5 Community Pools We Love
Summer is around the corner and so are the long, hot days! Joining a community is a fun – and believe or not – affordable way to stay active and make memories this summer. Many parks and rec departments run pools at parks, complete with lifeguards, with summer membership options. Some private community and fitness centers also offer summer-only packages you can take advantage of. If you aren’t sure about committing for the season and want to check out your options, you can buy day passes for most pools.
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Experience:
Join early. Most pools in the area open around Memorial Day, so commit early to get as much swim time in as possible. Plus, early bird rates are available at some pools if you sign up before their deadline.
Do your research. Find a pool that’s close to you and has the right amenities for your family. Some options have baby pools or splash pads for younger children. Others offer snack bars, slides, and shower facilities.
Be aware of hours and holidays. Many pools have different hours on the weekends versus during the week and are closed on certain holidays. Pay attention to these dates on the pool’s website to avoid disappointment if you show up and can’t get in.
Have a dedicated pool bag. Chances are, pool outings will become a family favorite, so be prepared to save yourself time and stress. Keep a bag ready with goggles, sunscreen, towels, pool toys, snacks and water. This way, you can be pool ready in a jiffy!
Recruit friends. Swimming is always more fun with friends! Reach out to a neighbor who has kids the same ages as yours; they’ll appreciate the playmates and you’ll be glad there are others adults around to chat with.
5 Pools We Love:
Piedmont Park Pool
This pool in midtown features concessions, a landscaped deck, lockers, and beach entry. They also have a splash pad for toddlers. Family passes for the season start at $305. Learn more at https://piedmontpark.org/things-to-do/pool-and-splash-pad
Wills Park Pool
Located in Alpharetta, this pool was renovated in 2020 and features an interactive splash zone, zero-depth entry and slide. Wills Park also has a competitive pool with 10 lanes and two diving boards. Season passes for a family of four are $300 (non-resident) and $200 (resident). More information is available at https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/facilities/park-facilities-detail/city-pool-at-wills-park
Murphey Candler Park Pool
One of two pools available in Brookhaven, this pool hosts events like “Dive-In Movies” and “Doggy Dip Days.” Concessions are available, but coolers are allowed to keep the costs down. Summer passes for a family are $250. Check out dates and hours at https://www.brookhavenga.gov/parksrec/page/pool-locations-and-hours
Browns Mill Aquatic Facility
Featuring a lazy river, over-the-pool climbing nets, slides, and more, this Lithonia pool is fun for the whole family. Chairs to relax in and tubes for floating are available. Day passes are available for youth (17 & under) at $5 and adults for $7. Learn more about this pool and others in DeKalb County at https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/news/dekalb-county-pools-open-may-25
Seven Springs Water Park
Cobb County’s Powder Springs boasts this community water wonderland featuring two water slides, a lazy river, and a splash pad area for little ones. The pool has zero depth entry and has a full-service concessions stand. Outside food and drink are not allowed. Family passes are $212 for up to four people. More information can be found at https://www.cobbcounty.org/parks/recreation/aquatics/seven-springs-water-park
– Tali Benjamin