We need to get outside.
That may not sound very appealing right now with our afternoon temperatures stuck well over 100 degrees for the foreseeable future, but we are not meant to be cooped up for long periods of time.
We need to inhale fresh air and catch a few rays (cautiously, with sunscreen) to lift our fitness and our spirits.
We have faced this dilemma in Pinal County since time immemorial, and our cure for cabin fever is more pools. Communities large and small maintain public pools for residents and visitors to cool off in during our oven season, most with water slides and some with splash pads.
So even if you don’t have a lagoon of your own, there’s no reason not to get your kicks in the wavelength of a perfect pool!
Here is a comprehensive list of public pools that can be found throughout the county; but do call ahead to verify hours and admission fees, especially if it’s going to be kind of a haul to get where you’re going.
In many cases pools operate with reduced hours starting mid-July, which are reflected in this listing.
Palm Island Family Aquatic Park (Casa Grande)
1115 N. Brown Ave.
Saturday & Sunday only: noon-5 p.m.
- Open swim — $1 for children ages 3-17; $2 for adults
- Family swim — $3 per family of four, $0.75 for each additional person
- Lap swim — Community Recreation Center Member, free; Nonmember: $2
Coolidge Aquatic Center
860 W. Northern Ave.
Tuesday-Sunday: 1:15-5:15 p.m.
- Open swim — $2 for children ages 3-17; $4 for adults
Eloy Aquatic Center
420 E. 1st St.
520.466.7351, Ext. 3
Friday-Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
- $1 for children under 18
- $1.50 for adults
Florence Aquatic Center
174 W. 1st St.
Open swim hours Saturday & Sunday only: 1-5 p.m.
- $2 for children 6 months-17 years
- $4 for adults
Kearny Community Swimming Pool
912-D Tilbury Drive
Open daily for $3.75 per person:
- Adult swim, 7-9 a.m.
- Kids’ swim, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Adult swim, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Night swim, 7-9 p.m.
Copper Sky Aquatic Center (Maricopa)
44345 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. 520.316.4600
Lap swim Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, closed
Day passes for Copper Sky Multigenerational Center
- $5 for youth/student residents; $6 nonresident
- $10 for adult resident, $13 nonresidents
- $8 for senior resident, $10 nonresident
Town of Superior Community Pool
and Aquatic Center
234 Golf Course Road
Monday: noon-7 p.m.
Tuesday: noon-5 p.m.; adult swim 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: noon-7 p.m.
Thursday: noon-5 p.m.; adult swim 5-6:30 p.m.
Friday: noon-7 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
- $1 for children
- $3 for adults
- $2 for seniors