Schools are out; the temperature is rising and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking for some alternative activities to give the kids a break from the heat. So, what better way is there to cool off than by taking a dip in a pool? Indoor pools are great during the winter and for doing some serious swimming, but outdoor pools are always more appealing in the summer to families who just want to have fun!
The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina is fortunate to be able to offer both. It has two great indoor pools a (four-lane and a six-lane) that are used for a number of different swimming programs as well as for lap swimming and family swimming. But the Y has also partnered with the city to operate the three outdoor city pools which are open from Memorial Day through until Labor Day. So, for those of us who don’t have access to a private pool, this is a wonderful asset.
Free for YMCA members, the Robert Strange Pool, Legion Stadium Pool, and Northside Pool are awesome places to beat the heat. And, you can benefit from these great outdoor resources even if you’re not a member of the YMCA. Non-members must register their families for a summer access pass before using the pools. Registration is free and daily entrance fees are a bargain at just $1.00 per day for children and $2.00 per day for adults thereafter.
Each pool is staffed with a lifeguard and the YMCA offers swim lessons, water aerobics, and other aquatics programs as well as family leisure time. The Robert Strange Pool is located on South 10th Street, a short distance from Fit for Fun. It is open all day, every day, except for Sunday mornings and is also available for party rentals. Northside Pool, which has an adjoining splash pad, is located on Bess Street, across from the Wilmington police headquarters. The pool is open in the afternoons for public swimming and is available for party rentals, but the splash pad is open all day, every day. Legion Stadium Pool, located on Carolina Beach Road, has a selection of programs in the mornings and offers public swim time in the afternoon. After 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Legion is home to the Stingrays swim team for swim practices.
As you may have gathered from previous articles, I love being in the water, especially swimming pools. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach and enjoy cooling off in the ocean but I know the ocean is way bigger and stronger than I am so I’m always cautious. I think swimming pools are so inviting…the way the light reflects off the water and the refreshing feel of the water as it swirls around me. I have always enjoyed swimming laps for exercise. I love seeing how everything is so clear under the water yet how it quickly becomes distorted as I cut through the water with each stroke. With my head down and no interruptions as I plow up and down the pool, I plan my day, my week…and sometimes my future. Personally, I can’t think of a better distraction from the whirlwind of everyday life.