It is that time of year again! All of us here at TJC Real Estate and Management Services have been waiting anxiously as the time approaches to slip on our tankinis and board shorts, hit the water and soak up some sun. Pool season is upon us and Denver is a great place to be in the summertime! Not only do we get over 300 days of sunshine, and are full of great biking trails, but we also have a plethora of outdoor public pools to make a splash.
Moms and Dads have been working all spring (or at least thinking about it) to shed the results of this last holiday seasons’ over indulgences in order to get themselves into their best swimsuit shape. In the meantime, the kiddos are digging out their goggles and noodles ready to make their first cannonball into deep blue water of the neighborhood pool. Not only does Denver Parks and Recreation service 16 outdoor pools that will open on June 8th, but Stapleton, which is in our neck of the woods, now manages 6 outdoor pools that will open at 12 PM on Saturday, May 23.
Whether you own or rent in Stapleton, one of the perks of living in this premier community is the resident membership to one of our six pools. The fee for each pass is only $20 for the season. For Non-Residents you can still enjoy the amazing Stapleton facilities for a daily entrance fee. For more information on fees and schedules, visit the Stapleton MCA website at www.StapletonCommunity.com.
A few quick notes to remember about our pools:
- You can BYOB – alcohol is permitted, but remember, NO GLASS.
- Be prepared for random closures:
- Summer’s storms can lead to short closures and delays, but keep in mind the weather changes can be fast and furious in Colorado — if you can wait out a weather closure you may end up with the entire pool to yourself.
- It’s not a Baby Ruth® – when you pile hundreds of kids into a pool, the swim diaper mishap is bound to happen every now and then.
- Glass violators – see first bullet point above. Don’t be the guy who closes down the pool because you had to have your Corona® bottle with a lime, but you dropped it while adjusting your…sunglasses.
- Pool Parties are a great way to celebrate! You can reserve the pools for your own private parties (for a fee). I have been to birthday parties and fundraisers at many of the pools and they are always an excellent setting for your summer soiree.
Which pool is right for you? Each pool brings its own unique attributes, but here is a little breakdown of some of the benefits of each:
- Aviator – the original, like Coors®, the Banquet Beer, is still a classic. With dedicated swim lanes, a generous kid area, and nice shade spots, this pool is a favorite of Stapleton residents old and new. It can get packed on the major holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.).
- Puddle Jumper (aka the “Nanny Pool”) – excellent water features for the kids, no swim lanes, and a cool sandbox feature make this a pool of choice for nannies to while away the summer days. Coincidently, the pool seems to be a favorite for dads who are taking the kids to the pool on their days off. Hmmm.
- F15 – let’s hear it for the East-side. Located on a huge parcel of land, this pool is excellent for parties, barbeques, and volleyball games. I have found that it is sometimes a little quieter, but I think that could be changing as all the new Bluff Lake residents start discovering its charms.
- Jet Stream – another pool with dedicated swim lanes, this pool serves as the refuge for the old-north-siders. With the arrival of Conservatory Green, I’m not sure we can call it the north-side any more. The crowd here may be a little younger than you will find at Aviator, and may feel more intimate and hip.
- Runway 35 Pool – the home of future Olympians, this pool is designed with a focus on competitive swimming.
- Maverick Pool – the home of future leisure seekers. Designed as a family friendly pool this pool will have some great places to play, relax and soak in the Colorado sun.
Denver Public Pools
Denver Parks and Recreation offer numerous aquatic activities for kids and adults of all ages and abilities at their 16 outdoor and 13 indoor pools. Fun in the sun includes open swim times, lap swim, aqua fitness classes, swim lessons and private instruction. You can obtain admission by having an annual membership, pay a daily fee, purchasing a season pool pass or having a My Denver Card (available free to Denver kids ages 5-18). For more information on fees and schedules, you can visit the following website: http://www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation/DenverParksandRecreation/RecreationCentersPools/SwimmingPools/tabid/445318/Default.aspx.
A few quick notes to remember about Denver public pools:
- NO ALCOHOL at any facility.
- Food is permitted in designated areas, but please, NO GLASS. Of course, no food or beverage allowed in the pools at any time.
- As above, the pool closures can happen such as summer storms and/or the random Baby Ruth® incident.
A few fun things to mention about the different Denver Pools:
- Many indoor pools such as Central Park and Montclair have the 0 – 3 feet feature with an indoor water playground for those not ready to give up their water wings yet.
- La Alma has undergone a recent renovation with an addition of a lazy river, diving board and a great slide.
- Outdoor water playgrounds are a big hit for kids of all ages and can be found at Barnum, Globeville and Mestizo pools.
Don’t forget…wait to enter the pool until 30 minutes after you have eaten. There you go….ready to dive in!
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