Best Public Pools In Orange County

July 23, 2017 5:00 AM

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Pools serve different purposes for different people. Kids like nothing more than splashing in a pool in the summer while many adults like to jump in the pool as a way to stay in shape. Whatever your reason for jumping in the pool, here are some of the best pools in Orange County that are open to the public.
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Pearson Park and Pool
400 N. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-5191
www.anaheim.net

Pearson Park is a place where you can take your whole family and stay for a few hours. The park has a playground, sand volleyball, tennis courts and after enjoying any of those activities on a summer day, you can go swimming in the pool. You won’t find people swimming laps here though. The pool is just for kids and adults to sit back and relax.

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(credit: Vito Palmisano/Getty Images)


Crown Valley Community Park
29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 425-5100
www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/index.aspx?nid=640

Crown Valley Community Park adjoins the YMCA, and while it is largely used for aquatics – especially diving – it also has times where the pool is open to the public. If you’re an adult and you want to swim laps, there are available times on weekdays and weekends. The salt-water pool also has times available to all ages for recreational swimming on weekdays and weekends. There is a small fee to use the pool. You can either pay by the visit or buy an annual pass to use this pool.

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Woollett Aquatics Center
4601 Walnut Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 724-6717
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/aquatics

Woollett Aquatics Center is the spot to go if you’re serious about swimming laps in the pool. Don’t expect any recreational swimming here, just people that use swimming to stay fit. Woollett has three sessions every weekday and one session on weekends where swimmers can do their laps. If you go to swim here, there is a small fee per visit. Annual passes are also available.

Related: OC’s Best Water Parks And Pools

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(credit: City of Irvine)


Waterworks Aquatics
25 Waterworks Way
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 450-0777
www.waterworksswim.com

Waterworks is known mostly as a swim school so if you’re looking for lessons for your kids, this is a great place to take them. However, if you want to get some exercise for yourself, Waterworks has times available for you to swim some laps. You’ll find times everyday where you can swim laps in an indoor or outdoor heated pool. You can pay per visit to Waterworks. Passes are also available for three, six or 12 months.

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(credit: Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center)


Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center
29 Santa Barbara Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 425-2559
www.alisoviejoaquaticscenter.com

When you head to the Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center for the first time, you might think you’ve taken a wrong turn because it looks like you’re headed straight into a neighborhood. The Aquatics Center is between a neighborhood and a golf course and is open from May until September. You can go here for recreational swimming with the kids or for a poolside birthday party. Fees are more for visitors that don’t live in Aliso Viejo. Monthly and family passes are available. Check the website for costs.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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