The Foothills Aquatics Center

With kids home for the summer and the temperatures hitting the triple digits, everyone’s looking for a way to cool off. Instead of running the AC all day, why not take a dip in one of the Valley’s public pools? Many of the local pools recently opened just in time for Memorial Day weekend. A cooler day is a Valley Metro ride away.

The McClintock Pool at McClintock High School has a bus stop right outside that’s serviced by our Tempe’s free Orbit neighborhood circulators: Jupiter and Mars. The pool is also close enough that you can take local bus routes 61 and 81.

If you want to get out of the sun, Kiwanis Pool is the place to go. In addition to normal open swim, the Kiwanis Pool turns into a wave pool every day between 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. If you’re looking for a quick way to get cool, the park also features “The Cloud,” a splash pad which is open every day April through October. You can fly to “The Cloud” using bus route 77, head to the Kiwanis pool through bus route 62 or arrive anywhere in the park with the Orbit Saturn. You can learn more about Tempe pools and pricing here.

Phoenix pools are open six days a week starting June 5 through August 1 and open on weekends between August 7 through Labor Day. Every Phoenix pool is located next to or near a Valley Metro bus stop. For example, route 3 can take you to University Pool and the free Phoenix Mary Circulator can take you to Pecos Pool in south Phoenix. This year, you must register online before heading to an open swim. For more information on Phoenix pools and programming visit this website.

Swimming season is right around the corner in Glendale. Open swim and lap swim will be available at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics center starting June 8 through July 3 Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. You can get there easily by taking bus route 186. While that pool closes early for the summer, another one opens! Rose Lane Aquatics Center is open between July 6 through July 31 Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. You can take a dip right after a short ride on route 51 or using the free Glendale Gus 2. More information on the aquatics centers can be found here.

Those living in the East Valley can check out the Mesa Aquatic Complex. It’s a mini-water park with its own lazy river. The Brimhall Aquatic complex has water slides for kids of all ages. You can take a dip in either pool by riding bus route 61. Also, in Mesa, is the Freemont Aquatic complex which brings the beach to you with a beach volleyball court alongside its pools. The sands and cool water are a quick walk away after getting off at the Freemont Jr High School stop of bus route 184. You can learn more about Mesa’s pools here.

When you’re done chilling at your favorite pool, remember to dry off and mask up before boarding Valley Metro. Our air-conditioned vehicles will keep you cool all the way home.

Peter Corkery
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
When not helping customers at Valley Metro, Peter enjoys reading, running and hiking around the valley.