FCPR facilities remain closed to public access. FCPR will conduct business over the phone and online. General Information: 910-433-1547; Email:; Website: FCPR has postponed all department organized programs, activities, athletics, special events and rentals until further notice. FCPR will not take any additional shelter or room reservations until further notice. FCPR staff will contact and work with affected individuals and groups to reschedule or refund at a later date. As conditions change, the status of these postponements and closures will be re-evaluated. Parks and trails are currently open (playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, splash pads, pools and the skate park remain closed). Use caution and practice social distancing.

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Aquatics Programs

Due to COVID-19, aquatics programs are cancelled until further notice.

Swim Lessons

Pre-School Lessons are designed for children between the ages of 3-5 yrs old. Participants will learn basic stroke skills, important safety skills, and how to propel themselves independently through the water. Children should be comfortable enough to work with an instructor in a group of 4-5 other children, and independent of their parents. Children must be 3 by the first day of class. Registration begins March 1. The first two weeks of registration will be open to residents only.

Youth and Adult Swim Lessons are progressive classes for ages 6+. Throughout the levels, participants will learn and develop a good freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, treading, entering and exiting the water, and endurance along with other lifetime stroke and important safety skills. Registration begins March 1. The first two weeks of registration will be open to residents only.

Session Dates:

Session 1: May 26-June 5
Session 2: June 9-June 19
Session 3: June 23-July 3
Session 4: July 7-July 17
Session 5: July 21-31
Session 6:  Aug. 4-14

Ages and Times:
Preschool: 3-5 yrs; 10:30-11 am, 11:15-11:45 am, 12-12:30 pm, 12:30-1 pm, 4-4:30 pm, 4:30-5 pm, 5-5:30 pm 
Youth: 6-14 yrs; 9-9:45 am, 10-10:45 am, 11-11:45 am, 12-12:45 pm, 3:30-4:15 pm, 4:15-5 pm
Adults: 15+; 5-5:45 pm

Resident Fees: $48
Non-Resident Fees: $96

Junior Lifeguard Program

This program provides a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, attitude and skills for future  successful competition of the Red Cross Lifeguarding courses. Participants should be able to swim front crawl for 25 yards breathing to front or side, breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 1 minute, float on back for 30
seconds, swim 25 yards on back, submerge and swim underwater for a distance of 10 feet and submerge and pick up an object from the bottom of the pool and swim on the back while holding the object.

To complete and receive the certificate, participants will be required to assist at one of FCPR’s pool for at least 20 hours as a Junior Guard. Classes will be held at the Fayetteville YMCA on Fort Bragg Road.

To register, please contact Smith Recreation Center at  433-1571, Westover Recreation Center at 433-1088 or the College Lakes Recreation Center at 433-1564.

11-14 yrs; TBA; 5-8 pm; Free


Registration is Feb. 1-April 1. Season starts in April. League age is the age attained by a player prior to Aug. 1 of the current playing year. Must be able to swim the length of the pool.
Boys and Girls; 7-18 yrs; $25 residents; $50 non-residents; $5 late fee

Swim Camp

Several swim camps will focus on the basic swimming strokes. Swim caps are required.
Boys and Girls; 8-11 am; $80/session

Session/Week 1: June 1-4; 9-18 yrs; Chalmers Pool
Session/Week 2: June 8-11; 5-8 yrs; Chalmers Pool
Session/Week 3: June 15-18; 9-18 yrs; Lake Rim Aquatic Center
Session/Week 4: June 22-25; 5-8 yrs; Lake Rim Aquatic Center
Session/Week 5: July 13-16; 9-18 yrs; Westover Aquatic Center
Session/Week 6: July 20-23; 5-8 yrs; Westover Aquatic Center
Session/Week 7: Aug. 3-6; 9-18 yrs; Keith A. Bates, Sr. Pool
Session/Week 8: Aug. 10-13; 5-8 yrs; Keith A. Bates, Sr. Pool