Scottsdale Public Pools – Oasis in the Desert

Scottsdale Public Pools – Oasis in the Desert

One of the best-kept secrets among local residents is the open availability of wonderful large public swimming pools that are open all summer long in Scottsdale. Besides providing a decent P/T job for young people as lifeguards, Scottsdale’s four public swimming pools offer a wonderful day out of the heat, all for a couple dollars apiece.

The Scottsdale pools are open all year round for swim club activities, early morning lap (and evening) lap swimming and water-based programs for adults. But Memorial Day weekend (and a few select weekend days leading up to it) marks the traditional start of the public pool swimming openings around the Valley. That means it’s fully open during the days for open swim, to be enjoyed by kids off school, moms with kids, seniors seeking the sun, and anyone else who wants to cool off in the hot desert summers.  

The four Scottsdale public Swimming pools are: (in alphabetical order)

Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center

Chaparral Aquatic Center

Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center

McDowell Mtn. Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center

Residents and non-residents pay nominal fees to gain entrance to the swim facilities for a morning or afternoon. All the pools are open early during the morning to accommodate early morning swimmers who need to get in a few laps before their workday. And because of the availability of high school aged lifeguards, the pools all have daily opening hours for moms and dads with kids.

You can stay on top of the monthly schedules for each of the four pools here:




McDowell Mountain –$!26+Recreation/Aquatics/MMR+Facility+Schedule.pdf

Some of the highlights of the individual pools include:

  • Kid’s water playground at Eldorado Pool (pictured above)
  • Water basketball nets at Chapparal, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain pools
  • Low-dive and high-dive boards at three of the four pools (Chapparal has only the low dive board)
  • Lazy River Oasis at McDowell Mountain Ranch pool. Kids and grownups on this ambling body of water tube under sprinklers at bridge points, fountains that spray and an automated water bucket brigade that spills water onto the floaters. It’s a lot of fun!

Keep in mind that schedules fluctuate due to swim classes, adult programs and more during the mornings. Most of the pools have open swims that are mainly afternoon hours. There are also special events when the pools stay open until 7 pm or 9 pm for night swimming.

Stay cool this summer, Scottsdale!

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