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September 1, 2015

Metro Parks’ indoor pools are the perfect temperature regardless of the season

Metro Parks invites you and your family to get acquainted with aquatics at any one of four public indoor pools this fall and winter.

“Swimming doesn’t have to end with the summer,” says Aaron Canfield, Metro Parks aquatic coordinator.

During the summer season, Metro Parks’ two outdoor pools, at Kandle Park and Stewart Heights, typically attract more than 80,000 visitors.

In the fall, after the outdoor pools close, aquatics activity drops off significantly. What happens in Tacoma is typical of other Pacific Northwest aquatics programs, but Metro Parks managers would like to change that. Recreational swimming and splashing around is fun any time of year, they say.

norpoint pool - boy swimmingFor children 4 and younger, recreational swimming sessions at both the Eastside Pool and the Center at Norpoint are free. (Children under 7 and those less than 3½ feet tall must be accompanied by an adult.) Other fees vary.

And on the first Saturday of every month, open swim sessions at the Eastside Pool are free for everyone.

Metro Parks’ fall series of monthlong swimming lessons kicks off in September at Foss and Mount Tahoma high schools, the Center at Norpoint and the Eastside Pool.

The Eastside Pool and the Center at Norpoint also offer a variety of aquatic options including family and open swim sessions, lap swimming, water exercise, private lessons, adult spas and rentals for private parties. Lesson fees vary.

Open swim sessions are a great way to introduce children to water play and prepare them to learn to swim, Canfield said. At both the Center at Norpoint and the Eastside Pool, Metro Parks maintains pool water at the inviting temperature of 85 degrees. So the water’s warm regardless of the weather.

To find out more about Metro Parks aquatics and pools see pages 25-27 of the fall GO Guide. or visit the swimming section of the website.