Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) maintains three outdoor seasonal pools for individuals and families to enjoy water activities, water exercise, and swim lessons.
Outdoor Pools 2021
Long Meadow Pool, Hillside Pool and Forest Hills Pool are closed for the 2021 season!
We are currently hiring lifeguards. Our year round and seasonal lifeguard positions start at $17.99/hour. Please visit the City of Durham Career Page for more information and to apply.
|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 have an account set up by a parent/guardian in ActiveNet prior to utilizing the pool alone for open rec swim. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied in the pool area at all times by someone at least 16 years of age or older. Children 5 years and younger are required to be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age or older in the water.
- 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 us or call 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.