General Park Rules and Policies

  • Swim Suits Required. Health Department regulations stipulate that patrons must wear swimsuits in public swimming pools. Swimsuits are made of nylon, lycra or a combination of these fabrics and have a LINER! Patrons are not allowed to swim in underwear, cut-off shorts, basketball shorts, sweat pants, street clothes, shoes or diapers etc. All guests ages 2 and under are required to wear a swim diaper with a swimsuit over the swim diaper. White T-shirts may be worn while swimming for medical reasons. Please keep this in mind as you are preparing to visit the pool. Patrons without proper swimwear will not be allowed into the water. Swim Diapers and select swimwear may be purchased at the admissions office during all operating hours. Refunds will not be issued to guests who do not have proper swim wear.
  • Obey lifeguards at all times. Lifeguards are responsible for enforcing safety rules and responding to emergencies. Parents or guardians are required to supervise their children.
  • No Outside food or drink may be brought into the park. Lunchbox sized coolers with sealed water bottles and baby formula are permitted in the park. Please be prepared to have your bag/cooler searched upon arrival into the park. Guests may enjoy their packed lunch outside of the park.
  • Only U.S Coast Guard Seal approved life jackets will be allowed in the park.
  • Inflatable personal flotation devices are not allowed in the park.
  • Pool toys, sand toys, flotation devices, and beach balls are not allowed in the park.
  • Fins/Flippers are not allowed.
  • Splash Valley is a smoke free park. Guests may smoke outside the blue lines outside of the park.
  • Guests under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult age 16 or over and be within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Guests must be at least 48” to ride the waterslides. Guests will be measured and wrist banded at the admissions office if permitted to ride the water slides.
  • Guests must be at least 42” to ride the lazy river.
  • Weather Policy: During inclement weather, pools and attractions may close. For the safety of our guests, everyone must exit all pools and attractions and proceed to the locker rooms until management deems safe reentry. All guests less than 16 years of age are required to seek shelter in the locker rooms until conditions become safe or adult transportation arrives. Anyone over 16 may exit the park. In the event that the park closes due to inclement weather, “Rain Checks” will be given to patrons and will be valid for the remainder of the season. No refunds will be given.
  • All patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner at all times. When a person's safety is jeopardized, staff has the right to take disciplinary action.
  • Profane or offensive language is strictly prohibited.
  • Squirt guns, sharp plastic toys, balls, dive sticks are not allowed in the Aquatic Park.
  • Lifeguards reserve the right to request any person take a swim test before entering the pool.
  • Running, boisterous/rough play, and chicken fighting is not allowed
  • Hanging on lane lines is prohibited.
  • Eating, drinking and gum chewing is only allowed in the concessions area.
  • Glass and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Aquatic Park.
  • Individuals who are prone to seizures should notify the Manager each visit. If possible any patron who needs immediate first aid assistance should notify the nearest lifeguard.
  • The public address system is for official use only. Absolutely no paging.
  • The Kankakee Valley Park District is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • The Kankakee Valley Park District reserves the right to revoke season pool passes or suspend daily admission of individuals for violation of facility rules.
  • The Kankakee Valley Park District reserves the right to reduce pool operations or close the pool due to inclement weather or low attendance.
  • The Kankakee Valley Park District reserves the right to amend these rules or create new ones as necessary.

Lazy River Rules:

  • Guests must be at least 42” to ride the lazy river.
  • Children 3 years of age or under are not permitted to ride.
  • Children 41 inches or under in height must be accompanied by an adult 16 years of age or older at all times.
  • Guests must enter and exit the attraction at the stairs provided.
  • Guests must remain in or on the inner tubes at all times.
  • Standing, kneeling, diving or jumping on or from the tube is strictly prohibited.
  • Swimming in the lazy river is not allowed.
  • Metal objects, including keys, rings that are not wedding rings, earrings that hang, piercings that hang, glasses and goggles, are not allowed while using the lazy river. If a lifeguard asks you to take off any type of jewelry, you must bring them back to your seat before you can float on the river.

Tube, Body and Speed Slide Rules:

  • Patrons must be at least 48 inches tall to use the water slides.
  • Patrons must be less than 300 pounds.
  • Hard plastic or metal hair clips and beads will not be permitted down any of the slides.
  • Patrons must be swim one width of the plunge pool, any stroke, without stopping.
  • The lifeguard may ask any individual take a swim test before using the slide.
  • Wait for the lifeguard to signal before going down the slide.
  • Exit the pool immediately after the ride.
  • Enter and exit the slide feet first and on your back.
  • Stopping and standing on the slide is prohibited.
  • Prescription glasses and goggles with strap are allowed prior to Managers approval.
  • Yarn or string bracelets and anklets are not allowed.
  • Participants will not be allowed to wear anything around their neck.
  • Aqua – Shoes or Aqua – Socks are allowed.
  • Tandem or chain riding is not allowed.
  • Pregnant women are not permitted on the water slide for their personal safety.

Pool and Play Station Rules:

  • Children 3 years of age or under are not permitted to ride.
  • No running on or around the water play unit.
  • No climbing on pipes or handrails.
  • Children should slide feet first in a sitting or lying down position on slides.
  • One child at a time on slide.
  • Children should not crawl up the slide or tunnel.
  • Children under 8 years must be accompanied by parent at all times.
  • No diving.
  • Deck furniture must be behind the brick line.

Sand Volleyball Area:

  • Please wash all sand off before exiting area.
  • No throwing sand.
  • No hanging on the net.
  • Profane or offensive language is strictly prohibited.
  • All patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner at all times. When a person's safety is jeopardized, staff has the right to take disciplinary action.
  • Eating, drinking and gum chewing are only allowed in the concessions area.
  • No sand castles or digging of holes.

Sand Play Area:

  • Please wash all sand off before exiting area.
  • Profane or offensive language is strictly prohibited.
  • No rough housing, running or boisterous play.
  • All patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner at all times. When a person's safety is jeopardized, staff has the right to take disciplinary action.
  • Eating, drinking and gum chewing are only allowed in the concessions area.

Sun Turf Area:

  • Profane or offensive language is strictly prohibited.
  • All patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner at all times. When a person’s safety is jeopardized, staff has the right to take disciplinary action.
  • Running, boisterous play, and rough housing is prohibited.
  • All chairs must be kept at least 6 feet away from the water at all times.

Park Closings

Public Swimming Closing Guidelines:

Opening status is evaluated twice per day when weather is questionable. Once at 9:45am to make a decision if we will open at 10:30am. If we decide not to open at 10:30am, we will re-evaluate the weather at 2:00pm in an effort to open at 4:00pm. A recording at (815) 939-1311 will be updated if the opening status of the Aquatic Park changes.

Splash Valley Aquatic Park may not open if:

  • Current and forecast temperatures for Kankakee is below 70 degrees
  • Moderate to heavy rain
  • Visible Lightning or Thunder

Splash Valley Aquatic Park may close when 2 or more of these conditions exist:

  • Current Temperature (at the pool) is below 70 degrees
  • Moderate to Heavy Rain
  • Low Attendance (When attendance at the pool is 50 patrons or fewer for 1 hour)
  • Visible Lightning or Thunder (This alone will result in temporary closure until conditions improve)

The Castaway Café may close if:

  • The Aquatic Park is closed
  • Low Attendance (When attendance at the pool is 100 patrons or fewer for 30 minutes)

Please note: In lieu of closing the entire facility, parts of the facility may be closed based on current usage level in those areas. We will make every attempt to keep at least some part of the pool available.

Rain Check Policy:

Swimming is prohibited at outdoor swimming pools when thunder is heard or lightning is seen. The facility will close for a 30 minute period after the last lightning or thunder is detected. If a rain date is declared, rain checks will be issued. All patrons must present a receipt in order to receive a rain check. Rain checks will only be given to those present at the time of closing and will expire the last day of the season in which they are issued. NO cash refunds will be issued.