Beat the heat with lessons, slides, play structures and more at SWFL’s community pools
Take a Dip
Because Southwest Florida offers year-round sunshine, it makes sense that there are eight community pools located throughout the area. In addition to water fun, the pools’ offerings range from swim lessons to aqua fitness classes to junior lifeguard camps. The pool facilities often have slides, diving boards, play structures—and picnic pavilions that can be rented for special events and parties. Daily admission fees are low. At many of the pools, yearly passes and other discounts are available. Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, such as lifts, can also be found at some of the pools.
Information about a sampling of the pools is listed here: (Note that the North Fort Myers Community Pool is closed while a new pool is being constructed.)
Lehigh Acres Community Pool in Lehigh Acres
is open year-round. It has an eight-lane heated pool, which is ideal for lap swimmers. Those seeking exercise and better health can enjoy year-round weekday classes such as water exercise and Arthritis Foundation classes. Learn to Swim classes are taught by American Red Cross-certified Water Safety Instructors. The pool is home to Swim Florida, a competitive youth swim team. “In addition to our classes and lessons, we have a triple flume
“Lee County community pools are great community gathering spots for all ages, and many offer pavilion rentals with grills for birthday parties.” — Nancy Apperson, senior supervisor of aquatics and special needs at Lee County Parks & Recreation
waterslide and a pavilion with shaded structure and picnic tables to rent for parties,” says aquatics supervisor Bill Wood.
“From children’s lessons to birthday parties to water aerobics, my family heads to the Lehigh Acres Community Pool for a lot of great reasons,” notes Kathleen Smith. “And with lifeguards on duty, there’s less worry,” she adds.
The local resident has been enjoying the pool with her family of four for the past five years. Although the pool charges low daily rates of $2 to $3 per day, Smith opts for the annual family pass.
Yacht Club Community Pool in Cape Coral
offers swimmers a heated pool that is open to the public year-round. It’s the only one in the area that features two diving boards and a kiddie pool with underwater bubblers and an interactive
Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, such as lifts, can also be found at some of the pools.
dewdrop fountain. Picnic areas with barbecue grills are nearby.
Swim lessons include Angel Fish classes for children with special needs who are 3 to 8 years of age. Adults can enjoy weekly water aerobic classes and arthritis/fibromyalgia exercise classes. Daily admission fees range from $2 to $4.25 and pool memberships are available.
“We have a friendly and well-trained lifeguard staff, water exercise programs, swim lessons, summer youth camps and activities that everyone can enjoy,” says aquatics coordinator Danielle Foster. She adds, “It’s a perfect place to relax and spend quality time with family and friends at a very affordable price.”
San Carlos Community Pool in Fort Myers
is a heated pool that is open yearround. Supervisor of Aquatics and Special Needs John Zavacky explains, “We offer a variety of classes, including water walking and balance and flexibility, as well as one 25-yard lap lane that is always available for use during operating hours. Plus, there are two grills available for cooking.”
The pool is the home of the Gulf Coast Swim Team, which offers a competitive age group program and Master’s practices. Daily admission is $2 to $3.
“Lee County community pools are great community gathering spots for all ages, and many offer pavilion rentals with grills for birthday parties. Plus, our summer swim lessons and Junior Guard specialty camps are reasonably priced and taught by certified Water Safety Instructors,” says Nancy Apperson, senior supervisor of aquatics and special needs at Lee County Parks & Recreation.
When you feel like cooling down or doing a few laps, be sure to jump into one of the area’s community pools!
IF YOU GO City of Bonita Springs Community Pool
26890 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 239-947-1948; cityofbonitasprings.org
Fort Myers Beach Community Pool
2600 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5759; fmbgov.com
Lehigh Acres Community Pool
1400 West 5th St., Lehigh Acres 239-369-8277; leegov.com
Pine Island Community Pool
5675 Sesame Drive, Bokeelia 239-283-2220; leegov.com
San Carlos Community Pool
8208 Sanibel Blvd., Fort Myers 239-267-6002; leegov.com
Tice Community Pool (summer only)
4515 Glenwood Ave., Fort Myers 239-437-5759; leegov.com
Yacht Club Community Pool
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 239-242-3816; capecoral.net
San Carlos Park Community Pool features a dedicated 25-yard lap lane that is always open for use during operating hours, even while classes are taking place.
From top: In addition to offering classes, Lehigh Acres Community Pool boasts a triple flume water slide; fully trained lifeguards are on duty at Yacht Club Community Pool at all times; Tice Community Pool is open only in the summer months.
From top: Yacht Club Community Pool is located at Cape Coral’s Yacht Club Community Park, which is on the Caloosahatchee River ; Fort Myers Beach Community Pool has an inflatable obstacle course that is available on select dates.
The large water slide is a big hit for all ages at the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool.