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.