City Pools to Open Saturday

June 01, 2011  

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 can 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:
Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Weekdays (Morning times vary according to the pool site and programs.)
  • 1-6 p.m., Open swim
  • 6-7 p.m., Swim team practice
  • 7-8 p.m., Family swim
All pools will be open Sunday, July 4, for Independence Day and Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. Holiday hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m.