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Where Can You Swim Now: 7 Pools Open For Lap Swimming

It’s getting hot; cool off and swim some laps in Walnut Creek, Concord, Morgan Hill, San Ramon, and El Cerrito.
By - posted 7/11/2020 No Comment

With temperatures rising all across The Bay, you may be looking for a place to cool off and go for a dip. Unfortunately, the vast majority of pools are closed around the Bay Area due to COVID-19, but we’ve found a few places where you can still get in the water.

Pools aren’t yet open for recreational swimming, but if you want to take your fitness regime to the water, we’ve rounded up the best places to swim some laps.

Have we missed any? Let us know and we’ll add any we’ve missed.

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek’s Clarke Swim Center is an Olympic size, 20 lane lap pool. It’s open for public lap swimming by reservation only. Patrons may use reserved lanes for Lap Swim, Water Exercise, or Water Walking. Unfortunately, space is not available for recreational swimming. Normally, there’s a diving pool with 1 meter springboard and a children’s wading pool, but both are currently closed. Reservations are available one week in advance. Make a reservation.


The Concord Community Pool is 50 meter/ 25 yard lap pool, heated to a comfortable 80 degrees. Lap Swim is available by registration. Register for a 45 minute lap swim time. Swimmers will be required to adhere to specific requirements. Recreational swimming is not currently offered. Make a reservation.

San Ramon

San Ramon has two public pools that are open for lap swimming by reservation.

San Ramon Olympic Pool

The San Ramon Olympic Pool has a 50 Meter Olympic Pool and a 25 Yard Lap Pool both available for lap swimming or water walking. Normally, there’s also a waterslide and an Aquatic Park play pool, but they’re both closed for now. Make a reservation.

Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center

The Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center has a 50 Meter Olympic Pool (and also a Aquatic Park play pool that’s currently closed). Make a reservation.

El Cerrito

The El Cerrito Swim Center is 25 yards x 25 meters, and is heated to 79F. It’s open for lap swimming, water walking, and independent exercise by reservation. Normally, there’s an Activity Pool and a waterslide, but they’re currently closed. Please note, they mention their online reservation system is complicated. Review their online registration instruction page before making reservations. Make a reservation.

Morgan Hill

The Morgan Hill Aquatics Center has two heated pools that are open for lap swimming, aqua fitness classes, swim team, and private swimming lessons. The Aquatics Center Competition Pool is 50 meters and the Instructional Pool is 25 yards. The complex looks very impressive in normal times with multiple waterslides, four heated pools, beach entry, diving boards, and a big water sprayground. Unfortunately, recreational swimming is not available currently. Reservations are recommended for members, but non-members may show up if there’s availability and pay a drop-in fee.

Rohnert Park

The Honeybee Pool is open for lap swimming only by reservation. Make a reservation online or call (707) 588-3456.