2021 Pool Information

June 23 Announcement

Reservations No Longer Required

The safety protocols we have put in place at each location have been working better than expected. As a result, beginning Thursday, June 24, you will no longer be required to reserve a day and time to visit one of our four swimming pools. We are also increasing the capacity at each pool to 75%. The time blocks will remain in effect at all locations as 10:00 am – noon (lap swim and preschool swim); open swim time, 12:30-2:30 pm; 3:00-5:00pm; and 6:00-8:00pm, with 30-minute breaks between time blocks for sanitizing surfaces.  If you have a current reservation for a day/time/pool, that reservation will continue to be honored.

Please be aware that at any time during our time blocks that we reach our 75% capacity, attendance will be restricted until space is available. We have only experienced full capacity at the former 50% on a few occasions which is the reasoning for the increase.  Also please be aware that attendance is much lower at the Borah and Fairmont locations so you may wish to visit those sites at peak times.

Beginning June 27, pools will not be open Sunday evenings for the 6-8 p.m. reservation time block until further notice. Due to a nationwide shortage of liquid chlorine, we are using an alternate form of chlorine that will require us to be manually super chlorinating. We apologize for the inconvenience.


PURCHASE A pool season PASS

You must have a swim pass in order to swim. Passes can be purchased online, in-person by visiting Fort Boise Community Center (700 Robbins Rd.) or the Boise Parks and Recreation Administration Office (1104 W. Royal Blvd.), or over the phone by calling (208) 608-7675.

Visiting municipal pools will look and feel different for staff and visitors in 2021 – the Boise Parks and Recreation team appreciates your flexibility, cooperation and understanding as we work to facilitate a safe and fun swim season.

City of Boise outdoor pools opening this summer include:

Need extra assistance? Don't hesitate to call us at (208) 608-7675.

Purchasing a Season Pass

PURCHASE A pool season PASS

Pool season passes cost $15 per person, regardless of age. Adults age 65 and over can sign up for a pass free of charge. Scholarships are also available for pool season passes. Please remember, anyone planning to visit a City of Boise outdoor pool this summer will need a season pass to enter a pool facility. Infants under the age of six months can visit the city’s four outdoor pools this summer with a parent or guardian who is a pass holder free of charge.

Pool season passes will be available for purchase by pool location (Example: Borah Pool Season Pass, Fairmont Pool Season Pass etc.) and will be listed as such in the city’s registration system. Customers should purchase a pass for the pool location they plan to visit most frequently throughout the season, keeping in mind that no matter which pool you purchase a pass for, you will be able to book swimming sessions at all four municipal pools.

Anyone who plans to use the Hydrotube slide at the Natatorium Pool this summer will need to purchase a separate Hydrotube pass for an additional $5. This one-time purchase can be completed at the same time a pool season pass is purchased.

Pool closing dates will vary by location. More information will be posted as decisions are made.

A modified swim team clinic will be offered this season. View webpage to learn more.

Pool Capacity and Schedules

All four pools will operate at 75 percent capacity to allow for physical distancing at all times.

Each pool will have a daily schedule to accommodate various age groups and activities:

  • Preschool splash times (under six years old) will be offered daily from 10 a.m. to noon at Ivywild and the Natatorium.
  • Lap swim hours (ages 16 and over) will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon daily at all four pools with varying accommodations.
  • Open swim will be broken into two-hour time blocks from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Capacity limits vary by pool and session.

There will be no re-entry once visitors leave the pool.

Health and Safety Protocols

Visitors are required to keep a safe distance of six feet between themselves and others outside their immediate household at all times. Decals will be placed at pool facility entrances and wherever lines form to promote physical distancing. In addition, all shared equipment including chairs and tables will be placed in designated spots and cannot be moved.

Visitors should plan to arrive at the pools with their swimsuit on. Locker room use will be limited to the restrooms during the 2021 season for everyone’s safety.

There will be a 30-minute break between each two-hour swim session for cleaning and sanitizing. Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available at all four pools throughout the 2021 season. Water fountains will be available for filling bottles only.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work closely with state and local health officials, including Central District Health, to update health and safety protocols throughout the summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which outdoor municipal pools will be open in 2021?

2. Will there be a limit on how many pool season passes will be sold?

No, there will be availability for everyone to be able to purchase a pass who wants to swim this season.

3. Do I need to buy a season pass for each pool I plan to visit?

You will purchase a season pass for the primary pool you plan to visit. For example, if you purchase a Borah Pool adult season pass because that is the pool you plan to visit the most, you will still be able to use your swim pass to visit any of the pools.

5. How do I buy a pass?

Pool season passes for 2021 are now on sale. You can purchase online using the department’s online registration system, over the phone by calling (208) 608-7675 or in-person by visiting Fort Boise Community Center (700 Robbins Rd.) or the Boise Parks and Recreation Administration Office (1104 W. Royal Blvd.) during normal business hours.

6. Why are you only opening four pools? Why not open all six?

The city is focused on staffing and operating the four largest and most frequently visited outdoor pools during the summer of 2021 with health and safety protocols in place. South and Lowell Pools will remain closed in 2021 and while they are not in use, Boise Parks and Recreation will complete a series of electrical and structural assessments of each facility. We will continue to communicate with the community as this process is completed.

7. Will there be Swim Team this year?

Boise Parks and Recreation will host a modified Swim Team Clinic in 2021. The program will be open to youth ages 9 to 18-years-old. Due to capacity limits, swimmers who participate in year-round competitive swimming are not eligible for Swim Team Clinic this summer. Space is limited and only inter-squad competition will be allowed due to health and safety protocols in place for the 2021 season.

Registration for Boise residents started Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 for non-residents. Anyone planning to register for Swim Team should sign-up for an account through the Boise Parks and Recreation online registration system.

For more information on this year’s modified program, click here.

8. My child turns 9-years-old in July (or later in the year), can I still register them for swim team?

Children must be 9-years-old as of June 1 to be eligible for 2021 Swim Team Clinic. We apologize for any inconvenience.​

9. Are there swimming lessons this year? 

Due to limited capacity and strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, no swimming lessons will be offered in 2021.

10. Will there be lap swim?

Lap swim hours (age 16 and over) will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon daily at all four pools with varying accommodations.

11. Will there be preschool splash times in 2021?

Yes, preschool splash times (under six years old) will be offered daily from 10 a.m. to noon at Ivywild and the Natatorium.

12. Do seniors get a discount?

Adults over the age of 65 can now sign up for a free pool season pass. This is in line with our previous policy that allowed adults age 65 and over to attend lap swim at no charge. Please keep in mind, everyone who plans to visit a City of Boise municipal pool this summer will need a pool season pass and will have to register in advance for pool time (including lap swim hours at all four pools). No walk-up entry will be available this summer.

13. Do I need to buy a pool season pass for my child?

Infants under the age of six months can enter a pool facility with a parent or guardian who is a season pass holder free of charge. Children over the age of six months need their own pool season pass to enter a pool facility in 2021.

14. Where can I get information about job openings at the pools this summer including lifeguards?

The Boise Parks and Recreation team is hiring for a variety of positions to operate and manage the pools this summer. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the City of Boise’s Human Resources webpage to view current openings.

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