If you think you’ve swum, splashed and dived into everything Columbia’s pools have to offer, you thought wrong. The Columbia Association (CA) Aquatics Department works year-round to keep our pools accessible, safe and, well, FUN! Here’s what you should know about Columbia pools this summer.
The more, the merrier. We’re working to increase accessibility to aquatics programs and facilities. Residents living on CA-assessed property will receive discounted daily admission rates to Faulkner Ridge, Jeffers Hill, MacGill’s Common, Running Brook and Talbott Springs pools with their Columbia Card. Admissions take a dive to $4 and $2 for adults and children, respectively. Plus, on the second Sunday of each month, you can get free admission to ANY of CA’s outdoor pools as part of our Second Sunday Swim program.
CA is also offering a new, year-round swimming membership that will include access to all CA outdoor pools, plus the indoor Columbia Swim Center. To learn more, call 410-730-1801.
Ensuring Safe Waters
This summer, CA is expanding the Columbia Swims swim lesson program. For $2 per lesson, children and adults can learn basic strokes and water safety. The program will be offered at Faulkner Ridge and Talbott Springs pools.
Thinking Outside ‘Your Pool’
There are many ways to have fun at the pool this summer. Youth who are able to swim at least one length of the pool can participate in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, a great opportunity to make friends, bond with neighbors and work on swim strokes. Visit CNSLswimming.org for more information. Kids also can swim, bike and run in a practice triathlon in the popular Kids Triathlon on Sunday, July 8. Register online at Active.com (ID: 2017556).
And just when you think kids get to have all the fun, CA offers at least one outdoor aqua group fitness class every day at either Hobbit’s Glen or Locust Park pools. Moreover, those adults who want to take on the ultimate summer challenge can ride their bikes and swim a lap at all 23 outdoor pools as part of the Pedal & Paddle event, on Sunday, July 17. Proceeds will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund.
These are just a few of the ways to enjoy our pools this summer when they open on Memorial Day weekend. How do you enjoy them? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. (P.S., These are also great places to keep connected with pool events, closings and news!) You can also see our FAQ page here.
* Special provisions for handicap access. Call the Aquatics Office for information.
Daily Admission Rates*
CA Resident Non-Members
Non-CA Resident Non-Members
$8 Adult • $5 Child (15 & under)
$20 Adult • $15 Child (15 & under)
* CA Residents must show Columbia Card to be admitted to the facilities.
— Written by Kelly Cooper