Melvin Ford Aquatic Center
|401 NE Martin Luther King Jr Parkway
9 softball / baseball fields
11 soccer fields
12 tennis courts (lighted)
2 basketball courts
4 volleyball courts
1 Olympic size pool
1 mile fitness trail
Connects to city trail system
1 picnic pavilion (covered)
7 picnic sites (non-covered)
1 Skate Park
diving pool, and a wading pool
featuring a rain drip fountain.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Weekends & Holidays (Labor Day): Noon - 7:00PMAdult Lap Swim: Monday & Wednesdays: 5:00-700PM (8/19-8/28)
2013 Admission Fees:(Cash or Check only)
|16 & Under
|Family (up to
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Season Pass Form
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
8:00 PM @ Melvin Ford
Private Party Reservations: Party reservations may be booked for Friday, Saturday, &
Sunday dates only, 7:00PM - 9:00PM.To request a private party reservation you may download a "Pool
Rental Form" to complete and submit with payment to the Downtown
Activity Center (215 SW A). A minimum deposit of half the rental fee will
be accepted upon request while the remaining balance would be due the evening of your party. Reservations will not be confirmed without payment.
|Rental Fee(2 hr session)
|Up to 50 Guests
||$150 (2 Lifeguards)
||$200 (3 Lifeguards)
||$250 (4 Lifeguards)
- Available dates currently appearing on the reservation calendar may or may not be available
at time of request. Reservations are made on a first come, first serve
basis.A revised calendar will be posted by 3PM daily, Mon.-Fri.
||Below is a breakdown of the Melvin Ford Aquatic
Center's 2013 swim lesson schedule.
Please note that all swim lesson sessions are based upon participation and
subject to change.
credit card transaction feewill apply at check out.
- A. Parent/Child Swimming Lessons (6 months - 3 years)- $70 per
Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water
entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more. Once children can perform the basic skills
without parental assistance, they may begin Learn-to-Swim courses.
- B. Preschool Swimming Lessons (Ages 4-5) - $70 per session
Preschool Swimming Lessons offer children an orientation to the aquatic environment and help them to acquire basic levels of
aquatic skills. Children will progress from skills with full support to the final stage where they can float independently for 5
seconds, roll to their back, & float for 5 seconds, then return to a vertical position. Children in the final stage will be able
to swim using combined arm & leg actions for 5 body lengths, roll to their back, float for 15 seconds, and then roll to their front
& continue swimming for 5 body lengths.
- C. Learn-to-Swim Lessons (Ages 6 & up)- $70 per session
Progression through each of the levels in the
Learn-to-Swim Lessons is based on individual skill development & mastery. Successful completion of all skills is necessary f
or advancement to the next
- Level 1
Introduction to Water Skills: helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
Students will work to gain confidence & submerge their face in the water. They’ll also practice assisted floating & kicking.
- Level 2
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: gives students success with fundamental skills. This level places emphasis on unassisted floating
and swimming on the front and back.
Participants should be able to bob three times to chin level, enter and exit the water safely without
assistance, be comfortable placing the face underwater, and be able to float on front and back for at least 3 seconds with
- Level 3
Stroke Development: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Students will work to further
coordinate front crawl and elementary back strokes. They will also be introduced to diving, treading water, scissors kick,
and the butterfly kick.
Unassisted transition to front and back float for five seconds, unassisted push off and swim for 5 body lengths, roll to back,
float for 15 seconds, and then swim 5 more body lengths using a combination of leg and arm action on front.
Swimming Lessons are held at the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center
- Private Lessons - $80 per session
For up to date
cancellations/facility closings during inclement weather, please be sure to
check the status of the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center on the
Parks & Recreation Home Page, located in the
"Field Status" table at the bottom of the page. To become instantly notified, via email or
text, when a field/facility status has changed you may
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receive status updates.
How to Register:
Drop off registration form and payment to:Downtown Activity Center
215 SW "A" StreetBentonville, AR 72712
card, cash, check, or money order)