Can't stand the heat? Get into the pool

Area offers plenty of public swim options
Jun. 24, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

If the heat gets to you this summer, the area’s public swimming facilities can help you cool down without putting a dent in your wallet.
Whether you want to take a quick dip, swim some laps or venture out and explore the great outdoors, there’s a pool here for you. However adventurous you’re feeling, though, don’t forget your sunscreen. Here’s a hop, skip and jump look at the area’s swimming spots.


Washington Terrace
Address: 100 Murray Street
Cost: $1.25/day or $12.50/15 days
Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
It’s hard to miss its tall, bright yellow waterslide. This pool also features a kiddie pool and concession stand. Around the pool, Washington Park has several ways to get active, from playgrounds to tennis courts to horseshoe pits.

Splash Pad at Southside Park
Address: 401 Taylor Avenue
Cost: Free
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Though this play area doesn’t have enough water to swim in, there’s more than enough to cool off. Kids can play with water guns, buckets and spouts, but make sure they’re supervised by an adult.

City Lake Park
Address: 602 W. Main Street in Jamestown
Cost: $6/day or $60/15 days
Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
This is one of the largest public pools in the Southeast, complete with concession stand, kiddie pool and long, winding waterslides. Plus, there’s a plenty to do for the entire family at the park and lake up the hill.


Camp Joy Pool at Hagan-Stone Park
Address: 5290 Hagan-Stone Park Road in Pleasant Garden
Cost: Ages 13 and over, $3; Ages 3-12, $2; Ages 2 and under, free
Hours: Through Aug. 2, Monday-Friday 1-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This newly renovated pool, operated as part of Camp Joy for individuals with special needs, is open to the public. The park also has lots to do, from camping to hiking to visiting a reproduction of an 1800s schoolhouse.

Aquatic Center at Bur-Mill Park
Address: 5834 Bur-Mill Club Road in Greensboro
Cost: Ages 13 and over, $5; Ages 3-12, $4; Ages 2 and under, free
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Among its activities, Bur-Mill Park features a wildlife education center from which adults and kids 13 and up can check out bikes for free. The pool has a snack bar and shallow area where you can get drenched standing under a water dome.


High Rock Lake
Location: Public swimming areas are Pebble Beach (located near the intersection of Flat Swamp Road and Highway 8) and Buddle Creek boat access area, (located near Holloway Church Road and Buddle Drive).
Cost: Free
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Pack a lunch for this day-long adventure to cool off with Mother Nature. Operated by Alcoa, these areas also allow bank fishing, boat launching and picnicking. Since swimming in natural bodies of water can be more dangerous, all children under the age of 16 should be supervised by an adult.

Don’t know how to swim (at least not yet)?
These nonprofit organizations are just a few of the places kids and adults can sign up to learn to swim.

High Point Swim Club
Address: 1705 Whitehall St.
This club, known for its competitive swimming program, also offers instructional swim lessons for a variety of ages and experiences. In the summer, their Polar Bear Aquatics lessons accept registration on a weekly basis. Classes are Monday-Thursday, every half-hour from noon to 2:30 p.m. for ages three and up. Cost is $45/week. For more information, visit

Address: 150 West Hartley Drive
Start them early: The High Point YMCA offers parent-child lessons to help children as young as 6-months-old get comfortable in the water. General swim lessons are available to both members and non-members. Summer sessions last through the end of August, with a variety of choices for lesson rigor and times. Rates for six-lesson sessions start at $29 for members, $54 for non-members. For details, visit

Address: 112 Gatewood Ave.
Want to take it slow? In addition to swim lessons for all ages ($40 for members, $60 for non-members for eight lessons, starting at the beginning of each month), the YWCA offers three different kinds of water aerobics classes and a Mommy & Me class. All classes have discounts for Silver Sneakers members. Call 882-4126 for more details.