California Swimming Pool

Find California swimming pools and public aquatic parks. Swimming pools provide information on the municipal, free, local, and public indoor and outdoor community pool facilities.


About Swimming Pools

What is a Swimming Pool?

A Swimming Pool is a structure that holds water for swimming and related activities. Swimming Pools may be located on private residential properties, at fitness centers or clubs, or on public property. Swimming Pools can include the complex where a pool is located and additional facilities like changing rooms. Public Swimming Pools are typically owned by a county or local government and they are managed by a Recreation or Parks Department. In some cases, Swimming Pools may be owned and operated by a public or private athletic organization.

Counties and local governments run Public Swimming Pools. Most communities own and maintain at least one Public Swimming Pool that offers a combination of open swim time, swimming instruction, fitness programs, competitive swimming events, and swim-related programming. Special programming may include lifeguard instructional courses, activities for individuals with disabilities or special needs, and aquatic therapy programs. Access to Public Swimming Pools is often restricted to residents of the community, though many make provisions for residents to bring guests from outside the community or allow access to non-residents who pay a fee.

Most Public Swimming Pools are in-ground, outdoor structures, often located adjacent to public parks, schools, or other public facilities. Restrooms and changing rooms are usually available on site. In addition to a large pool with a standard depth of 3 feet to 5 feet or more, a pool facility may also offer a shallow wading pool suitable for toddlers and non-swimmers. Splash Pads, which are play areas featuring sprinklers, fountains, and similar devices, are also common amenities at Public Swimming Pools.

Public Swimming Pools can also be indoors, as part of a community center, athletic complex, school, or as a stand-alone facility. Many Indoor Public Swimming Pools are designed and constructed to dimensions that allow for competitive swim events. Audience seating, scoreboards, and audio systems are incorporated into the design to facilitate competitive events. Some Public Swimming Pool facilities also include Therapy Pools, although this is less common. Therapy Pools are heated pools, usually indoors, that are designed for medical, rehabilitative, and other therapy uses.