Summer Swimming 2019! – The Complete Guide to Public Pools in Pittsburgh

by Janet Jonus

Splash Around in Town! – Summer Swimming in the City of Pittsburgh

The temperatures are soaring, the kids are out of school, and families need a fun place to cool off. The City of Pittsburgh has eighteen seasonal pools open to the public.

The City of Pittsburgh Citiparks pools open on June 12th and stay open through Labor Day. Citiparks offers numerous programs for kids and adults at their pools. Some of these programs fill up quickly so register early. Registration is at the Pool of your choice.

Programs for Kids include the Swim Team for ages 6-18. Pool Swim Teams compete against each other throughout the summer all leading up to the Championship Swim Meet in August. Practice is Mondays through Fridays from 1200PM-1245PM from June 18th through August 3rd. Participation is free and you do not need a pool pass to participate.

Water Carnivals organized by the individual pools are held throughout the summer. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides games and prizes. Check with your neighborhood pool for more information.

Swim Lessons are offered at the pools. Infant Aquatic Programs for children 18 months through 2 years old are held at the Banksville, Bloomfield, Highland, Jack Stack, Magee, Moore, Ormsby, Phillips, Ream, and Schenley Pools from June 29th through July 27th. Classes are held on Saturdays from 1100AM-1130AM. Parent or Guardian participation is required. The class teaches water familiarity but it does not teach the infant how to swim. The cost is $10.00.

Preschool Aquatic Programs for 3-5 year olds are held at the
Banksville, Bloomfield, Highland, Jack Stack, Magee, Moore, Ormsby, Phillips, Ream, and Schenley Pools from June 29th through July 27th. Classes are held on Saturdays from 1130AM-1200PM. Parent or Guardian participation is required. The cost is $10.00. The class teaches water familiarity and water basics but it does not teach the child how to swim.

Children’s Learn to Swim classes are for kids ages 6-15 years old. All levels of swimmers are welcome. Classes are held at all pools on Mondays through Fridays from 1100AM-1145AM. There are three, 2-week sessions. The first Session runs from June 24th through July 5th. This session is FREE but fills up fast so register early. Session 2 runs from July 8th through July 19th. The cost is $20.00. Session 3 runs from July 22nd through August 2nd and costs $20.00.

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Citiparks also offers programs for teens and adults.

Adult Swim Classes for swimmers 16 and older are held on Sundays from June 30th through July 28th at the Highland, Moore, Riverview, Schenley, and Sheraden pools from 1200PM-1245PM. Cost is $20.00 for the session.

Water Aerobics Classes are held for teens and adults 16+ are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 545PM-630PM at the Banksville, Homewood, Jack Stack, Magee, Ream, and Westwood Pools. The session runs from June 25th through July 25th. Cost is $20.00. There are adult Water Aerobics classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 1100AM- 1145AM at the Banksville, Highland, Moore, Sue Murray, and West Penn Pools. The session runs from June 29th through July28th. The cost is $20.00.  There are special senior water aerobics classes too on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1100AM-1145AM at the Ream, Sue Murray, and West Penn Pools. The cost is $20.00 and the session runs from June 25th through July 25th.

There are Adult Lap Swim sessions for swimmers 16 and older Mondays through Fridays from 530PM-630PM at the Bloomfield, Highland, Jack Stack, Magee, Moore, Ormsby, Phillips, Ream, Riverview, Sue Murray, and Schenley Pools. The Highland, Moore, Sue Murray, Schenley, and Ream Pools have Adult Lap Swim from 1200PM-100PM Mondays through Fridays. All City Pools have an Adult Lap Swim from 1200PM-100PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

You can find more information here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/redtail/images/2577_ADULTSAquatic_Programs_Summer_2018.pdf

You have to have a swim pool pass to sign up for all programs except the Free (Session 1) Learn to Swim and the Swim Team.

Pool Passes

Pool passes are available for everyone. Passes gain you entry into all Citiparks Pools and the Oliver Bath House. City of Pittsburgh residents must provide proof of residency. Passes are:

  •  Family of Four – $60
  •  Adult (16 and older) – $30
  •  Senior (60+) – $20
  • Youth (3-15) – $15
  • Children under two are free

There are discounts for City of Pittsburgh residents who are military (passes are free) and for residents who receive government assistance. Proof is required to qualify for the discounts. Kids up to age 15 can swim for free with a Recreation Center Pass with free registration.

Non-City Residents can buy passes for $45 per person. There are no discounts.

You can also pay to swim for the day at any Citiparks pool. Youth (3-15) are $3.00 and adults (16+) are $5.00. Children two and under are free.

The Rules

Citiparks does have rules. Pool pass tags must be worn at all times. Bathing suits must be worn in the pool and on the pool deck. There is no running, dunking, horseplay, or profanity. Smoking is prohibited. Diving is allowed only in marked areas. Food and beverages must be consumed in designated areas only. Swimmers must shower before entering the pool. Swimmers under 6 years old must be with an adult 16 and older. Inflatable flotation devices are not allowed. All other flotation devices must be approved by the head lifeguard. Swimmers with medical conditions should inform the lifeguard. All rules must be followed including those dictated by the lifeguards. Strollers and lounge chairs must be kept 10 feet from the pool at all times. Citiparks is not responsible for lost, stolen, and damaged property.

The Basics

Everyone can have fun at a pool. FamilyFunPittsburgh recommends Summertime Swimming for Babies & Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, and Teens. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget to take plenty of water and sunscreen as well as towels and a change of clothing. Some kids can stay in the water all day and others can only make it a few hours. The sun is at its strongest from 1200PM-300PM. Everyone can get sunburned even on cloudy days so don’t forget the sunscreen.

Citiparks Pools are open Monday through Friday from 100PM-745PM. Pool hours may vary depending on the weather and staffing. There is an open swim from 100PM-445PM. Family Swim is from 445PM-745PM. Children under 15 MUST be accompanied by an adult 16 or older. Citipark Pools are open on Saturday and Sunday from 100PM- 545PM.

Citiparks Pools – City and East

2217 Bedford Avenue
Hill District 15219
408 Ella Street
Bloomfield 15224
151 Lake Drive
Highland Park 15206
540 N. Lang Avenue
Homewood 15208
745 Greenfield Avenue
Greenfield 15217
1 Overlook Drive
Schenley Park 15213
West Penn
450 30th Street
Polish Hill 15219

Citiparks Pools – South and West

1461 Crane Avenue
Banksville 15220
1785 McBride Street
Lincoln Place 15207
1801 Pioneer Avenue
Brookline 15226
79 S. 22nd Street
South Side 15203
201 Parkfield Street
Carrick 15210
321 Merrimac Street
Mt. Washington 15211
1071 Adon Street
Sheraden, 15204
100 Guyland Street
Westwood 15205

Citparks Pools – City North

Jack Stack
600 Brighton Woods Road
Brighton Heights 15212
400 Riverview Avenue
Perry North 15214
Sue Murray
301 Cedar Avenue
North Side 15212

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