A year after COVID closed some public pools entirely, kids and families should have more chances to cool off this year.
While pools will likely still have some COVID-related safety protocols in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus, aquatics staff at parks departments across the region are gearing up for a summer that includes plenty of opportunity to take a dip.
Here’s what’s announced so far:
Raleigh’s public outdoor pools will open for the season on May 29 and operate on a modified schedule until June 12 when they will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. The city’s indoor pools are also open, but with some restrictions to keep people safe and healthy.
To help staff the pools with lifeguards, the city is hiring lifeguards, who can be as young as age 15, and has a free training programs for aspiring lifeguards to get certified.
The city’s outdoor pools remained closed last year. And while plans for this summer have not yet been announced, I’m told that the plan is to open them this summer.
The city currently is hiring lifeguards for the summer season. They can be as young as 16.
Wake Forest Pool
Wake Forest’s Holding Park Aquatic Center is scheduled to open on May 29. The town’s website promises more information soon.
The Knightdale Community Pool will open for the summer season on May 22.
Morrisville Aquatic and Fitness Center
This indoor facility opened in August, but I just wanted to highlight it as a new place to swim in the Triangle. It does include both lap lanes and a family recreation area with a sprayground. Reservations must be made in advance if you plan to go. It’s open daily. Check the website for details.