Between! The water is good in municipal swimming pools

The six pools in the city of Lexington dive into summer, starting on Memorial Day weekend.

The four aquatic centers – Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland – will open on Saturday May 28 and the two neighborhood pools – Shillito and Douglass – will open a week later on Saturday June 4. hours for the first time in three years.

“Our pools are something all Lexington residents enjoy, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring them back to full capacity this season,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “After two difficult years that saw them closed or operating limited hours, we are thrilled to be making a splash in neighborhoods across the city with upgraded facilities!”

Council member Amanda Mays Bledsoe said: “As a little girl, I grew up learning to swim and being on the swim team at this pool in Southland. I am so happy that future generations of children can do the same, thanks to the recent investment of American Rescue Plan Act funds in major infrastructure upgrades such as diving boards and future upgrades. Neighborhood pools are a great asset to our community and provide fitness and recreation for all ages and a better quality of life.

All of the city’s pools are receiving needed infrastructure upgrades and new features funded by US federal bailout funds. The Southland, Woodland, Shillito and Douglass pools have already had their diving boards replaced. The Southland Aquatic Center, located in Southland Park, one of the city’s most popular swimming pools, is set to receive various other upgrades.

“We have substantial upgrades coming to all of our municipal pools in the coming years,” said Monica Conrad, director of parks and recreation. “With new and repaired features, as well as much-needed replacements for filters, pumps and filtration systems, we will be able to extend the life of our pools.”

Future improvements include a new pool slide in Douglass, new aquatic facilities in Woodland and Southland, repairs to the aquatic facility in Tates Creek, a new filtration system in Douglass, new filtration tanks in Southland and Woodland, new pumps in Castlewood and Southland, and pool deck repairs in Shillito.

For more information on aquatic centers and neighborhood pools in Lexington, visit Lifeguard positions are still available and can be applied for at

Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County government, oversees the programming, maintenance and development of more than 100 city parks and natural areas, six swimming pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreation programs and three arts venues. For more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.

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