City of Boise Outdoor Pools Will Not Open in 2020

May 1, 2020

After careful consideration, leaders from the City of Boise and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department have made the tough decision not to open the city’s municipal swimming pools this year.

Uncertainty surrounding the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), public safety, and cost evaluations based on a shortened season all factored into the decision.

“The health and safety of our residents is important – and this was a very tough call,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “After taking into consideration the continued protocols surrounding physical distancing and limited group gatherings that will be in place for the foreseeable future, and understanding the impact that would have on our admissions and fiscal accountability, we believe it is the right decision for the city and the community. We know this is disappointing news for many families and we look forward to reopening safely in 2021.”

The city owns and operates six outdoor pools throughout Boise:

  • Borah Pool (801 Aurora Dr.)
  • Fairmont Pool (7929 W. Northview St.)
  • Ivywild Pool (2250 S. Leadville Ave.)
  • Lowell Pool (1601 N. 28th St.)
  • Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube (1725 E. Warm Springs Ave.)
  • South Pool (921 S. Shoshone St.)

The decision not to open pools in 2020 means there will be no Youth Summer Recreational Swim Team. In addition, the department will not be offering any swimming lessons in 2020.

For the latest updates on City of Boise facilities and other COVID-19 information, visit

Contact: Parks and Recreation Media Relations

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