2021 Pool Information

PURCHASE A pool season PASS

Sales of season passes to use the City of Boise’s four outdoor municipal pools opening this summer will start at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 26. 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) 608-7680.

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) 608-7680.

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 make advanced reservations and 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.

An opening date for the summer pool season has not been set. The date will depend on a variety of factors including staffing and maintenance needed to get the pools ready. Pools will be open through Labor Day weekend, closing Monday, September 6.

No decision has been made about hosting a modified Swim Team this season. Boise Parks and Recreation will share more information as soon as it is available.

Time-Blocks and Advanced Reservations

Once an opening date is announced, season pass holders will be able to reserve swimming time in two-hour blocks at Borah Pool, Fairmont Pool, Ivywild Pool and the Natatorium & Hydrotube using Boise Parks and Recreation’s online registration system. Customers who do not already have a registered account through the city’s registration software system will want to set one up to reserve swimming sessions this summer. Boise Parks and Recreation will communicate additional information directly with pool season pass holders related to advanced booking and pool entry ahead of opening day. Thank you for your patience as details are worked out.

Season pass holders will be able to reserve a time-block for themselves or members of their household throughout the summer season. Reservations will be required to swim in 2021 and must be made through a registered account online or over the phone by calling (208) 608-7680. Walk-up visits will not be accepted on site.

New customer? Sign-up for an account here.

Pool Capacity and Schedules

All four pools will operate at 50 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 during their reserved swim session.

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; however, you only need one pass to reserve swimming time at all four pools this summer. 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 book two-hour blocks to swim at Fairmont, Ivywild or the Natatorium throughout the summer.

4. How do I buy a pass?

Pool season passes for 2021 will go on sale Monday, April 26 at 8 a.m. You can purchase online using the department’s registration software, over the phone by calling (208) 608-7680 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.

5. 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.

6. Are there swimming lessons this year? What about Swim Team?

Due to limited capacity and strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, no swimming lessons will be offered in 2021. No decision has been made about hosting a modified Swim Team this season. Boise Parks and Recreation will share more information as soon as it is available.

7. When will the pools open? 

An opening date for pool season has not been set and will depend on several factors including pool maintenance and staffing. We will continue to communicate updates as the season approaches.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Do seniors get a discount?

Adults over the age of 65 can sign up for a free pool season pass starting on April 26. 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.

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

Infants under the age of six month 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.

12. 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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