West Side free public pools open

June 19, 2012
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The city’s outdoor pools officially opened June 15, but at least one pool in the Austin community wasn’t open until June 17. Columbus Park’s pool needed new drain covers to bring it up to state and federal standards for safer drains, according to a Chicago Park District spokeswoman. The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that at least 26 pools in the city needed the repairs.

Here are some free West Side pools now open to the public.

Some pools have swimming schedules that can change, so check with the various Chicago Park District locations for more information. Contact information and schedules for June 25 to Aug. 5 are posted below.

Outside Pools

Altgeld Park (515 S. Washtenaw Ave.)

Monday through Friday

11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. day camp and learn to swim

1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. youth swim

3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. teen swim

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

5 p.m. to 6:45 adult swim

6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. team sports

Tuesday and Thursday

5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. family swim

6:45 to 7:15 adult swim

Saturday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. learn to swim

12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. youth swim

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. teen swim

5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. adult swim

Sunday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. learn to swim

12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. youth swim

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. teen swim

5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. family swim

For more information contact the park at 312-746-5001.

Columbus Park (500 S. Central Ave.)

Monday through Friday

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. day camp

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. female swim

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. male swim

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

4:15 p.m. to 5:30 team sports

Tuesday and Thursday

4:15 to p.m. 5:30 p.m. family swim

Monday and Wednesday

5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. adult swim

Tuesday

5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. male teen swim

Thursday

5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. lap swim

Friday

5:45 to 7:15 female teen swim

For more information contact the park at 773-287-7641.

Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park Ave.)

From now until June 25, the pool is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After June 25 through August 3, open swim hours are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Adult swim is at 6 p.m. to close.

Saturday, Sunday and during holidays, anyone can swim from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information contact the park at 312-746-5092.

John Clark Pool (4615 W. Jackson Blvd.)

*Clark pool is a mini pool intended for the use of children. Children six to 12 should be accompanied by a parent.

Monday through Friday

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for day camp

1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. youth swim

4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. family swim

Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. youth can learn to swim

1:15 to 4 p.m. parent and tot swim

4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. family swim

For more information contact the park at 773-287-7794.

Indoor Pools

Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W. Lake St.)

Children ages six to 13 can learn how to swim at the town hall’s free co-ed swim classes:

Monday: June 25 to July 30. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: June 27 to August 1. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: June 29 to August 3. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: June 30 to August 4. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Family swim is available every Saturday until August 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Male open swim for ages 13 to 18 is on Saturdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For ages six to 13, open swim is Monday through Friday 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Co-ed open swim for years 18 and older runs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Co-ed open swim for all ages is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Female open swim for ages six to 13 is on Monday through Friday 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. For ages 13 to 18 open swim is Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information contact the park at 773-287-7764.

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