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Rules & Expectations

What to Know Before Your Visit

  • Deck chairs are back!
  • Lockers and changing rooms are open.
  • Bring a water bottle. Touch-free water filling stations are available.
  • Limited pre-packaged concessions are available. Cash, check, MasterCard or Visa are accepted.
  • Food & beverage is allowed in the cabana area only, except water.
  • Swim diapers are required for those who are not toilet trained.
  • EMERGENCY ACCESS: The circular drive and fire lane at the south parking lot are closed to all motor vehicles to allow for emergency access. No stopping, standing or idling vehicles is allowed and violators may be subject to a citation.
  • All swimmers age 12 years and younger will be required to pass a swim test to use the diving board or swim in the deep end of the lap pool. See Swim Test for more information.

Precautions and Recommendations

  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • Masks are optional.

General Rules

  • Respect all guests and staff members.
  • Any patron using derogative, racial or otherwise inappropriate language toward another guest or staff member will be asked to leave the pool grounds.
  • Fighting and rough play are not allowed and you will be asked to leave the pool grounds.
  • Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty. Obey lifeguard instructions at all times.
  • Food & beverage is allowed in the cabana area only, except water.
  • 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.
  • Children under 7 must be actively supervised and watched by a caregiver aged 16 or older.
  • Swim diapers are required for those who are not toilet trained.
  • No smoking, vaping or any other electronic smoking devices or alcohol is permitted. You will be asked to leave the pool grounds.
  • Spitting is 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.
  • Patrons arriving by car: parking is allowed in marked stalls only. No stopping, standing or idling in the circle drive or fire lane in the south parking lot.

Lifejacket Rules

  • Only United States Coast Guard approved lifejackets are allowed.
  • A limited supply of lifejackets are available for use while at the pool.
  • Lifejackets are not permitted in the deep water or on slides.
  • Children wearing a lifejacket must be supervised by a parent/guardian and within arm's reach.

Management reserves the right to review, change, and establish rules when deemed necessary.

Swim Test *New*

Any swimmer aged 12 years or younger, who would like to use the diving board or swim in the deep end of the lap pool, must complete a swim test first. Aquatics staff reserves the right to ask anyone perform a swim test regardless of age.

The swim test requires a patron, under their own power, to start at the shallow end of the lap pool and swim to the deep end, then tread water in the deep end for one (1) minute and exit the pool from the deep end. Swim tests are conducted in groups of five (5) at the beginning of open swim each day and at the end of each safety break. If there are more than five (5) swimmers or a swimmer who needs additional practice, then an in-water lifeguard will conduct the test.

Patrons who pass the swim test will be added to the season's Dive & Deep End List and provided a one-time wristband. The swim test needs to be completed only once per season. Swimmers returning another day to the pool, will be required to check with a head guard or aquatic supervisor to receive a new wristband.

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.

Camp Group Information

  • To reserve a group time, call 608-266-4195.
  • Camp staff and counselors are required to watch your group for the duration of your visit.
  • To cancel or reschedule, call 608-264-9292 .
  • Goodman Park has picnic tables, shade, a volleyball court, and basketball courts.

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:

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.