Old Man Winter will do his best to hang out in Cheyenne as long as possible each spring. But eventually, the weather warms and summer on the high plains kicks into full gear. The classic way to beat the heat is to get wet.
In Cheyenne, Wyoming we have two public swimming pools, and two public splash pads.
Where are Cheyenne's Pools?
In Lions Park, is the Cheyenne Aquatic Center (931 Martin Esquibel Street). It is open year-round, check the website for the current hours of operation.
For outdoor swimming, Johnson Pool (303 East 8th Street) next to Lincoln Park is the place to be. The pool opens for the season in June.
Where are Cheyenne's Splash Pads?
The new free Splash Pad at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza in downtown Cheyenne is scheduled to open on Memorial Day and close Labor Day.
The Cheyenne Aquatic Center Spray Park (931 Martin Esquibel Street), located right behind the Cheyenne Aquatic Center open in the summer.
How Much Do Cheyenne's Pools and Splash Pads Cost (Recreational Swim)?
Cheyenne Aquatic Center -
- Under 4: Free
- Ages 5 – 59: $5
- Ages 60+: $4.50
- Master: $4.50
- Military: $4.50
Johnson Pool -
- Under 7: $1.25
- Ages 8 – 17: $3
- Ages 18 – 59: $3.50
- Ages 60+: $3
Cheyenne Aquatic Center Spray Park -
- 8 Years and Under: $1.25
- 9 Years & Over: $2.25
Downtown Splash Pad -
When Are Cheyenne's Pools and Splash Pads Open?
Cheyenne Aquatic Center - Open year-round, check the website for the current hours of operation.
Johnson Pool - Opening in June, check the website for the hours of operation.
Cheyenne Aquatic Center Spray Park - Check the website for the current hours of operation.
Downtown Splash Pad - Open to the public from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting (more rules and info).
CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center
In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union
completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.
Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town
. Starting in 1952, three
different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence. A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.
As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished
and the new construction began.
The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses.
Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.
Wyoming Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
It's hard not to take this a little personally. Guy Fieri
of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
has visited the Cowboy State a few times. Yet each time he stays close to Jackson
. The show takes us on a culinary voyage across the U.S, but he's never stopped in Cheyenne, Casper, or even Chugwater.