Wag 'n' Wade Dog Swim

Multiple dogs playing in a pool on a sunny day

The Wag 'n' Wade dog swim is returning for its sixth year!

Grand Rapids is going to the dogs! We're closing the 2023 pool season with another pawsome event at Richmond Pool. The event is free and open to all community members but pre-registration is required. Registration links below.

Event Format

The event is split into five 1-hour sessions. Each session has room for 175 dogs. We want to make sure every dog has a chance to swim, please only register for one session. 

Session 1: Small Dogs

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Meant for dogs under 35 pounds

Registration Closed

Session 2: Large Dogs I

  • 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Meant for dogs over 35 pounds

Registration Closed

Session 3: Large Dogs II

  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Meant for dogs over 35 pounds

Registration Closed

Session 4: Large Dogs III

  • 2:45 - 3:45 pm
  • Meant for dogs over 35 pounds

Registration Closed

Session 5: Older Dogs

  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Meant for dogs ages 8+

Registration Closed

Event day reminders

We'll provide:

  • Dog waste bags
  • Drinking water for dogs
  • LOTS of tennis balls

What you'll need to bring:

  • Leash for taking your dog in and out of the pool area
  • A towel (optional, but recommended)
  • A dog life jacket (optional, but recommended)
  • Dog booties (optional, but recommended)


  • You may enter the water up to your knees
  • Your dog(s) must be on a leash when entering and leaving the pool
  • No leashes allowed once dogs are on the 
  • You must remain with your dog at all times
  • Your dog must always be wearing a collar
  • Please leave all personal toys and treats at home
  • You are responsible to clean up after your dog
  • If your dog(s) is acting aggressively, you will need to remove yourself and your dog(s) from the pool area


If you have any additional questions, please contact our Parks & Recreation department.






  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Richmond Park Pool, 1101 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, 49504, View Map

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