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Rules & Expectations

Before Your Visit

  • Arrive ready to swim! All lockers and changing rooms are closed.
  • Pack a chair. Deck chairs are not provided.
  • Bring a water bottle. Touch-free water filling stations have been added.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.

2021 Adjustments

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, pool guests will continue to see a number of adjustments and precautions.

  • Following PHMDC Face Covering Emergency Order , masks are required inside the restrooms.
  • Limited showers are available.
  • Lockers are closed.
  • Changing rooms are closed.
  • Deck chairs are not provided.
  • Concessions are closed.
  • As always, no spitting.

Precautions and Recommendations

  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • Maintain 6' between you and anyone outside of your household.
  • Use hand-sanitizer after contact with common surfaces.

General Rules

  • Carry in food or beverages is not permitted, except water.
  • Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty. Obey lifeguard instructions at all times.
  • Respect all patrons and staff members. Any patron using derogative, racial or otherwise inappropriate language toward another patron or staff member will be removed from the facility.
  • Fighting and rough play are not allowed.
  • Diving is permitted in the diving well only.
  • Do not enter the pool area if you have an open cut or communicable disease.
  • Inflatables, such as inner tubes, water wings, swimsuits with built-in flotation are not allowed.
  • Lifejackets are allowed, in the shallow water only, if they are United States Coast Guard approved Type 1 or 2.
  • Lifejackets are not permitted in the deep water or on slides.
  • Children wearing a lifejacket must be supervised by a parent and within arms' reach.
  • Children under 7 must be actively supervised (watching your child at all times and able to provide immediate assistance) by a caregiver aged 16 or older.
  • Swim diapers are required for those who are not toilet trained.
  • Smoking and alcohol are not allowed.
  • Glass containers of any kind are not permitted.
  • The City of Madison is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Leave no trace and put litter in its place.

Pool Closing Policy

The pool will be closed under the following circumstances:

  • If the air temperature is below 69° at opening or low attendance.
  • If rain prevents the lifeguards from seeing the bottom of the pool.
  • If there has been rain, thunder or lightening for a period of one hour and the storm is projected to continue.
  • Mechanical breakdown.
  • The Goodman Pool cannot meet the state codes for the safety, maintenance and operation of pools and water attractions.
  • By Public Health Emergency Order.

Group Information

  • Call to confirm your group time with 608-264-9292.
  • Group staff/counselors will be required to watch your group of kids while at the Pool.
  • Please call 608-264-9292 if you will have to cancel your scheduled group time as soon as you know your will not be able to attend your time.
  • Goodman Park has a small picnic shelter, volleyball court, and basketball courts near the pool to share with others at the Park if needed other areas to go when done swimming.
  • Enjoy your time at the Goodman Pool!

Pool Terms & Definitions


ages 1-18
ages 19-61
ages 62 & over

Resident/Non-Resident: A Madison resident is one who has a Madison street address.

Family: Family is defined as persons living at the same address.

Examples include:

  • elderly parents living with the family/children, non-married couples
  • foster children
  • step children
  • foreign exchange students
  • families with joint placement arrangements

A day care provider working in someone's home will NOT be considered a member of the family. Applications for consideration of special circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Parks Division.