Children playing in pool

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates 2 indoor pools, 3 outdoor pools, and 4 spraygrounds, in addition to offering a number of water programs including:

Indoor Pools

DPR operates 2 indoor eight-lane pools which offer a number of water programs including water exercise, swim lessons, swim teams, lap swim and recreational swim. The pools have a portable aquatic lift to assist patrons who may not have the ability to access the pool via vertical ladders and stair systems.

Outdoor Pools

DPR operates 3 outdoor seasonal pools for individuals and families to enjoy during the summer months.


DPR operates 4 sprayground facilities. Spraygrounds are playground areas with water features, that allow residents fun places to cool off when the temperature rises!

Durham Aquatics School (DAS)

DAS offers free lifeguard certification training to area teens ages 16-19. Students who successfully complete the DAS courses will be actively recruited to apply for lifeguard jobs at DPR's indoor and outdoor pools. Visit the lifeguard training page for more information. To apply for lifeguarding positions, please visit the City of Durham employment page.

Water Safety

Make water safety a priority. Visit the American Red Cross Water Safety page to learn how you can take steps to stay safe around water.

To learn about the many programs, lessons and events available, check out our Play More Guide or browse our online registration system.