Pool Rentals

Pool rentals are available from April to September on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please call the Recreation Center at (941) 742-5923 for availability.

You are allowed to store items in the facility refrigerator/freezer and use the ice machine.  Rental reservations must be made in advance and payment is due at that time.  Lifeguards are on duty at all times.


Splash Pad Rental
Rental of the entire splash pad and kiddie pool area, as well as the adjacent pavilion with picnic tables. 

Residential/Social:  $75/hour
Commercial:  $125/hour

Splash Pad and Dive Well Rental
Rental of the splash pad in combination with dive well, including the adjacent pavilion with picnic tables. 

Residential/Social:  $100/hour

Aquatic Facility Rental
Rental of the splash pad, dive well, and one open wing section of the 50-meter recreational swimming pool (does not include lap lanes), including the adjacent pavilion with picnic tables. 

Fees (100 people maximum)
Residential/Social:  $125/hour
Commercial:  $225/hour

Fees (over 100 people)
Residential/Social:  $225/hour
Commercial:  $325/hour

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance do I need to book a rental?

Rentals are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Summer rentals fill up very quickly and it is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible.

How do I make a reservation?

Call the G.T. Bray Recreation Center to check on availability.   Once you decide on a date, you will need to stop by the Recreation Center to complete a small amount of paper work and pay for your reservation in full.   You will be provided with a packet of information containing facility guidelines, pool rules, and our weather policy.

What happens if it rains?

As with any event planned for outdoors, weather is always of concern.   Rain alone will not close our facility; however the supervisor on duty will determine if it is safe to have the facility open when inclement weather is present.  If we close the facility due to unsafe weather, your reservation is refundable; or if the opportunity exists, we can transfer your rental to an alternate date.

Since it is a private rental, do we have to follow all of the rules?

Absolutely.   Our number one priority is always safety and our lifeguards will enforce all of the rules throughout your rental.  We provide a list of the most commonly enforced rules at the time of your reservation.   Please support our lifeguards and encourage your guests to do the same.  They are only doing their job of maintaining a safe and orderly operation.

Can we bring in food and drink?  How about a grill?

Food and drink may be brought into the facility, however it must be consumed within the designated area.  Smoking, glass containers, and alcohol beverages are strictly prohibited.   Grills are prohibited within our complex.  Pizza may be ordered and delivered to the facility.

‚ÄčWhat if I want to have a party during your regular hours?

No parties are not permitted during regular pool hours.

What if I make a reservation and my child changes their mind?

We strongly encourage you to be sure that a pool rental is what you and your child want prior to making a reservation.  Department policy does not permit refunds, just because you changed your mind or have a scheduling conflict.   The Department’s refund policy is listed below:

Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department activity and facility fees are not refundable, except under the following guidelines as per department Fee Schedule:


  • A written recommendation from a doctor (for two (2) or more absences) indicating that the individual should withdraw from an activity or program shall be entitled to a full or prorated refund. No administrative fee will be assessed.
  • In the event that an activity or program is cancelled by Parks & Natural Resources Department, the individual or group would be entitled to a full or prorated refund or credit. There would be no administrative fee assessed.
  • Refunds are subject to a twenty percent (20%) administrative fee of the total amount, not to exceed $10.  All refund requests must be accompanied by an original receipt or a copy of the cancelled check.


  • Credits can be applied within thirty (30) days from one program activity and used toward another activity within ninety (90) days from the original request.
  • Credit requests may be provided in the absence of an original receipt or cancelled check if County records establish payment.


  • G.T. Bray Recreation Center
  • (941) 742-5923
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