Durham Parks and Recreation maintains three outdoor seasonal pools for individuals and families to enjoy water activities, water exercise, and swim lessons.
Outdoor Pools Closed for 2020 Summer Season
After careful consideration, review of information from trade associations specifically the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA), and guidance from federal, state, and local health officials, we will not open Durham’s outdoor swimming pools for the 2020 summer season.
The safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority. In addition, we are dedicated to providing services that are equitable for everyone. The logistical challenges of being able to provide these services safely would severely limit the number of our residents who would be able to access these services. While this was a difficult decision, we have determined that the challenges described above outweigh the benefit to the few that we would be able to safely serve.
Opening the pools created the following safety challenges and concerns related to Covid-19:
- need to hire and train a sufficient number of seasonal lifeguards in a short time-frame;
- need to minimize the amount of people within our smaller pool facilities, limiting our ability to ensure equitable access;
- need to require visitors and staff to maintain a social distance and wear masks when they cannot; and
- need to increase cleaning and sanitizing frequencies required for decks, surfaces, and locker rooms (requiring additional staff)
|Daily Admission Type||City Resident - Daily Admission Fee||Non-City Resident - Daily Admission Fee|
|Youth & Teen (ages 0-18)*||No Cost||$5|
*All youth and teens under 18 years of age must be registered by a parent/guardian in the Active NET system prior to utilizing the pool alone for open rec swim. Children who are at least 10 years old can visit the pool without an adult, but must have accurate information in the registration system to be checked in.
Everyone who enters the pool must pay the admission fee including persons who are observing and not swimming.
Daily admissions can be paid by credit card or cash (bills larger than $10 are not accepted).
Admission fee covers the entire day. A re-entry stamp is required if leaving and coming back to the pool. Refunds are not issued for daily admissions.
In order to maintain a safe swimming environment, facility management may have to periodically limit pool admission until those patrons already admitted have exited.
Outdoor Pool Rentals
DPR does not offer outdoor pool rentals during normal operating hours. Rentals are only available for groups renting for a minimum of 4 visits. If you would like to rent an outdoor pool, please email Nicole Moreno or call her at 919-560-4265.
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.
DPR follows the guidance of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Red Cross. DPR aquatic facilities will close all indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities for 30 minutes after thunder is heard and/or lightning is seen at the aquatic facility. Outdoor facilities will also be closed when there is heavy rain and the bottom of the pool is not visible. Patrons may not remain on the pool deck or use the facility showers during this time. All participants in the facility, at the time when it is closed, will be issued a “rain check” pass to use the facility at another time. Facilities will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or sighting of lightning. This is done to avoid contact with water or plumbing, and to ensure the safety of all aquatic participants. Learn more about lightning safety on the National Weather Service website.