PHOENIX — Summer may not officially begin until June 20, but pool season is already here in Arizona.
It's time to grab the bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and pool toys because most of the community pools and aquatic parks around the Valley are open for the summer season!
Before we get to the fun, whether your a first-timer or not, Arizona's summer heat and sun are no joke. Make sure you drink plenty of water, find shade, stay cool, wear sunscreen and proper protective clothing, such as hats, proper shoes, and sun-protective shirts, and know your personal limits.
Here are the pools that are open around the Valley. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some pools are operating at reduced capacity and, in some cases, are requiring advanced reservations. Make sure to check each city's aquatics/pool website for specific rules.
Visit https://www.chandleraz.gov/pools for more information.
Visit https://www.gilbertaz.gov/aquatics for more information.
Visit https://www.glendaleaz.com/play/parks_and_recreation for more information.
Brimhall Aquatic Complex
Carson Aquatic Complex
Fremont Aquatic Complex
Kino Aquatic Complex
Mesa Aquatic Complex
Rhodes Aquatic Complex
Shepherd Aquatic Complex
Skyline Aquatic Center
Stapley Aquatic Complex
Pool capacities will be limited to 220 people due to staffing issues. Families can pre-register, though it is not required. Visit www.mesaparks.com/pools for details.
This year, 12 of the city's 29 community pools will open due to the pandemic: Cortez Pool, Deer Valley Pool, El Prado Pool, Encanto Pool, Falcon Pool, Maryvale Pool, Paradise Valley Pool, Pecos Pool, Perry Pool, Starlight Pool, Sunnyslope Pool, and University Pool.
As of June 12, reservations are no longer required. Each pool has three open swim sessions each day, Sunday - Thursday.
Visit www.phoenix.gov/parks/pools for more information.
Scottsdale's aquatic centers are open for lap swim, exercise classes, and swim lessons. Both Eldorado and McDowell opened for "waterpark hours" on June 11. Advanced reservations are required.
Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics for more information.
Visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/2021/Pool-hours for more information.
Visit http://www.tempe.gov/pools for more information.
Those looking to add some adventure to their summer can check out one of the Valley's water parks.
Six Flags Hurrican Harbor Phoenix in Glendale, Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, and Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort are all open for the summer. Big Surf in Tempe will remain closed for the 2021 season.
While not a water park, Salt River Tubing is also open and expects thousands of people to float down the Salt River over Memorial Day weekend, one of its biggest weekends of the season.