A guide to public swimming pools, water parks in San Diego

The William Wagner Aquatic Center at El Corazon in Oceanside has a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, and more.

The William Wagner Aquatic Center at El Corazon in Oceanside has a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, instructional pool, splash pad, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a large multi-purpose events center, locker rooms, and viewing areas. Here, the Mission Hills High School boys water polo team works out at the pool on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

There are 17 cities in the county, not including San Diego, and most have at least one public pool for residents.

Carlsbad: The city of Carlsbad has two public pool locations. The Alga Norte Aquatic Center is open seven days a week and costs $5 for adults and $3 for youth to use the facilities, which includes a 56-meter competition pool with viewing bleachers, a 25-yard 12-lane instruction pool, a warm water spa for adults and a splash pad for children. The second is at the Monroe Street Pool, and it has a 25-meter pool and a shallow play area. For hours and locations check the city’s website.

Chula Vista: At the Parkway Aquatic Center in Chula Vista, guests can swim and play in the 25-yard, six-lane lap pool. It is heated and has a shallow area for recreational swimming and water fitness. Day passes are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children. Hours vary based on day and programs. Chula Vista also has the Loma Verde Aquatic Center, but it’s under construction for remodel.

Coronado: In Coronado there is an aquatics center, but it is closed for repairs as of July 26. Updates can be found here.

El Cajon: The Fletcher Hills Community Center and Pool has open swim times from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It costs $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Escondido: The city of Escondido has two public pool centers, the James A Stone pool and the Washington Park Pool. Each location has open swim times and swimming programs with entry fees starting at $5 per visit. For hours and locations check recreation.escondido.org/aquatics.

Imperial Beach: Residents in Imperial Beach can visit Mar Vista High School and use its pool during non-school instructional hours thanks to a recent agreement with the Sweetwater Union High School District and Imperial Beach.

La Mesa: The city of La Mesa has its own municipal pool and spa, but it’s currently closed as of July 26, due to mechanical failure. To get updates on when it will reopen, check the city of La Mesa’s website.

National City: The Las Palmas Pool is closed for construction until further notice as of July 27.

Oceanside: The city of Oceanside currently has two aquatic centers and the Brooks Street Swim Center which is closed for renovation. The Marshall Street Swim Center offers a six-lane, 25-yard heated pool that costs $4 during lap swimming and $3 for recreational swim times. The William A. Wagner Aquatic Center has a 56-meter competition pool with one- and three-meter diving boards, an instructional pool and a splash pad. The entrance fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For hours and locations click here.

Poway: Residents can visit the Poway Community Swim Center. It has a 50-meter by 25-yard pool with one-and three-meter diving boards, open swim areas and lap swimming lanes. Poway residents can use the facilities for $4 and nonresidents can access for $8. Open swimming hours vary by day. For a complete listing go here.

San Marcos: The city of San Marcos has two city pools, the Las Posas Pool and the Woodland Pool. It costs $4 to use each and open swimming is from noon to 6 p.m. every day.

Santee: Residents of Santee can use the Cameron Family YMCA. Amenities include a 25-meter by 25-yard training pool, an activity pool with a play structure, a waterslide, a water exercise area, locker rooms and more. The fee for Santee residents is $4 per day.

Solana Beach: The city of Solana Beach does not operate its own public pool, but residents can visit the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

Vista: Residents in Vista can visit the Wave Waterpark located at 101 Wave Drive. Find more info on this aquatic center below under water parks.

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