lifeguards 

Additional fee may be applied 

Pool Party Rental Form



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