The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department announces the following upcoming events:

School’s Out Celebration

School will be out soon and we’re having a party! Grab your swim suits, towels & friends and head to Splash Zone for an evening swim on Friday, May 23. Water Park admission is $5, slides are free. Kick your summer off with a Splash. Must be 48" or taller to ride the slides. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit for more information. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at 201 Martin St., Jacksonville.

Splash Zone Season Opening

Summer fun starts Memorial weekend, May 24-26, at Splash Zone. Jacksonville’s water park features a plunge pool with two water slides, a water tunnel, the umbrella-shaped Rain Drop and Dew Drop water showers and the kids-only Tea Cup. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Hours are Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays Noon to 6 p.m. Park admission is $5, $1 for slides. Call (501) 982-4171 or (501) 982-SWIM(7946) or visit for more information. The location is 201 Martin St. Season passes are still available.

5th Annual Mr. & Miss Pool Side Cutie Contest

Register now for the 5th Annual Mr. & Miss Pool Side Cutie Contest at Splash Zone (if rain, Jacksonville Community Center) on Saturday, June 14. The contest is for girls ages Infant to 6 years old & boys ages Infant to 3 years old. Entry fee is $20 per child. $1 Admission for spectators. Certificates will be awarded to each child.

Winners will be guests at the Jacksonville FestiVille Sept. 27. Entry forms can be found at Jacksonville Community Center, Martin Street Youth Center, and on line at Sponsors are Chilis, Subway, Wendy’s, Crown Trophy, Leader Publishing, FAB&T, Jacksonville Athletics, Remax Home Finders/Bart Gray Realty, Soundstream Production Mobile DJ Service & Jacksonville Parks & Recreation. For more information call Mary at 912-9422 or Dana 982-4171. The Event time is 9-11a.m. at 201 Martin St.