Start mentally training for that ceremonial first cannonball of the season! Buncombe County Recreation Services will open its five outdoor swimming pools at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 25.
Cost to swim is $3.00 per day for Buncombe County residents. Discounted multi-visit passes are also available at each pool. Pools are open on Saturday and Sunday until the end of the school year when they will open daily from 11:00 am to 6:45 pm.
“For many local families, our pool openings signal the beginning of summer and more relaxing days,” said Lynn Pegg, Program Manager for Buncombe County Recreation Services. “They’re an affordable and fun way to beat the heat. Thanks to their locations, they’re also surrounded by stunning views of our mountains.”
Pools are located across the county, ensuring easy access for all kids and families. The facilities are managed through an agreement with Swim Club Management Group of Asheville which oversees maintenance, hires staff, and handles daily operations. For the first time, residents can sign up for swim lessons and book private parties on the management group’s website, www.buncombepools.com.
Each of the pools is resurfaced on a rotating basis. This year, Owen Pool in Swannanoa was the recipient of this essential step to increase its usability, amp up cleanliness, and increase health safety.
Sun safety information is available at each location, but pool visitors are reminded to apply water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before putting on a bathing suit and reapply every two hours or after swimming. Other tips to avoid the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays include wearing high-UPF swim shirts, wide brim hats, and wraparound UV-blocking sunglasses. More sun safety tips are available from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Cane Creek Pool, 590 Lower Brush Creek Road Fletcher, NC 28732
Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler, NC 28715
North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville, NC 28787
Owen Pool, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa, NC 28778