By Amy Taylor
Nothing beats the rush of cool relief you get from jumping in a pool on a blistering hot day. Now that we’re in the thick of summer, you’ll want to know all the best places to swim. We have compiled them, so you can beat the heat without a second thought.
Pools in Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Triangle and Dale City
Birchdale Pool – 14730 Birchdale Ave., Dale City – This neighborhood pool has a diving board, full-service concessions and a gated baby pool for the little ones. This pool offers swimming lessons.
Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center – 13025 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William – This indoor swimming facility has two pools, two 12-person hot tubs, a diving board, an outdoor sun deck and two dry saunas. The main pool is heated and has eight 25-yard lanes for lap swimming plus a shallow water area for recreational swimming and lessons. The heated therapeutic/leisure pool has gradual entry, with a maximum depth of 3 feet 8 inches. The center offers free swim times, swimming lessons and lap swimming.
Graham Park Pool – 3511 Graham Park Rd., Triangle – This outdoor, zero-depth entry pool has a play area for the kids, featuring water spray and a dumping bucket. This pool also offers swimming lessons.
Hammill Mill Pool – 1721 Carter Ln., Woodbridge – This pool has great features if you have little ones. It has many small water slides and features for small children to splash in. This pool also offers swimming lessons.
Kids Choice Sport and Fun Center – 13000 Sport and Health Dr., Woodbridge – This indoor sports and play facility features an indoor pool where kids can swim during open play time or during one of their day camps. The center also hosts birthday parties.
Lake Ridge Community Swim Club – 12640 Harbor Dr., Lake Ridge – This private swim club requires a membership. Membership is open to residents of Lake Ridge, Woodbridge and the surrounding areas. The club offers open swim time, social events and swimming lessons.
Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center – 14300 Minnieville Rd., Dale City – This indoor pool is 25 yards long with a gradual entry ramp. The pool is heated and hosts open swim and lap swim times. After swimming, you can relax in the 16-person whirlpool. This location offers swimming lessons.
Veterans Park Pool and Waterslide – 14300 Veterans Dr., Woodbridge – This pool gives swimmers a few options to cool off. It offers slides, buckets and splash features to keep the kids entertained. This location also offers swimming lessons.
Waterworks Waterpark – 5301 Dale Blvd., Woodbridge – This waterpark offers a zero-depth entry pool with plenty of features to keep the whole family entertained. The park has an enclosed speed slide, circular open slide, children’s play structure, splash pad and jungle walk. They also offer swimming lessons.
Pools in Manassas and Manassas Park
Central Park Aquatic Center – 10371 Central Park Dr., Manassas – This indoor pool offers lifeguard training, masters swimming, swim lessons and competitive swimming. Central Park member Sheena Brown said, “What sets Central Park Aquatics Swim apart is their devotion to their students. They really take their time getting to know each student’s learning style and make group lessons feel like a one-on-one experience. The coaches here are always finding different ways to motivate the swimmers, and you can tell they truly have a passion for swimming.”
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center – 9100 Freedom Center Blvd., Manassas – The indoor pool inside this fitness center offers a wide range of classes as well as waterpark features like a slide, Vortex, current channel and tumble buckets. They have a leisure pool and competition pool, both with available recreation
swim hours. The center offers lifeguard lessons, water safety, swim lessons, and scuba lessons.
Manassas Park Community Center Indoor Pool – 99 Adams St., Manassas Park – “The pool at the Manassas Park Community Center is an NCAA short-course pool with eight 25-yard lanes and is heated to 82 degrees year-round. The pool was designed with accessibility in mind and includes a zero-depth entry where people with limited mobility can walk in and out of the pool rather than having to climb. We also have a 14-person hot tub next to the pool,” said Jason Shriner, marketing manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Manassas Park. “One of the nicest features of our pool is actually how often it is used for group exercise classes. Five days a week, we have a variety of aquatic group exercise classes, which helps people stay healthy regardless of fitness level. Plus, the resistance of water adds intensity to the exercises while still being easy on the joints.”
PWCS Aquatics Center – 13833 Dumfries Rd., Manassas – This indoor pool offers free swim, group and private swim lessons and American Red Cross Lifeguarding classes.
Signal Bay Waterpark – 9300 Signal View Dr. Manassas Park – “Signal Bay Waterpark is a 27,000 square-foot aquatic facility that is especially appealing to children 10 years of age and younger,” Shriner said. “For older children and adults, there is a lazy river, which encircles the entire waterpark. This year, we’ve added another rental area to accommodate even more birthday parties as we sell out of birthday party packages every year. Concessions are available at the waterpark, and patrons are invited to bring their own food and drink as well.”
SplashDown Waterpark – 7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr., Manassas – This is one of Northern Virginia’s biggest
waterparks. It features water slides for every level thrill-seeker. The Pipeline Tower is a two-slide tower that is four stories high, with one enclosed and one open slide. The Cannonball slide launches you so that you get enough airtime to make a huge splash. The Tropical Twister is a smaller thrill slide with lots of twists and turns. For younger kids, there are four little waterslides and a play area with fountains and bubblers. You can relax on the award-winning lazy river or splash in one of the pools. This location also offers swimming lessons.
Stonewall Park Pool – 8351 Stonewall Rd., Manassas – This public pool has a new splash pad with 15 aquatic features, an outdoor pool and plenty of shade to relax in. It offers American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs.
Urbanna Swim Club – 8030 Urbanna Rd., Manassas – This private, outdoor pool offers special events, swim team for children ages 6 to 18 and Wi-Fi to its members.
No matter where you decide to swim, we wish you a summer full of fun and safety at our local pools.
Amy Taylor ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and editor. She earned her BLS in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.