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Old 01-02-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Default Where are all of the outdoor swimming pools?

I have been thinking about summer and trying to find a neighborhood swimming pool. There seem to be a handful of aquatic centers in the twin cities area, but very few. I see Savage and Bloomington each have an aquatic center. None in Eden Prairie! We are used to spending most afternoons at the swimming pool. What do your kids do for fun in the summer if there isn't a place to swim? We do not swim in lakes.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I have been thinking about summer and trying to find a neighborhood swimming pool. There seem to be a handful of aquatic centers in the twin cities area, but very few. I see Savage and Bloomington each have an aquatic center. None in Eden Prairie! We are used to spending most afternoons at the swimming pool. What do your kids do for fun in the summer if there isn't a place to swim? We do not swim in lakes.
The only one I can remember is out in Hastings which is miles from where you live. People use the lakes in and around the Twin Cities because there are so many beaches there. But check out these sites and see if they have more information for you: Twin Cities Fun in the Sun :: Minnesota Real Estate :: Jeff Anderson RE/MAX Results (http://www.mnrealestate.com/sunFun/ - broken link) and Twin Cities Mom - Parks and Playareas.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Not swimming in lakes really does cut down on the options, but I know there is a pool in Edina that could be closer than bloomington or savage. Eagan and Apple Valley also have aquatic centers that could work too. There might also be a pool off of Anderson Lakes, but it may only be for residents of the apartments nearby.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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May be to far away, but Crystal has an aquatic park
Crystal Aquatics (http://www.ci.crystal.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={D27A6B79-E50C-4D72-8A39-1EAAB33374A0} - broken link)
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:30 PM
 
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Many developments have their own swimming pools so I think a lot of cities stopped building them. We use the Apple Valley or Eagan ones the most. There is talk about building something in Rosemount either an aquatic center or some other type of pool, possibly indoor for year round use.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Plymouth, MN
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Many Lifetime Fitness Centers have outdoor pools that are subsidized by the city that they are located in. You don't have to join, just pay as you go.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:11 PM
 
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Richfield has a good sized pool and aquatic center, right next to the ice arena just east of 66th and Portland. A non-resident season pass can be had for under $50.

Veterans park next door has walking paths and boardwalks, mini-golf, and a farmers market on Saturday Mornings if you want to make a day out of it.

Richfield Outdoor Pool (Richfield, MN) (http://www.richfieldrecreation.com/Facilities/pool.htm - broken link)
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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Maybe there aren't many because people in Minnesota generally swim in lakes (this is how it seems to me at least).
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Another reason for fewer outdoor pools is that they're expensive to maintain in a climate where the temps are below freezing for extended periods of time. Given that, and the relatively short season for outdoor swimming, it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest in outdoor pools.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Another reason for fewer outdoor pools is that they're expensive to maintain in a climate where the temps are below freezing for extended periods of time. Given that, and the relatively short season for outdoor swimming, it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest in outdoor pools.
This is what I used to think as well, but swimming pools are generally heated to some extent and if they were properly covered the water will not freeze.

Pools can just be expensive to maintain regardless of the climate. That, and maybe the whole lake culture, makes them seem as if they are not needed.
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