Swim Time


The pools are opening! The pools are opening! THE POOLS ARE OPENING!

And as they do, they’ll stay open Mondays-Fridays 11am-7pm and Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm until sometime in August. (Some caveats: At most pools, only organized groups are allowed in on weekdays from 11am-1pm, aka “camp swim.” Many pools also hold swim lessons or swim team — for which you/your child should by all means sign up — on weekdays from 4-5pm. Schedules can vary a bit from pool to pool, but in general the most consistent open times for a weekday swim are from 1-4pm — aka “free swim;” 5-6pm — aka “family swim,” when any swimmer under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; and 6-7pm — aka “adult swim,” when only those 18 and older may be at the pool. There are fewer variables on weekends, when most pools have free or family swim from 12-4pm and adult swim from 4-5pm.

Pro tip: Ignore any posted schedule that includes “girls’ days” and “boys’ days” and in fact any posted schedule printed on anything other than paper — it’s likely years out of date. Instead, ask the lifeguards and pool attendants at your pool what the schedule is. And speaking of pool staff, please keep in mind that many are new each year and that even the veterans have a lot to figure out in the first week(s) to get the pools up and running safely for all of us. Opening a pool that’s been dormant and open to the elements for months — not to mention doing it 70 times over — is no small feat. So have some patience and give folks the benefit of the doubt if everything’s not going smoothly or according to schedule!)

Here’s when each oasis is scheduled to come to life:

Today – Friday, June 20th:

  • Cruz (6th and Master Streets in North Philly)

Tomorrow – Saturday, June 21st:

  • Awbury (Ardleigh and Haines in Germantown)
  • Christy (56th and Christian Streets in West Philly)
  • Myers (58th and Kingsessing in Southwest Philly)
  • Penrose (12th and Susquehanna in North Philly)
  • Vare (26th and Morris in Gray’s Ferry)

Monday, June 23rd:

  • Fox Chase (Rockwell and Borbeck in the Northeast)
  • Heitzman (Castor and Amber in Harrowgate)
  • Hillside (Fountain and Fowler in Manayunk)
  • Kelly (next to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park)
  • Lawncrest (Comly and Rising Sun in Northeast Philly)
  • Lee (44th and Haverford in West Powelton)
  • Mander (33rd and Diamond in East Park/Strawberry Mansion)
  • Northern Liberties (3rd and Fairmount)
  • Samuel (Gaul and Tioga in Port Richmond)

Tuesday, June 24th:

Wednesday, June 25th:

  • Cione (Aramingo and Huntingdon in Fishtown)
  • Cobbs Creek (63rd and Walnut in Cobbs Creek Park)
  • Cohox (Cedar and Cambria in Port Richmond)
  • Gathers (25th and Diamond in North Philly)
  • Lederer (Montgomery and Moyer in Fishtown)
  • Lonnie Young (Chelten and Ardleigh in Germantown)
  • Ridgway (13th and Carpenter)
  • Simpson (Arrott and Large in the Northeast)

Thursday, June 26th:

  • Barry (18th and Bigler in South Philly)
  • Francisville (18th and Francis, just north of Fairmount Ave.)
  • Hancock (Hancock and Master in Fishtown)
  • Kendrick (Ridge and Roxborough in Roxborough)
  • McVeigh (D and Ontario in Kensington)
  • Mitchell (Whitehall Lane and Chesterfield Road, Far Northeast)
  • Sacks (4th and Washington)

Friday, June 27th:

  • American Legion (Torresdale and Devereaux in the Northeast)
  • Amos (16th and Montgomery in North Philly)
  • Athletic (26th and Master in North Philly)
  • Belfield (20th and Olney in Ogontz)
  • Jacobs (Linden and Jackson, Far Northeast)
  • Kingsessing (49th and Kingsessing in West Philly)
  • Mill Creek (47th and Brown in West Philly)
  • Murphy (3rd and Shunk in South Philly)
  • Piccoli (Castor and Cayuga, Lower Northeast)

Monday, June 30th:

  • Baker (Lansdowne and Conestoga in Overbrook)
  • Chew (19th and Ellsworth in Point Breeze)
  • Dendy (10th and Oxford in North Philly)
  • Houseman (Summerdale and Godfrey in the Northeast)
  • Max Myers (Hellerton and Bustleton in the Northeast)
  • Scanlon (Glenwood and K in Kensington)
  • Schmidt (Howard and Ontario in North Philly)
  • Shepard (57th and Haverford in Haddington)
  • Waterloo (Cumberland and Waterloo in Kensington)

Tuesday, July 1st:

  • 12th and Cambria (North Philly)
  • 39th and Olive (just north of Fairmount Ave. in Mantua)
  • Bridesburg (Richmond and Buckius)
  • Cherashore (Olney and Wagner in Olney)
  • Ford (Snyder between 6th and 7th in South Philly)
  • Hunting Park (9th and Hunting Park in North Philly)
  • M.L. King (22nd and Cecil B. Moore in North Philly)
  • Pleasant (Boyer and Pleasant in Mount Airy)
  • Shuler (27th and Indiana in North Philly)
  • Stinger Square (32nd and Dickinson in Gray’s Ferry)
  • Tustin (59th and Columbia in Overbrook)

At some point (hopefully):

  • C.B. Moore (22nd and Sedgley in North Philly)
  • Feltonville (Wyoming between A and B)
  • Vogt (Unruh and Cottage in the Northeast)
Bulletin Board at Northern Liberties Rec Center

Rec center bulletin board I saw yesterday.

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