Ladies and gentlemen, start your summer. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the season and the opening of public pools across the East Valley.
More than 20 parks-and-rec-managed facilities make an affordable place to while away hot days, and many go beyond basic lap pools to include amenities that once could be found only at pricey water parks.
Take, for example, West Chandler Aquatic Center’s 112-foot figure-eight water slide, 3-foot waves at Kiwanis Wave Pool in Tempe, a Lazy River at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler and Mesa’s FlowRider. The main attraction at Rhodes Aquatic Center, it combines the feel of snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding in a wet ride that requires little skill to have a good time.
Mesa’s new Skyline Aquatics Center opens for public swimming for the first time this season. The facility has a 28-lane Olympic-size competition pool, a looping water slide and a “tumble bucket” water feature.
Hours and dates of operation vary. Many pools offer savings via punch cards or season passes and swim lessons for adults and children. Contact each facility directly for the most up-to-date information.
Superstition Shadows Aquatics Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave.
• A.J.’s pool is open May 28 through Aug. 7. Daily fees are $1-$2 per person; season passes are available for $45-$95. For details, call (480) 474-5210 or visit www.ajcity.net
Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.
Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Place
Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview
Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave.
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive
West Chandler Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Road
• Swim season at each Chandler pool varies, but all are open beginning May 28. Admission is $1-$2.25 per person. Each pool offers free weekly swim sessions and weekly $1 Family Nights. Chandler residents may buy punch passes and family season passes. For information, call (480) 782-2750 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics
Greenfield Municipal Pool, 35 S. Greenfield Road
Mesquite Aquatic Center, 100 W. Mesquite St.
Perry Pool, 1775 E. Queen Creek Road
Williams Field Pool, 1900 S. Higley Road
• Gilbert pools are open May 28 through Aug. 6. All pools are closed on Sundays. Admission fees are $1-$3 per person; 30-visit punch cards are available for $25. A splash pad open daily at Water Tower Park is free. For information, call (480) 503-6200 or visit www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/aquatics
Brimhall Aquatics Complex, 4949 E. Southern Ave.
Carson/Westwood Aquatic Complex, 525 N. Westwood
Fremont Aquatic Complex, 1101 N. Power Road
Kino Aquatic Center, 848 N. Horne
Rhodes Aquatic Complex (home of the FlowRider), 1860 S. Longmore St.
Shepherd Aquatic Complex, 1407 N. Alta Mesa Drive
Skyline Aquatics Center, 845 S. Crismon Road
Stapley Aquatic Complex, 3250 E. Hermosa Vista Drive
Taylor Pool, 705 S. 32nd St.
• Pools open May 28. Admission is $1-$3.50 per person. Family season passes, good for eight people and regularly $130-$210, are 50 percent off if purchased May 28-30; season passes are good through Sept. 5. For information, call (480) 644-2352 or visit www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec/aquatics
Escalante Pool, 2150 E. Orange St.
Kiwanis Wave Pool, 6111 S. All-America Way
• Pools open May 28; hours vary. Admission fees are 75 cents to $1.25 per person at Escalante and $1.25-$6 per person at Kiwanis. Four “splash parks” at parks throughout the city are always free. For details, call (480) 350-5204, (480) 350-5201 or visit www.tempe.gov/pools
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