Which Phoenix Area Public Pools Will Be Open This Summer

By on June 15, 2020 0 790Views

Commercial fun destinations such as Golfland Sunsplash, Hurricane Harbor and Great Wolf Lodge Arizona have reopened their water parks with intentions of adhering to the coronavirus CDC guidelines. For additional ways that residents can stay cool this summer, many cities in the Valley are beginning  to reopen their public pools in phases.

Taking a cautious approach, the city Phoenix will not open any of their 29 pools or splash pads this summer.

In other cities, access to a public pool this summer will look a bit different. Scottsdale, Peoria and Surprise pools are now open for lap swimming, but will wait to allow open swimming. City of Chandler pools currently allows recreational swimming.

Here is run down of Valley cities and their protocols for summer public pools.


The Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center is planned to  be closed in the month of June. Beginning July 1, the facility will open for swimming Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Aquatic classes and swim lessons are suspended until further notice.

The Rose Lane Aquatics Center is undergoing repairs and will be closed this summer.

Heroes Regional Park splash pad is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Aug. 11.

Glendale will be instrumenting the following safety guidelines due to COVID-19:

  • A limited number of patrons will be allowed in the pool area.
  • Admission is first come, first served.
  • Up to two lanes will be available in the lap pool.
  • Showers and locker rooms will not be available.


According to the city website, all of Chandler’s six aquatic centers and pools are open for public swimming with enhanced health and safety measures and controlled capacity.

Residents can reserve up to a week in advance. The reservation period opens at 6 p.m. on Fridays. Nonresidents can use the pools on a first come, first served space-available basis.


All Mesa aquatic centers are available only to Mesa residents until June 29th.

Skyline and Kino aquatic centers are open to reservation-only lap swimming, limited-capacity swim lessons and Mesa Aquatic Coalition Team rentals.

After June 29, aquatic access will be open to nonresidents.

Rhodes and Shepherd aquatic centers will open and offer reservation-only lap swimming and limited-capacity swim lessons. All four pools will have open swimming by reservation only at reduced capacity. In addition, the Flow Rider at Rhodes is open for reservations.

Click here to make reservations.


Beginning June 22, the Peoria and Sunrise pools will open for swim lessons, lap swim and water aerobics.

Centennial Pool will remain currently closed, however open swim may return later this summer.

Sunrise pool is open for lap swimming only.

Peoria residents can register online for swim classes beginning at 6 a.m. June 17.  Nonresidents and those who want to register in person or over the phone can do so starting at 7 a.m. June 18.

According to the city of Peoria’s news release, “Protocols for sanitation and social distancing have been put in place to promote the safety and health of residents, including regular intervals for cleaning and limiting class sizes to 10 people or less and lap swim to two swimmers per lane.”

Click here for information about Peoria pool hours and passes.


The following aquatic centers  are open for lap swimming only — Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch.

Beginning June 22, swim lessons, recreational swim and dive team practice will begin.

The pool fitness centers will remain closed while the city finalizes plans to reopen them.

Chaparral Pool  will remain closed.

Click here for locations, hours and class registration information.

City of Scottsdale will be following safety guidelines implemented for lap swim:

  • All staff are required to wear a mask covering both their nose and mouth.
  • Each facility has floor stickers spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at front desks.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are installed in hallways and near restrooms.
  • Staff will wipe down high-touch surfaces every hour.
  • Lap lanes are limited to two swimmers per lane. They will be asked to begin and end at opposite sides of the pool.


Splash pads are open and some pool access is available.

According to the City of Surprise Communications Manager, the Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool are open to those age 15 and older. Water aerobics and lap swimming will be by appointment only. Recreational swimming will resume later in the summer.

The city is currently working to hire and train the seasonal staff needed to operate the following programs in adherence to current CDC guidelines.


Most indoor city facilities have remained closed, and reopening is planned in phases.

The Escalante, Kiwanis and McClintock pools will open June 15 with some limitations and new guidelines.

All Tempe aquatic facilities will have physical distancing and thorough sanitizing protocols in place. Hours, services and capacity may be limited throughout the summer.


All Phoenix public pools and splash pads will be closed this summer. After a discussion about Phoenix city pools during the June 2nd City Council meeting there was no consensus among the council​ to open them.

The department said it would need a minimum of 30 days’ notice to open pools. Both the department and the city council would like to see a 14-day decline in COVID-19 cases before planning can begin to open pools.