Pool Rentals

(Updated 8/31/23) We will restart birthday party rentals this Fall starting on September 16. People that are already on the birthday party rental waitlist will be contacted. If there are any openings, we will contact new participants to the list. See below for more information on the list. For future updates on rentals and birthday parties, please sign up to receive updates. Click here to sign up for email notifications.



The Mount Rainier Pool is proud to offer rentals starting in May 2023 (dependent on staffing availability). The District will announce rental seasonally but is willing to book larger events (swim meets and corporate trainings) ahead of schedule. In Winter 2024, we estimate having enough staff to drop the contact list. More information for 2024 will come out later this year. We look forward to hosting your next event. Please be aware of the seasonal booking dates below and understand there are limited spots available.

All availability is based upon staffing levels that have been affected by the pandemic, minor work regulations and the academics/extracurricular activities of our staff, which mostly consists of high school students. Below is a table with seasonal registration availability. Our goal is to fit private rentals in around community programming to maximize our value to the residents we serve.



For more detailed information, read below and if you have questions, please contact our front desk at (206) 824-4722 or FrontDesk@MtRainierPool.com .


The Mount Rainier Pool is available for rentals for trainings, parties, and other activities*. As of August 31, 2023, it is available for October-December:

  • Monday – Friday, 1-3pm: Water Safety Trainings
  • Saturday, 2-2:50pm or 3-3:50pm (Water Walk included): Parties and Groups
    • Lobby is available for rental from 2:50-3:40pm for 3:50-4:40pm after your swim.
  • Sunday, Entire day: Swim Meets and Rent of Entire Pool (Call for details).
  • Other: Other times may be available to rent a portion of the pool during public hours, as long as it does not affect community programming. **

*The Mount Rainier Pool can host a variety of activities including but not limited to physical therapy, swim and dive teams, scuba diving, merit badge programming, airline safety training, law enforcement safety training, fire rescue training and other activities. Any and all activities must not affect community programming, not risk damage to the facility and not violate our Policy 312 Commercial use of facilities. Also please check out Policy 315 Facility Rentals.

**The District is dedicated to community programming including but not limited to swim lessons, community swim teams, lap swimming, water exercise (group and independent) and family swimming. All private usage of the pool will be added when community programming is met, and minor work regulations and adequate supervision availability can be met.


Due to limited availability of dates, birthday party dates will be taken on the following dates. All reservations are first-come, first-serve. If you have a long-term rental or large event (100+/swim meet), please call us about dates outside of the schedule below.

Fall Dates Available

  • Below are dates available.
    September 16, 23 & 30
  • October 10 & 28* (Note October 28-special time availability 3:15-4:05pm)
  • November 11
  • December 9

Fall Reservation Dates

  • Residents** – Monday, September 11 – 4pm
  • Non-Residents – Wednesday, September 13 – 4pm

*Winter 2023 dates will be announced at a later date when community programming has been established. Rental fees may change.

**Residents of Des Moines and Normandy Park.


The Mount Rainier Pool has an occupancy of 93 (in the water) that is set by the Fire Marshall. The District also has a minimum general rule of one lifeguard for every 25 swimmers, but this rule may be adapted due to skill level of the swimmers, and equipment with blind spots like the Wibit Obstacle Course. Staff is responsible to ensure these standards are met. Most of these rentals have staffing built in, but additional staffing may need to be charged to ensure the safety of all participants. Lifeguards are constantly on duty during the rental ensuring everyone’s safety and all pool rules are given before the rental starts.


The following equipment is available for rentals and is dependent upon what area of the pool (Deep or Shallow End).

  • Every rental has noodles, a diving board, and lifejackets upon request. (Note-Staff can assist in properly fitting lifejackets.)
  • Parties can also rent the following (when available):
  • Water Walk – The water walk allows users to see how far they can walk on water. It is setup in the Deep End of the pool. (Included at no additional fees in Fall 2023)
  • Diving Boards – Only available for rental of entire pool or deep end only.
  • Basketball Hoop – There is one basketball hoop in the shallow end. Group must rent shallow end of pool.
  • Wibit Obstacle Course – Not currently available.
  • Scoreboard, Timing Pads and Scoring System – Not available for rentals outside of pool. Only for use for Mount Rainier Pool swim meets.
  • Other:
    • Banned equipment – The following equipment is not allowed including water wings, mermaid tails, and other equipment that can put a swimmer at risk.
    • Outside Equipment – Any outside equipment must first be approved by pool staff including life jackets.


  • Besides the pool, the lobby can be rented during non-community programming hours. It is usually available after swims for 30-minutes (by rental only) and contains chairs and tables for up to 25 people.
  • For larger events, the lobby can be rented the entire time. Please see rates below.
  • The lobby is only available for rental after swimming.


Please be aware of the following rules that affect your rental:

  • All children 3 and under must have an adult within arm’s length at all times.
  • All children under the age of 7 and any children wearing lifejackets regardless of age are required to have an adult 18 years or older in the water with them.
  • There is a maximum of 2 children (7 and under) per adult and one adult per rental (ages 8 and older) at any time. For the safety of all, there will be no exceptions to this rule.
  • Any flotation devices brought in must be Cost Guard approved and accepted by our lifeguards.
  • Any children wanting to go in the deep end or off of the diving board will need to pass our swim test without the aid of any flotation devices must complete a swim evaluation (see below). This includes all users of the Wibit Obstacle Course, Water Walk and Diving Boards.
  • Lobby space will only be available after rental times. This is to help reduce the
  • Click here to see the full list of Mount Rainier Pool rules that also apply to private rentals.


Rentals can be for parties/groups, lanes, and the entire facility.


Rentals fees for parties/groups are based on number of swimmers and overall safety for your group. Lower swims (0-25) must select a half (Shallow or Deep End). Parties can pay for the next level up to have a lifeguard in each end of the pool. All times include 15-minutes* to use showers/cleanup before leaving facility. Below is a breakdown of the fees.

# of People Resident Rate* Non-resident Rate*
1 to 25 $90.00 $115.00
26 to 60 $120.00 $155.00
61 to 90 $150.00 $190.00
91-120(Pool capacity is 93.) $180.00 $225.00
Lobby $45.00 $55.00

*Additional fees may be added to groups that cause extra staffing fees by staying past their rented times.

Additional lifeguards may be required for safety. This will be determined before booking your event.

Per Additional Lifeguard Resident Rate* Non-resident Rate*
Per hour $20.00 $25.00


Lanes can be booked during and after public hours. Lanes during public hours will be rented if they do not affect community programming. Lanes are usually booked for swim and dive teams and fitness/trainings for first responders.

Resident Rate* Non-resident Rate*
Per lane $15.00 $16.50

The Mount Rainier Pool also can be rented on Sundays for swim meets. The facility can also be setup for swim pads, timing equipment and the scoreboard. Additional fees apply.


The District allows free monthly usage by Des Moines Elementary schools as outreach to expose children to aquatics and water safety. PTSA swims run between October and May of each school year. Click here for more information.


The District cannot list all swimming options, but also hosts scuba diving, physical therapy, and other opportunities. Please contact us to discuss these opportunities.


For more detailed information, read below and if you have questions, please contact our Front Desk at (206) 824-4722 or FrontDesk@MtRainierPool.com.

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