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Beat the heat with lessons, slides, play struc­tures and more at SWFL’s community pools

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY ANN MARIE O’PHEL AN

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.

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