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Old 05-27-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Default Best public pools

What are the best public pools in the Raleigh area? I say public pools since I'm not interested in paying membership dues anywhere. I'm particularly looking for an outdoor pool, but it is up to you to determine the criteria for what is "best."

I am a Raleigh resident and am closest to Lake Johnson. Pullen Park and Ridge Road are pretty close as well, but I'd consider driving across town if there's a really nice pool.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I'm actually not going to tell you or it won't be a great pool anymore. Not because you would start going but because you and everybody else would start going. I must say this pool is a Raleigh city pool. It's a 30 minute drive from my house. There are 2 other city pools between my house and this pool. Yes, it's that worth it.

The busiest I ever saw it last year was a total of 20 people there. Awesome kiddie park and large pool. It's fantastic. I talked to one of the employees there last year about why it's never busy and she said nobody knows about the pool because it's hidden. It is hidden and I hope it stays that way.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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I'm actually not going to tell you or it won't be a great pool anymore. Not because you would start going but because you and everybody else would start going. I must say this pool is a Raleigh city pool. It's a 30 minute drive from my house. There are 2 other city pools between my house and this pool. Yes, it's that worth it.

The busiest I ever saw it last year was a total of 20 people there. Awesome kiddie park and large pool. It's fantastic. I talked to one of the employees there last year about why it's never busy and she said nobody knows about the pool because it's hidden. It is hidden and I hope it stays that way.

WOW....why did you even post this??? Wouldnt it be nice to share with your community....
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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Let's see.

Here is info on City of Raleigh pools: ( http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/conten...IndexPage.html )

The three main lap pools are:

Optimist
Pullen
Millbrook

I've been to Optimist and Pullen with my son who was on a swim team. They were quite crowded.

Never been to Millbrook, even though out of the three, it's closest to Brentwood. It has a great kiddie pool area. It's sort of hidden.

Hmmm.

Other pools, that are seasonal, are:

Lake Johnson Pool - has a kiddie "sprayground"
Longview Pool
Ridge Road Pool - has a kiddie "sprayground"
Biltmore Pool
Chavis Pool - has a kiddie "sprayground"

I'd guess the "hidden" uncrowded pool with kiddie facilities is the Ridge Road Pool. It's at 1709 Ridge Rd in Raleigh and opens June 4th.

Let's all check it out.








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I'm actually not going to tell you or it won't be a great pool anymore. Not because you would start going but because you and everybody else would start going. I must say this pool is a Raleigh city pool. It's a 30 minute drive from my house. There are 2 other city pools between my house and this pool. Yes, it's that worth it.

The busiest I ever saw it last year was a total of 20 people there. Awesome kiddie park and large pool. It's fantastic. I talked to one of the employees there last year about why it's never busy and she said nobody knows about the pool because it's hidden. It is hidden and I hope it stays that way.

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Old 05-27-2011, 08:07 PM
 
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Lets all go to Millbrook and pee in the pool just to tick UnderPSI off ;-)
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: ITB Raleigh, NC
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I live very near the Ridge Road pool and would not say it is hidden. In the summer afternoon, the city drops off busloads of camp kids. And on weekends, it can be quite crowded. They have a swim team, great life guards, etc. It is quiet in the morning when only the kiddy pool is open for an hour before the other pool...but that's it.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Does anyone have info about Millbrook -- whether it's generally crowded?

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I live very near the Ridge Road pool and would not say it is hidden. In the summer afternoon, the city drops off busloads of camp kids. And on weekends, it can be quite crowded. They have a swim team, great life guards, etc. It is quiet in the morning when only the kiddy pool is open for an hour before the other pool...but that's it.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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I'm actually not going to tell you or it won't be a great pool anymore. Not because you would start going but because you and everybody else would start going. I must say this pool is a Raleigh city pool. It's a 30 minute drive from my house. There are 2 other city pools between my house and this pool. Yes, it's that worth it.

The busiest I ever saw it last year was a total of 20 people there. Awesome kiddie park and large pool. It's fantastic. I talked to one of the employees there last year about why it's never busy and she said nobody knows about the pool because it's hidden. It is hidden and I hope it stays that way.
Okay, you're keeping this pool a secret to keep attendance low (20 ppl. max based on your experience). Let's assume that the city of Raleigh doesn't have the tax $ to keep all their pools/parks open (not a stretch, is it?), so they shut down the one(s) that have the lowest attendance, those that don't make enough money to justify their existence. It might be a good idea for you to rave about the pool to others to make sure that it stays alive and kicking. This kills me about people and restaurants - some people want to keep a great restaurant their own secret, for their own little thrill of exclusivity, but that secretivity might just be what makes the restaurant go under. Pretty sad.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:26 PM
 
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great topic. any pools that allow for the daily dropping off of kids?
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Lets all go to Millbrook and pee in the pool just to tick UnderPSI off ;-)
Er, let's not...I swim there 2-3 times per week for masters.

Pullen, Millbrook and Optimist are all indoor facilities, at least for their main pools.

- Pullen is a 50-meter competition-level facility with separate shallow, warm pool.

- Optimist and Millbrook were both formerly outdoor facilities where the city has "permanently" bubbled over the main pools with fabric tension structures. Optimist's main pool is a 50-meter facility, and there are outdoor diving and kiddie pools. Millbrook is a smaller 25-yard facility indoors with a kiddie pool and sprayground outside.

Hard to say about how busy they are, as it depends on when you plan to visit. Lanes at some of the pools are dedicated for age group and masters swimming, so probably best to check the pool schedules for details. I can't speak to daytime crowdedness on weekdays or weekends, as I'm only there in the evenings for practice, and things never seem particularly crowded at any of the pools.

I am unfamiliar with the five seasonal outdoor pools.
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