Eight Cincinnati Public Pools That Are Open for Swimming This Summer — By Reservation Only

Seven Cincinnati Recreation Commission pools and OTR's Ziegler Pool are all open this summer, but you'll need a reservation and to take some other COVID-19 safety precautions before you jump in

Ziegler Pool - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Ziegler Pool

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) reopened seven of its 24 pools on June 8: the Dempsey Pool, Evanston Pool, McKie Center Pool, Dunham Armleder Aquatic Facility, Hirsch Pool, Oakley Pool and Pleasant Ridge Pool.

“Even though this summer doesn’t look or feel quite the same as other summers, we are pleased to be able to offer our citizens some relief from the heat and a place where families can have some fun together,” says CRC Director Daniel Betts.

All pools will be following new health and safety protocols. Each will have a maximum capacity and there will be specific blocks of time when the pool will be available for public swimming. Guests are asked to make reservations in advance. And to allow for the most people to have access to the pool, there will be a limit on how many blocks of time you can reserve. The pool will be cleaned and sanitized after each time block. Guests will also have their temperature checked before entry and be asked a series of wellness questions. They must also sign a waiver and wear a mask when they enter or exit, or when they aren’t in the water.

Only the spraygrounds at the McKie, Pleasant Ridge and Oakley pools are open at this time. (Cincinnati Parks’ Armleder Memorial Spray Ground in Yeatman’s Cove and the Washington Park sprayground are also open, with capacity limits and safety protocols in place.)

“The goal of these policies is to ensure appropriate social distancing, accommodate an enhanced cleaning and sanitation schedule and maximize the availability of these important community resources to as many residents of Cincinnati as possible,” says the CRC in a press release. 

The 2-hour all-city swim block fee is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors for all pools except Dunham, which has a 3-hour swim block for $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and children. Get more info and specific time blocks cincyrec.org.

Dempsey Pool — This pool has a zero-depth entry, six lap lanes, spray features and a two-flume slide. Capacity is 68. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 933 Hawthorne Ave., East Price Hill, call 513-251-4123 to reserve a block.

Evanston Pool — This spot features a shallow pool, wading pool, water slide and zero-depth entrance. Capacity is 61. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 3204 Woodburn Ave., Evanston, call 513-861-9417 to reserve a block.

McKie Center Pool — The McKie offers a deep pool, wading pool and diving board along with pool decks. Capacity is 32. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1655 Chase Ave., Northside, call 513-681-8247 to reserve a block.

Dunham Armleder Aquatic Facility — This pool has a shallow pool, water slide and zero-depth entrance. Capacity is 113. Hours are noon-7 p.m. daily. 4356 Dunham Lane, Sayler Park/Westwood, call 513-251-5862 to reserve a block.

Hirsch Pool — This facility offers a water spray, water slide, shallow pool, wading pool and zero-depth entrance. Capacity is 58. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 3630 Reading Road, Avondale, call 513-751-3393 to reserve a block.

Oakley Pool — This classic neighborhood pool has a diving board and wading pool. Capacity is 32. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3900 Paxton Ave., Oakley, call 513-321-9320 to reserve a block.

Pleasant Ridge Pool — This spot offers a deep water pool, diving board and shallow wading pool area. Capacity is 32. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 5915 Ridge Ave., Pleasant Ridge, call 513-731-7894 to reserve a block.

Over-the-Rhine’s Ziegler Pool is another public pool — this one operated by 3CDC — which also has a reservation system in place. Each two-hour reservation block can hold 75 swimmers. Sessions are 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 12:45-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:45 p.m. There are additional sessions for lap swimmers at 7-7:45 a.m. and 8-8:45 a.m. for 10 people — two per lane.

Ziegler reservations are open to anyone, whether or not they have a season pass. But you must register online at least a day in advance. There is a $4 flat rate per person; any financial assistance vouchers will be distributed through neighborhood organizations. There is a waitlist if sessions are full. And if the pool is closed because of weather, rain checks will be given. 216 Woodward St., Over-the-Rhine, zieglerpark.org.

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