News and Events

Recreation Center Holiday Hours

View the flyer on the right for our upcoming holiday hours.

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On New Year’s Day, Colonial Pool will be open for swimming for those of you who are brave enough to endure cold weather and chilly water! Come out to Colonial Park Pool on Monday, January 1, from 1–3 p.m., for the third annual Polar Bear Pool Party. Colonial Pool members will get in free. For residents who don’t yet have their memberships for 2024, the event fee will be $6, and for non-resident guests, it will be $12 (West U residents must accompany guests). If you want to purchase your 2024 membership, this is a great time to get it in advance! And for those of you who aren’t made of Polar Bear material, you can enjoy eating poolside treats while watching your family and friends take their chilly dip in the water. For more information on this fun event, visit or call the West U Recreation Center at 713-662-7420.

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Christmas Tree Lighting

The West University Place Parks and Recreation Department will be kicking off the holiday season with its 35th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! Join us on Monday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Friends Park, 6104 Auden Street to get into the holiday spirit. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature dance performances, vendors, holiday games, selfie stations, face painting, ice sculpting, and more. Enjoy holiday music and watch as the Mayor and City Council welcome the crowd before announcing the 2023 Coloring Contest Winners, who will have the honor of flipping the switch to light up the Christmas tree.  

To enter the 2023 Coloring Contest, click here.

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Winter/Spring 2024 Leisure Guide Now Available!

Check out the Winter/Spring guide and see what we have to offer!

Resident registration begins Wednesday, November 29th.

Open registration begins Wednesday, December 6th.

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Join Our Team!

The Parks & Recreation Department is currently hiring for several position! Starting at $14/hr

Lifeguard                                                                            Front Desk Attendant

Swim Instructor                                                                         Recreation Intern

Aquatics Coordinator                                                       Recreation Coordinator 

Rental Caretaker                                                                           Park Attendant 

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