When it’s this hot and you want to be outside, you have to be in the water. Growing up on Long Island, despite the short season, many people had some sort of pool in their backyard – three- or 4-foot above ground pools were the norm. (I know some of you are having a happy moment remembering those days, while others are cringing.)
When I moved to Charlotte, I noticed that the pool culture was different. Swimming is not only for cooling off, but is also a time to be social – a place to meet up with friends and other families. There are more community and neighborhood pools for people to join in the South.
What did this Northerner do? When in Rome…we joined a pool.
Check out these outdoor pools in the area:
Location: 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville
Day pass: $12 adults, $8 youth and senior citizens
Pools: Zero entry pool to 3 feet deep
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Amenities: Fitness center, indoor pools, group exercise classes
Location: 5007 Providence Road
Monthly: $75 individual, $80-$108 family (varying rates for young adults)
Pools: 3 feet-12 feet, 4 feet-5 feet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7.45; Friday 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.; Saturday Noon – 6:45 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6:45pm
Amenities: Fitness Center, group exercise classes, indoor pool
Locations: Cordelia Park, 2100 N. Davidson St. and Double Oaks, 1200 Newland Rd.
Day pass: $1
Pools: 3 feet-12 feet deep
Hours: Monday – Friday 12-6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Amenities: Free swim lessons
Location: 5126 Grafton Dr.
Initiation Fee: $125
Summer: $425 individual, $600 new family, $525 returning family
Pools: Main pool is 3-11 feet deep, baby pool
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Amenities: High dive and standard diving board
Location: 8205 Albemarle Rd
Initiation: $225 adult, $450 family
Annual costs: $325 adult, $425 family
Pools: 3 feet-11½ feet pool with high dive and low dive, baby pool
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. -8:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-7p.m.
Amenities: Fishing, tennis, covered patio, playground
Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road
Morrison Family YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road
Simmons YMCA, 6824 Democracy Drive
Siskey YMCA, 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews
University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road
Day pass: Non-members – $20 adults, $10 children under 16
Weekly: Non-members – $40 adults, $20 under 16
Annual: Pool access is free for all YMCA members. Membership rates can be calculated here.
Amenities: Check here.
Photo 1: Shannon Park Swim Club; Photo 2: Levine Jewish Community Center; Photo 3: YMCA of Greater Charlotte