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City Pools Open Saturday
City Pools Open Saturday

The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks) will open pools for the start of the summer swim season this Saturday, June 4. The Cecil Aquatic Center will reopen today.

Last weekend, the opening of the city’s public pools was postponed due to a nationwide manufacturer recall on drain covers currently installed at the pools. After careful evaluation based on information from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), city officials have confirmed that the city pools’ drain covers are exempt from this recall. According to the CPSC the city’s 33 pools are exempt because each are equipped with a gravity feed drainage system.

“Over the past few days, we have been working to gain a greater understanding about the drain cover recall and the potential public safety risks it presents,” said Roslyn Phillips, director of the city’s Recreation and Community Services Department. “Finding out that our pools are not going to be impacted by the recall is not just good news for us, it’s good news for the community. As temperatures rise, we will be able to continue to provide quality aquatic programming as residents to stay active and cool this summer.”

Jaxparks summer public pools schedule and a variety of aquatics programs, including swim lessons, will be offered for residents’ safety and enjoyment. The information contained below can also be found online at  

City Pool Schedules

All pools will open for the weekend beginning Saturday, June 4 and seven days a week beginning Saturday, June 11 through Friday, Aug. 19.  Swimming pools associated with schools will be open weekends only through June 5 and Aug. 20 through Sept. 5, to accommodate school swim practice.

Pool hours are as follows:

-       Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

-       Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

-       Weekdays (Morning times vary according to the pool site and programs.)

o   1-6 p.m., Open swim

o   6-7 p.m., Swim team practice

o   7-8 p.m., Family swim


All pools will be open on Sunday, July 4 for Independence Day and Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day.  Holiday hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m.


Call the pool location, (904) 630-CITY or visit for specific hours of operation. Signs noting the hours of operation will be placed at each location. 


Pool Locations

Adolph Wurn Park (San Souci), 2115 Dean Road, 724-8218

Andrew Jackson High School, 128 W. 30th St., 630-0281

Baldwin High School, 345 Chestnut St., 266-2478

Blue Cypress Center and Pool, 4012 University Blvd. N., 744-3494

Cecil Aquatics Center, 13611-A Normandy Blvd., 573-8994

(An indoor pool open year-round from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1–6 p.m. Sunday.)

Charles "Bobbie" Clark Park and Sherwood Pool, 8739 Sibbald Road, 768-6422

Clanzel T. Brown Park (Golfair) 4515 Moncrief Road, 768-1330

Ed White High School, 1700 Old Middleburg Road, 783-4958

Emmett Reed Park, 1093 Sixth St., 630-0829

Englewood High School, 4412 Barnes Road, 448-6895

Eugene Butler Middle School, 900 Acorn St., 630-0322

Fletcher High School, 700 Seagate Ave., 247-6327

Forrest High School, 5530 Firestone Road, 573-2485

Ft. Caroline Club and Pool, 4131 Ferber Road, 744-5612

Grand Park Center and Pool, 2740 Division St., 630-0282

Harts Road Park and Pool, 15597 Harts Road, 696-2000

Highlands Middle School, 10913 Pine Estates Road, 751-1533

Jefferson Street Pool, 1358 Jefferson St., 630-0994

Robert Kennedy Center and Pool, 1139 Ionia St., 630-0939

Lake Shore Middle School, 2519 Bayview Road, 387-1772

Robert E. Lee High School, 1200 S. McDuff Ave., 387-6959

Mallison Center and Pool, 3133 Lenox Ave., 388-2639

Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Road, 292-1541

Oceanway Center and Pool, 12215 Sago Ave. W., 757-8704

Terry Parker High School, 7301 Parker School Road, 723-6144

Paxon High School, 3239 W. Fifth St., 783-0377

Pine Forest Park, 2335 Gattis Lane, 398-0591

Raines High School, 3663 Raines Ave., 765-0920

Ribault High School, 5820 Van Gundy St., 766-5319

Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd., 642-5900

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 390 N. Jackson Ave., 783-2540

Wolfson High School, 7000 Powers Ave., 448-6894 

Woodland Acres Park and Pool, 8200 Kona Ave., 724-6169


Summer Learn-to-Swim Lessons and Aquatic Programs

A variety of swim lessons and aquatic programs are available at JaxParks pools across the city.  Visit or call (904) 630-CITY for locations and registration. 


Aqua Babies

10-10:30 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.

Cecil Aquatics Center, 13611-A Normandy Blvd.

This program helps young children, ages 6-36 months, become comfortable in and around water so they are ready to learn to swim.  Parent must accompany child in the water.  Fee is $60 for a two-week session. 


Aqua Tots

Times vary by location, see for schedule

Nine locations

Children ages 2-5 years are taught the fundamentals of swimming and basic water safety skills.  Fee is $60 for a two-week session.


Youth Learn-to-Swim

Times vary by location, see for schedule

Nine outdoor locations plus the Cecil Aquatic Center

This is a developmental swimming program for children ages 5-13 that encourages a lifelong interest in swimming. Fee is $60 for a two-week session. 


Adult Swim Lessons

Times vary by location, see for schedule

Four outdoor locations plus the Cecil Aquatic Center

This ongoing swim instruction is for ages 13 years and older. All skill levels are welcome and the instruction is customized to meet individual needs.  Fee is $60 for a two-week session.


Aqua Aerobics for Adults

9-9:45 a.m. and/or 6:45–7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday (year-round class)

Cecil Aquatics Center, 13611-A Normandy Blvd.

Don’t sweat getting into shape!  This class is designed to enhance cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility.  Fee is $40 for 10 classes. 


Recreation Swim Teams

6-7 p.m.

Beginning Monday, June 25

Each city pool offers a recreational swim team Monday – Friday during the summer for youth ages 5-17. Practices begin Monday, June 25, 6-7 p.m. Each team will schedule swim meets with other area pools on Saturday mornings. The season will culminate with a district meet and the City Championship in early August.  This is a $25 fee for this program.  Participants may download a registration form from and take it to the pool of their choice beginning Saturday, May 28. Registration deadline is Friday, July 1.


Stroke Clinics

7-8 p.m.

Fridays, June 25, July 2, 16 and 30

Clinic participants will receive in-depth instruction in stroke technique, including starts and turns. Common stroke infractions will be analyzed and corrected.  Fee is $40 per session. Call (904) 745-9630 for more information.


Junior Lifeguard Camp

9 a.m.-4 p.m., extended day available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Three sessions: June 27 – July 8, July 11 – 22, July 25 – Aug. 5

Cecil Aquatics Center, 13611-A Normandy Blvd., (904) 573-3157

One of JaxParks' most popular camps, this unique aquatics program teaches youth water safety and rescue techniques. Campers will be engaged in activities that feature environmental sciences and lifesaving skills that develop teamwork and leadership. Camp activities are for ages 11-14.  The fee is $150 per session and extended day is $25 per session.


JaxParks Ocean Camp

Three sessions: June 27 – July 8, July 11 – 22, July 25 – Aug. 5

9 a.m.-4 p.m., extended day available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Hanna Park (oceanfront), 500 Wonderwood Drive, (904) 745-9630

Youth ages 9-15 will participate in surfing, building sandcastles and sand sculpture, beach sports, nature hikes, ocean conservation projects and lots more at this adventurous ocean-based specialty camp. The fee is $150 per two-week session and extended say is $25 per session.

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