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A Guide to Denver’s Public Pools

October 19, 2021

For those who are looking for an activity to do that does not involve going out into the mountains, give one of Denver’s outdoor pools a try. Many of these pools are located in public parks, offering even more activities than just swimming. There are also many recreation centers that the city has, which offers guests the option to use the outdoor pool in addition to the many amenities the centers have such as exercise equipment, basketball courts, and more.

Aztlan Outdoor Pool

Address: 4435 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211

Hours: 10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Tuesday - Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Tuesday – Saturday

In addition to the outdoor pool, there is an indoor recreation center equipped with  weights and cardio equipment, a gymnasium with basketball courts, game room with billiards, ping pong, and foosball, and a craft room.

What People are saying:

“Outdoor pool is great, lifeguards are great swim instructors, friendly and welcoming vibe”

-Brian Kelly

“My friend introduced me to this Rec Center, D. Lewis, and I will say they are very well organized and do a phenomenal job with aiding to the children. Basketball court, swimming pool, snacks....a kids get away.” -Brittany Marlett

Barnum Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 370 Hooker St, Denver, CO 80219

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am, Swim lessons Monday - Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim Monday – Saturday

The indoor recreation center has the following amenities: Multipurpose room, Weight and Cardio equipment, Pool Tables, and Warming Kitchen

What People are saying:

“I highly recommend you visit Barnum park outdoor pool. Everything you need for a day of fun for a great price.” -Katherine Olguin

“The layout of the pool area where one side is for the little swimmers and then on the other side is for everyone else and then, there's a water park that is in the center. Something for everyone! They even have a fifteen foot water slide!!” -Valerie S

Berkeley Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 5105 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Monday – Wednesday

9:00am – 10:00am Aqua Aerobics Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday - Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday - Saturday

The newly renamed, Scheitler Recreation Center, has tennis and basketball courts, weight room, cardio equipment, and dance studio. Located nearby is a dog park, running trails and a public library.

What people are saying:

“This rec center is nice. We used the indoor-pool with our children. I would recommend this place to swim. There is an outdoor pool and an indoor pool.” -Nina Careathers

“I love this rec center! My work out can vary between swimming, gym, classes like yoga or body sculpting, or a run around the lake.” -Sharon Loeser

Cook Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80224

Hours: 9:00am –  10:00am Aqua Aerobics, Monday

9:00am – 10:00am Lap swim, Tuesday – Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

The Cook Park recreation center has a weight and cardio room, multipurpose room that can be rented out for events, dance room, youth game room, billiards room, gymnasium, classroom space, and an outdoor pool.

What people are saying:

“Best outdoor pool in Denver! So fabulously maintained. Life guards are very well trained and so welcoming. Water aerobics classes are outstanding! I just wish the pool would be open earlier and longer.” -Denise Damour

“Very friendly and great atmosphere for kids to release extra energy after school!” -Grizzly Collins

Eisenhower Outdoor Pool

Address: 4300 E Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80222

Hours: 9:00am –  10:00am Lap Swim: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00am – 10:00am Aqua Aerobics, Tuesday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

The Eisenhower Rec Center has the following amenities: Multipurpose room, gymnasium, game room, weights and cardio equipment, arts and crafts room, and an outdoor pool. The park located on the premises also has tennis courts, pickleball courts, a playground for kids, baseball fields, and a large grass area as well.

What people are saying:

“Great recreation center. Kind staff and lots of activities and camps for kids.” -Dorinda B

“Great place. Lots of amenities and I've never seen it crowded.” -Daniel McGuire

Globeville-Argo Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 4700 Logan St, Denver, CO 80216

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Swim Lessons, Monday – Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

Next to the pool is Argo Park which features a running/walking trail, playground, and a baseball field.

What people are saying:

“I was really impressed with my experience. The bathrooms are extremely clean. The outdoors is kept tidy. The staff is very helpful and kind. They also serve free lunch for the kids Monday through Friday which is pretty cool.” -Katherine Thompson

“It’s a good outdoor pool good life guards and employees are generous it's a good pool to go too and good to take ur kids” -Erica Facio

Green Valley Ranch Outdoor Pool

Address: 4403-4499 Jebel St, Denver, CO 80249

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Swim Lessons, Monday – Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Thursday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Thursday

Green Valley Ranck Park has multiple baseball fields, basketball courts, large grass area, and a large dog park.

What people are saying:

“Amazing pool I've been going here for basically my hole life I love the design the slide and the hours!! Amazing pool!!” -Nick Vlogs

“Great clean and fun great staff as always I have been going to this pool since I was in elementary school” -C Me

Harvard Gulch Outdoor Pool

Address: 550 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Lap Swim: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

9:00am – 10:00am Aqua Aerobics, Tuesday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

The Harvard Gulch recreation center has the following amenities available for use: Multipurpose room, gymnasium, weight and cardio equipment, and an arts and crafts room. There is also a golf course in the park in addition to, soccer fields and a track across the street.

What people are saying:

“Friendly helpful staff, good workout classes available. The Center and Denver Parks and Rec do good work with kids of all ages, the disabled, toddlers. I love this place and look forward to getting back there.” -Carol Johnson

“Good for the family. Kind respectful staff. Great programs for elementary students during the school year as well as summer.” -K Hallam

Harvey Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 2150 S Tennyson Way, Denver, CO 80219

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Swim Lessons, Monday – Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

The pool is located next to the Harvey Park Recreation center which has a multipurpose room, game room, fitness room, and a gymnasium with basketball courts.

What people are saying:

“Great for the entire family. A lil small but they have flotation devices for the kids.” -Luis Acosta

“Small but mighty. Love the staff and their scheduling of events. There is something for almost all ages.” -Nicole Seitz

Mestizo-Curtis Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 3181 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205

Hours: 9:00am – 10:00am Lap Swim, Monday – Wednesday

9:00am – 10:00am Aqua Aerobics, Thursday

10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Monday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Monday - Saturday

The Mestizo-Curtis Pool is located in the Mestizo Curtis Park which offers tennis and basketball courts, and several large grass areas for soccer, football, or any activity you would like.

What people are saying:

“What a blast! Took the kiddos ages 9mo & 4yrs and it was a great time. There are two blocks of times during the week 10:30am-2pm & 2:30pm-6pm for open swim. Cost was $2 per person. Water was nice for day 2 being open and the lifeguards were on duty. Great place for the family to cool off during the warmer days.” -Ryan Gaertner

“Great neighborhood pool and playground. It's not fancy, wasn't too crowded, and there was shade for everyone who wanted some.” -Amanda Russcol

Swansea Park Outdoor Pool

Address: 2650 E 49th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Hours: 10:30am – 2:00pm Open Swim, Tuesday – Saturday

2:30pm – 6:00pm Open Swim, Tuesday – Saturday

The Swansea Outdoor Pool is located next to the Swansea Recreation Center which has a game room equipped with ping pong tables, billiards, and foosball, a multipurpose room, weight and cardio equipment, and indoor basketball courts.

What people are saying:

“It's a great environment and the people that work there are really nice.” -Adrian Prieto

“Great place for kids” -Seth Howsden

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About Wynona March
Seattle, WA
Wynona is a writer and mom, with three children under age 6 and a penchant for crafting. She loves guiding her kids through projects of all kinds, from cooking to crafting to building a better robot.

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