All District buildings, including the Paine Aquatic Center, will be closed due to a statewide directive for school closure, beginning the end of the school day Friday, March 13 until the State of Michigan allows resumption of activity on school district property. 

Manistee Community Pool

The Paine Aquatic Center, along with its community partners, promotes community recreation, personal instruction, competition, rehabilitation and healthy living by offering an array of public activities throughout the year for people of all ages. The Center is for rent for events and parties.

Aquatic Center Features

The Paine Aquatic Center is a multi-use, community pool facility for people of all ages, featuring:

  • 4,600 sq. ft., 8 lane pool for instructional, competitive and recreational programs
  • 1,000 sq. ft. warm-water pool for therapy, rehabilitation and instructional programs
  • handicap accessible and a portable lift chair available for either pool
  • men’s and women’s locker rooms withrestrooms, shower facilities, three separate family changing areas with lockers
  • common area for pool viewing and stadium seating for up to 200 spectators
  • climate controlled with air conditioning throughout the locker rooms and common areas

About the Center

Bill Paine, a local Manistee citizen, presented to a joint meeting of the City of Manistee and Manistee Area Public School Boards a proposal to build a community pool for the Manistee area. The City of Manistee and Manistee Area Public Schools both agreed to accept the proposed project and entered into an Interlocal Services Agreement on the operation and maintenance costs for the building. The proposal called for the pool to be attached to the Manistee High School facilities. The pool opened in July of 2009.

Pool Hours

Large Pool OPEN SWIM

Monday – Friday . . . . 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday . . . . . . . . . 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.-

Small Pool (Therapy Pool) OPEN SWIM

Tuesday & Thursday . . 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday . . 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 a.m. – noon

Saturday . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Senior Adult Swim

The therapy pool is limited to those age 50+ during the following hours

Tuesday & Thursday . . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday . . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday . . . . . . . . .  12:20 p.m – 2:30 p.m.

  • The Manistee Swim Team practices daily from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Memberships are available from the Manistee High School office.

Inclement Weather Hours

The pool will open at 9:30am – 2 hours later then normal when school is delayed or closed.

Holidays Closed

New Years Eve

New Years Day

Good Friday


Memorial Day

4th of July

Labor Day


Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Paine Aquatic Center News

Update on Pool Closure 5/29/20

As you are aware, the Governor has issued a number of Executive Orders, including Orders cancelling in-person school activities and requiring individuals to stay home, except for limited purposes.  At this time, none of the Executive Orders allow us to open the swimming pool to the general public.  All directives concerning permissible Aquatic Center operations must come directly from the State of Michigan at this time.

Even as some businesses and amenities have been allowed to reopen in our region, we have yet to receive any additional directives from the State that would allow for the District or the Paine Aquatic Center to resume on-property group activity for recreation purposes.  When the State does allow for the Aquatic Center to reopen, there may be additional protocols required to ensure public safety.  As administrators of this facility, you have our commitment that this facility will open only when proper safety protocols are in place.

Munson Health Care Manistee Hospital leases access to the Aquatic Center and is directed by orders other than those that direct operations of our school district.  As non-essential medical services are restored, they may resume physical therapy services that may include the use of the swimming pool.  This could be an authorized purpose for which the pool may be made use of prior to resuming recreational use.

If you have a current membership with Paine Aquatic Center, your membership will be extended by the number of total days that the pool remains closed.  This will be calculated once we are certain of the date that the pool will resume operation.  We thank you for your patience as we navigate ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 orders.

We will be providing updates on this webpage as more information becomes available.  We thank you for your patience and we look forward to being able to resume access to this valuable community asset just as soon as State regulations allow.

Become a Member

City of Manistee, FIler Township Residents receive a 50% discount on the daily and membership prices.

  • Daily Pass – $6.00
  • Individual *Quarterly – $50.00
  • Family *Quarterly – $180.00
  • Individual Annual – $180.00
  • Family Annual – $720.00

*Quarters begin the date of membership purchase

Please feel free of contact the MHS Athletic Office at 723-1522 if you have any questions.

Show Your Support

The Paine Aquatic Center is built on community support. Below are a some ways that you can help.

Pool Volunteers

The Paine Aquatic Center is seeking additional volunteers to work the front desk at the pool.  Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and completed Volunteer Registration Form to the MHS Athletic Office, 525 Twelfth St, Manistee, MI 49660.

Corey Van Fleet Perpetual Swimming Fund

Honoring the leadership and dedication of Pool Director, Corey Van Fleet, the Fund’s purpose is to ensure that the Paine Aquatic Center can provide top quality programs to a maximum number of area citizens for generations to come.

Double Your Donation

There has been a $500 matching gift to the Corey Van Fleet Perpetual Swimming Fund.  Please help us turn it into a $1000 by donating to the fund with Manistee Community Foundation.

Financial Partners

Community Partners




Aquatic Center Calendar

The Calendar here illustrates the activities and events that take place at the Paine Aquatic Center.  Here you will find events hosted by both Manistee Area Public Schools and our community partners.

Friday, 05 June 2020
Saturday, 06 June 2020
Sunday, 07 June 2020
Monday, 08 June 2020
Tuesday, 09 June 2020
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Thursday, 11 June 2020

Manistee High School Athletics proudly partners with various local and regional media outlets.  Frequently our athletic games are broadcasted on Eagle 101.5. For recaps of our games across all of our sports, visit:, the area's local news source for analysis and interviews.

Manistee Chippewa 350 Club Athletic Boosters is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve, enhance and expand the total interscholastic athletic programs of Manistee High & Middle Schools.

Manistee High School Athletics strictly adheres to the principals and directives of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and is a proud league partner with the Lakes 8 Activities Conference.