On the list of ways to cool off in SA (below “air conditioning,” above “ice bath”) is hitting the pool. Lucky for you, San Anto boasts several free or dirt-cheap pools open to the public, even if most of their seasons are far shorter than our mercury-busting heat. Here’s the details on seven worth diving into.
Concepcion Park: It’s got all the things an average park should: softball fields, a playground, a basketball court, fitness equipment, and picnic areas as well as the pool, all encompassed in 21.4 acres. However, Concepcion is also located beside not one, but two charter high schools – a star for some, a demerit for others. Free, pool hours 1-7 p.m., 600 E. Theo Parkway.
LadyBird Johnson Park: LadyBird Johnson Park is 77.8 acres of stuff. The pool is directly surrounded by basketball courts and a skate park, not to mention the softball complex, softball fields, soccer fields, and picnic areas. The large pool allows for the ladies to sunbathe in view of the athletes and the men to, well, watch them do so. Or you could just swim; it’s good for that too. Free, pool hours 1-7 p.m., 10700 Nacogdoches Road
Lincoln Park: Providing a pool, basketball courts, softball courts, picnic areas, baseball and soccer fields, a playground, and community center, Lincoln Park also sports four tennis courts. Free, pool hours 1-7 p.m., 2803 E. Commerce.
San Antonio Natatorium: Located on the UTSA downtown campus, the Olympic-sized pool at the Natatorium comes with all of the benefits of an indoor pool: it’s open year-round, keeps you out of the sun, and has toilets that flush as opposed to those of the portable variety. It also has scheduled classes, which take up portions of the pool, a plus for some. $1 for swimmers under 18, $2 for swimmers of 60 years or more, $3 for everyone in between; adult passes good for 20 visits are $50. Open 1-7 p.m., 1430 W. Durango.
San Pedro Springs: Perfect for posting selfies of your bikini-clad bod, this 46-acre park provides free WiFi in tandem with the pool, a gazebo, playground, softball complex, tennis center, skate plaza, and playhouse. The pool is located alongside a row of trees, promising partial shade. Free, pool hours 2-8 p.m., 1415 San Pedro Avenue.
Woodlawn Lake Park: The sprawling, yet centrally-located, park has a pool, pavilions, a dance studio and gymnasium, a playscape, basketball court, tennis court, athletic fields, picnic units, a walking trail and, of course, the lake. Like a fish tank on the beach, the pool is located directly beside the lake. Free, pool hours 1-7 p.m., 1103 Cincinnati.
The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College: Sporting an Olympic-sized pool and competition-quality equipment as well as a second “warm-up” pool, the Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College’s indoor pool offers swimming lessons, too. $2 for swimmers under 18 or over 60, $3 for everyone in between, see alamo.edu/pac/aquatic-center/ for summer hours of operation, 1400 W. Villaret.