Just seven weeks until Witter Pool opens for the season

Carl Strong, 509.363.5415

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.

It may seem a bit early to talk about outdoor swimming, but activities that prepare our aquatics centers for the 10-week summer season are well underway.

Have you ever wondered what happens to our city's outdoor pools and aquatics centers during the off-season? Surprisingly, our maintenance and pool staff is busier year round than you might expect.

All aquatics facilities are checked for necessary maintenance, weather issues and vandalism assessment throughout the fall, winter and spring. Other routine maintenance needs include the rebuilding of pumps, heater fixes and filter replacement.

Did you know? We actually leave water in most of our pools during the winter.

At the end of the summer, the pools are winterized, pipes are flushed and drains capped. Keeping the pools full of water actually helps keep the plaster moist and prevents cracking. Many of our pools are designed with a ramp end to allow frozen water to expand up the ramp.

What's happening now to prepare for summer?

Aquatics staff is currently taking applications for the summer season. Open positions include managers, cashiers and lifeguards. Aquatics is also selling season passes at a discount rate. For more information on employment visit the City's Jobs page.

Having a party? Rent a pool! All of our aquatics facilities are rentable. We offer full facility rentals, host birthday parties and even rent the oversized fun umbrellas you might remember.

What's new in aquatics for summer 2014?

We are happy to announce the addition of more swim lessons, senior center open swim times and we have also teamed up with kids sports camps such as the Skyhawks & Soccertots.

Save these dates:

  • Season passes are on sale for only $40 until April 7th
  • Pools open Monday, June 16th

About Aquatics

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department operates six aquatic centers offering a variety of amenities and programs designed for youth and adults. Programming includes Learn-to-Swim as well as Lifeguard Training, and various other programs to help you keep cool, active and entertained during the hot summer months. We also offer exclusive rentals of various aquatic facilities for birthdays, anniversaries, business functions and neighborhood gatherings. Construction of the aquatic centers was funded by the 2007 City of Spokane Parks Improvement Bond which included funding for the construction and development of a variety of aquatics and youth sports projects throughout the City. Brand new splash pads were constructed in 11 parks, and five new aquatic centers replaced old, leaking swimming pools in parks city-wide (Witter, A.M. Cannon, Liberty, Comstock and Hillyard). In addition, a brand new aquatics center was constructed in Shadle Park.