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OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS & WATER SPRAYGROUNDS

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) operates and maintains 37 outdoor swimming pools and 24 water spraygrounds. Houston’s outdoor swimming pools are open during the summer months. All pools are free and open to all ages; however, children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 Memorial Day Weekend Pool Schedule:

As we enter the Memorial Day weekend, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will open 33 pool sites this weekend. Three pool sites - DeZavala Park Pool, George T. Nelson Park Pool, and Tuffly Park Pool - will be closed this weekend and  will re-open later in the summer. One additional site - Emancipation Park Pool - will be closed this summer due to renovation.  

Memorial Day Alternate Sites For Closed Pools
 Pools Closed Until Target Date

Alternate Site

DeZavala Park Pool  Closed
Targeted to Open June 13, 2015

541 South 75th St.
Houston, TX 77023
Tel. 713.928.4826

Eastwood
5000 Harrisburg
Houston, TX  77011 
Tel. 713.923.8058
 
Denver Harbor
1020 Gazin
Houston, TX 77020
Tel. 713.686.6800

George T. Nelson Park Pool
Target date for opening June 20
MacGregor            
5225 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77021
Tel. 713.748.0317
 
Sunnyside
3502 Bellfort
Houston, TX  77051
Tel. 713.734.0757
 
Cloverland
11800 Scott
Houston, TX 77047
Tel. 713.734.8948
Tuffly Park Pool
Targeted to Open May 30, 2015

Finnigan                   
4900 Providence
Houston, TX 77020
Tel. 713.673.7311
 
Moody
3201 Fulton
Houston, TX  77009 
Tel. 713.238.2215

Denver Harbor
1020 Gazin
Houston, TX 77020
Tel. 713.686.6800

POOL SCHEDULE:

Summer Schedule
May 23 - May 25 All pools open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May 26 – May 29 All pools closed until HISD school is out for Summer
May 30 – Aug 16 All pools open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday with the exception of SwimWise Sites and July 4th
SwimWise Sites Operating
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays 1 pm – 6 pm
Sunday - Closed
Aug 17 – Sep 7 All 37 pools closed Mon-Fri.
Open on Sat and Sun only 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 4, 2015 All 37 pools open  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sept 7, 2015 All 37 pools open  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Memorial Park pool will be open for lap swim Tue – Fri 6 am – 10 am, May 26 through October 30 (or before if water temperature drops below 72 degrees).

METROPOLITAN MULTI-SERVICE CENTER INDOOR POOL

H.P.A.R.D. operates a heated indoor natatorium for citizens with disabilities at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray. The 5-lane, 25-yard heated pool is fully accessible by wheelchair and is equipped with a zero depth entry ramp, hand rails, and three chair lifts. Changing and shower facilities are available adjacent to the pool area. Participants are required to have independent functioning mobility skills or bring an adult attendant to assist.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

What to Wear
Appropriate swim-wear is required – No cut-offs, shorts, T-shirts, or thongs. The City of Houston’s policy prohibits the wearing of T-shirts in swimming pools unless an exemption letter has been accepted and filed in our Aquatics Office. Exemptions are granted based on medical and/or religious reasons, for the wearing of plain white T-shirts only.

For the Kids
Children under 8 must be accompanied in the pool by a parent or an adult. Swim diapers are required for infants and babies.No flotation devices, such as floaties and inflatables, are permitted.

What Not to Do
No smoking is alllowed. No eating and drinking is allowed, except in designated areas. No beverages or alcohol in glass containers are permitted. No excessively loud music is permitted.

Please consult the full list of pool rules and regulations. pdf

2015 SUMMER WATER FITNESS

Cool off this summer with FREE water fitness classes! Water fitness is a great exercise for any age, any fitness level, and any body type. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers classes at three levels of intensity at pools across the city. No fee is charged. All enrollments are filled on a “first come, first served” basis. Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 participants per class at most pool sites. (Water Fitness Classes Flier)

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2015 SWIMMING CLASSES
H2OSafe

H.P.A.R.D. offers free learn to swim classes for youth through the H2OSafe program. Classes are accessible to all and are offered at various skill levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each session meets Tuesday through Friday for two weeks (30 minute class).

All classes are free and space is limited on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods.Online Registration is required and begins at 8 am on registration date.  To register go to: https://apm.activecommunities.com/houstonparks/Home

H2Osafe SCHEDULE

Sessions 1 Sessions 2 Sessions 3 Sessions 4
Registration Dates
June 1 – June 10
Registration Dates
June 15 – June 24
Registration Dates
June 29 – July 8
Registration Dates
July 13 – July 22
Class Dates
June 16 – June 26
Class Dates
June 30 – July 10
Class Dates
July 14 – July 24
Class Dates
July 28 – Aug 7

Level One
5pm–5:30 pm

Level Two 
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Level Three 
6:30 pm – 7 pm

Level One
5 pm – 5:30 pm

Level Two
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Level Three
6:30 pm – 7 pm

Level One
5 pm – 5:30 pm

Level Two
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Level Three
6:30 pm – 7 pm

Level One
5 pm – 5:30 pm

Level Two
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Level Three
6:30 pm – 7 pm

CLASS SITES

Beverly Hills
Clinton
Eastwood
Glenbrook
Mason*
Reveille
Sagemont
Wilson Memorial
Denver Harbor
DeZavala
Finnigan
Greenwood
Hobart Taylor
Moody 
Northline
Tidwell
Agnes Moffitt 
Lincoln
Love
Oak Forest
Schwartz
Stude
T.C. Jester
Cloverland
George T. Nelson
MacGregor
Sharpstown
Sunnyside*
Townwood
Windsor Village
Westbury*
*Note:
Classes will be held 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the following sites:
Mason Park Pool
Sunnyside Park Pool

H2OSAFE CLASSES DESCRIPTION
H2OSafe Basics: Level 1

For ages 6 to 13 years
Prerequisite: None
In H2OSafe Basics: Level 1, your child will learn to swim a basic Freestyle Stroke through a drill-oriented approach, coupled with unique skill progressions for the following:  First-time Submersion, Breath Holding, Breath Control, Front Kicking, Back Kicking, In-line Kicking, Paddle Stroke, and Freestyle without side breathing.

H2OSafe Swim Strokes: Level 2

For ages 6 to 13 years
Prerequisite:  To enroll in H2OSafe Swim Strokes: Level 2, your child should be able to comfortably swim 15-20 feet without the aid of a flotation device AND with the face in the water.

In H2OSafe Swim Strokes: Level 2, your child will learn how to swim the formal strokes of Freestyle with Side Breathing and Backstroke. The Freestyle Side Breathing skill may be the most important skill one learns in the learn-to-swim process. This class is drill-oriented with unique skill progressions for the following:  Kicking with the Kickboard, Back Kicking, Streamline Kicking, Backstroke, and Freestyle. 

H2OSafe Advanced Swim Strokes: Level 3

For ages 6 to 13 years
Prerequisite:  To enroll in H2OSafe Advanced Swim Strokes: Level 3, your child must be able to swim 25 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with the Side Breathing.

In H2OSafe Advanced Swim Strokes: Level 3, your child will learn the advanced skills of Breaststroke and Butterfly, as well as refine and further develop the Freestyle and Backstroke; all classes are drill and technique-oriented.  In this course your child will practice the following skills each lesson: Freestyle & Backstroke (minimal work for refinement purposes), Breaststroke Kick (Whip Kick), Breaststroke Arm Stroke, Breaststroke (Kick & Stroke Timing), Body Dolphin Butterfly Kick, Butterfly Arm Stroke, and Butterfly (Kick & Stroke Timing).

Swim Wise Flier

 

 NORTHWEST  NORTHEAST  SOUTHWEST  SOUTHEAST

Agnes Moffitt (map)
713.468.5666

Inde Heights* (map)
713.862.1284

Lincoln (map)
281.447.2525

Love (map)
713.867.0490

Oak Forest (map)
713.684.1819

Schwartz (map)
713.973.6310

Stude (map)
713.862.5762

T.C. Jester (map)
713.686.6800

Greenwood (map)
713.455.5165

Hobart Taylor (map)
713.673.3774

Moody (map)
713.238.2215

Northline (map)
713.742.1512

Tidwell (map)
713.633.1618

Tuffly* (map)
713.674.3367

Alief* (map)
281.983.8137

Memorial (map)
713.862.1426

Sharpstown (map)
713.272.3690

Townwood (map)
713.434.3508

Westbury (map)
713.723.2192

Windsor Village (map)
713.726.7112

Beverly Hills (map)
713.948.9063

Clinton (map)
713.675.9336

Cloverland (map)
713.734.8948

Denver Harbor (map)
713.673.7140

DeZavala (map)
713.923.7220

Eastwood (map)
713.923.8058

Emancipation (map)
713.284.1977

Finnigan (map)
713.673.7311

George T. Nelson (map)
713.748.0449

Glenbrook (map)
713.645.7187

J. Robinson, Sr.* (map)
713.672.8958

MacGregor (map)
713.748.0317

Mason (map)
713.928.4826

Reveille (map)
713.645.6544

Sagemont (map)
281.922.2312

Sunnyside (map)
713.734.0757

Wilson Memorial (map)
713.948.9051

*SWIMWISE SITES