Melvin Ford Aquatic Center


Welcome to the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center!

Our 2020 season has ended

The Melvin Ford Aquatic Center provides something for people of all ages, and swimming abilities. The 50-meter competition pool ranges from 3-8 feet deep and is great for recreational and lap swimming. For younger children, a one foot deep wading pool featuring a rain drop fountain is located on deck. For the more adventurous the Aquatic Center has a diving well 13 feet in depth equipped with two, one meter spring diving boards. 

Open Swim

Friday - Sunday from 12:00-3:00pm.  

Please remember we will not be allowing outside flotation devices in, only coast guard approved flotation devices are allowed at this time.

Lap Swim Sessions

Starting July 27th we will no longer be taking reservations for lap swim.  We will still be running 2 people per lap lane and a capacity of 16 people at a time.

We will be offering multiple sessions per day with a break in-between sessions for additional deep cleaning. 

Swimmers will also have to follow specific safety protocols and directives. For a list of these, please see below.


Required for entry into the facility, members must be able to answer "NO" to each of the below questions per Arkansas Department of Health regulations:

  1. Have you traveled to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans, or Overseas in the last 14 days?
  2. Do you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  3. Do you have a compromised immune system or a chronic disease?
  4. Have you had recent contact with a COVID-19 patient?

Further safety measures taken by Bentonville Parks and Recreation are:

  • 6 foot spacing must be practiced when entering, exiting, or walking throughout the facility
  • 12 foot spacing must be practiced when exercising
  • Mask must be worn except when swimming (members must provide their own mask)
  • Members must notify a Supervisor or Manager as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 and have used the facility
  • Members must clean all equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after each use