Find your oasis at Yakima Valley pools this summer | Local


Need to beat the heat this summer? Luckily, there are plenty of pools, aquatic centers and splash parks in the Yakima Valley. Here’s an overview:

Yakima Pools

• Lions Pool (509 W. Pine St.) is open weekdays during the summer..

The indoor pool offers lap swimming and water walking Mondays-Fridays from 6-8 a.m., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Recreational swim is offered from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays.

A full schedule is available online at Entrance fees vary by age and group size and can be found online. It will be closed on July 4 and Aug. 7-18 for annual maintenance.

Franklin Pool (2102 Tieton Drive) will open Tuesday, June 18. The outdoor pool is open for recreational swimming Mondays-Fridays from 12:30-8 p.m., and Saturdays-Sundays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. It is open for lap swimming and water walking Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon.

The pool will have its annual Paws in the Pool event on Sunday, Aug. 18. Dogs will be allowed in the pool from 2-4 p.m. for free, but owners must pay the admission price.

Lions and Franklin pools also offer swim lessons and other classes, including Aquacise and Aqua Zumba, in the summer. More information is available online at

The water play park at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (South Eighth and Beech streets) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park also has a playground, picnic area and basketball and tennis courts. 

The Miller Park spray park (502 N. Fourth St.) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It also features a picnic area, playground and basketball courts nearby.

The Yakima YMCA Rotary Aquatic Center (3800 River Road) is open daily and available to the public. Among its offerings are recreational and lap swimming, aquatic classes and a lazy river. A full schedule is available online at

More information on water fitness classes, swimming lessons and other activities is available online at

The Downtown Yakima YMCA pool is currently closed to the public.

Upper Valley pools

• Selah’s Bruce Buchanan Memorial Aquatic Center (214 S. Third St.) opened June 7. Recreational swim is 1-3:45 p.m. every day. A second open swim session is also available Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. The pool also offers lap swimming from as early as 5:30 a.m. to as late as 6:30 p.m., swim lessons and water aerobics. A full schedule and admission prices, which vary by age and activity, is available online at

• The Moxee Pool (North Iler Street near Moxee City Park) will open Saturday, June 15. It offers open swim at varying sessions between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; and between 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and July 4. Admission is $3 per person per session.

For more information on the pool, including swim lessons, visit

• The Naches Swimming Pool (105 Fourth St.) opened June 10. Open swim is from 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Admission costs $5 per person and $3 for young children and seniors.

Season passes and swim lessons are also available. More information is available online at

Lower Valley pools

Wapato’s pool is closed this summer. 

• The Toppenish Pool (20 Asotin Ave.) opened the weekend of June 8-9 for open swim all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends following will be for private party use. 

Starting June 10, the pool will be open weekdays with open swimming from 6-8 p.m. After June 17, the pool expand hours, being open from 6-7 a.m., swim lessons from 9-11:45 a.m., and various public use until 9 p.m.

General admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children younger than 13. More information is available online at

• The Granger Splash Park (Main City Park area on Main and East Third streets) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• The Sunnyside Pool (559 S. Fourth St.) will be open to the public Monday through Saturday this summer, starting June 15 until Aug. 10.

Open swim sessions are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Lap swimming is from 4-5 p.m. Family swims are from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Admission is $4 for people older than 13 and $3 for ages 3-12. Children younger than 3 get in free.

More information is available online at

• The Grandview Pool (601 W. Second St.) opens for daily use June 12. Open swim is 1-4 p.m. and family swim is from 6-8 p.m. Swim lessons are offered. For more information, visit

Regional pools

• The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool in Ellensburg (815 E. Sixth Ave.) will offer lap swimming daily in the mornings, early afternoons and evenings. Recreational swim is open from 7-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-2:30 p.m. Sundays, with family discounts available during certain sessions. For a full schedule and list of fees, visit the pool’s website at

• The Prosser Aquatic Center is open daily. Open swim is from 12:30-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and noon to 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Seniors swim for free on Saturdays from 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

More information, including fees and a full schedule, is available online at


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