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The Best Places to Go Swimming in Abilene

Abilene swim club high dive
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

Abilene is very fortunate to have several great places to go swimming. The YMCA is now managing and staffing, all of the ‘City of Abilene‘ swimming pools as well as their own. I’ve assembled a list of awesome pools for you to cool off in, during the dog days of summer. Most pools will open May 31st, now here are The Best Places to Go Swimming in Abilene.

Abilene State Park – Pool

State Park Pool high dive
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The pool at the Abilene State Park is closed for repairs during the 2014 season. The other down side is that when the pool reopens in 2015, the high diving board will be removed. Built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it’s been the oldest and longest running swimming pool in the Big Country up until now.

For more about the Abilene State Park, visit their website.

Rose Park – Pool

Rose Park swimming pool
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

The YMCA manages the Rose Park pool. It’s apparent that the YMCA folks know what they’re doing, because the pools are always clean and available for private party rental after hours. Reservations can be made at Community Services, 633 Walnut. It’s open from 1pm till 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Rose Park Pool

  • Open Tuesday – Sundays
  • $2.00 admission for kids 6-12 years old
  • $4.00 for adults 13 and over
  • 5 and under free
  • Concessions available

Stevenson Park Pool

  • Closed for repairs, look for it to reopen in spring 2015

If you need more information, visit the City of Abilene website.


Abilene Swim Club

Abilene Swim Club high dive
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

The Abilene Swim Club is a “private members only” pool. However, non-members can swim but must be accompanied by a member. If you would like to be a member, there is a  waiting list.

The Swim Club pool is the “only” high dive in town now, this eight foot high diving board has lots of takers climbing the ladder. It also has a great kids slide and an awesome tree covered picnic area.

The Abilene Swim Club


The Dive Spot

The Dive Spot swimming pool
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

Abilene’s best kept secret, is a hot spot for swim lessons. Owners J. and Loraine Wilson are former high school swim coaches, nowadays they coach at Abilene Christian University and The Dive Spot. The pool has a kiddie-pool, sand volleyball court, tennis court, basketball goal and jungle gym with swings.

The Dive Spot


The YMCA Indoor Pools

YMCA South swimming pool
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

The YMCA has what it takes to run a pool, a great staff and awesome facilities. The indoor pools are great during cold/freezing weather. However, during 100 degree days, the ambient room temperature at the pool was just as hot as outside.

The YMCA Pools


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