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Where to Swim in Plano

Now that the weather is warmer the pools across Plano will be opening soon. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard then you need to start looking ahead at some of our local pools in the area. There are a few spreads across town and several more in surrounding areas. Here’s a look at the public pools in Plano.

photo credit: Plano Parks and Rec

Plano Aquatic Center

Indoor pool and outdoor splash pad for kids. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and up. Hours are M-F 11am-3pm, Sat/Sun 1-6pm. Call before to check on summer hours. (972) 769-4232 This is a great place to take swimming lessons and also a nice place to rent out for a birthday party!

Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

photo credit Plano Parks and Rec

They offer a lot of pool areas including an adult leisure pool, lazy river, indoor pool, and outdoor pool.  $3 for ages 3-15 and $6 for adults 16 and over.

They have several hours of operation because of lessons so call first to make sure they are open to the public (972) 769-4404  M-F 5am-10 pm (closed some during the morning for lessons) and Sat-Sun 10am-6 pm.

Kids will love the slides, splash area, and pools here! The inside is great too!

Oak Point Pool and Rec center

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Jack Carter Pool

Jack Carter Pool has a dual rider tube slide, body slide, lazy river, deep water pool with platform diving and a climbing wall, Flow Rider surf simulator, tot pool, leisure pool with some lap lanes, wet deck areas, spray features, rentable party areas, and concessions. Daily admission is $5 for children (ages 3-15) and $9 for adults. Mon – Sun Noon-8 pm

This will open for weekends on May 27. The pool will be open from Daily June 5 – Aug. 18.

Harry Rowlinson Community Natatorium

Rowlinson Natatorium is an indoor 25-yard facility with deep and shallow water training areas and a zero depth entry ramp in the shallow area. It is open weekends during the summer season and for scheduled classes only during fall, winter, and spring. It’s free and the hours are Summer hours begin Weekends May 27 – Sept. 3
Summer hours: Sat/Sun 1pm-5pm

(photo credit: www.thetexaspool.org)

The Texas Pool

The Texas Pool is a historic salt water pool shaped like Texas! It’s a membership-based community pool with slides and diving boards. It’s a great place for parties or just a day of fun in the sun. It opens Memorial Day Weekend!

With all these great pools around town, the hardest part will be deciding which one to try first! We also like to inform Plano Moms about pool safety.

Please see our following Top 5 Safety Tips for Pools and Swimming:

Swimming can be a fun summer activity for children of all ages. Playing in the public pool or at the community water park can provide the opportunity for quality family time with your kids. Sadly, thousands of children die or are injured each year in preventable swimming accidents.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 300 children under age five drown in pools and spas each year. And, more than 3,200 children are hospitalized due to pool-and-spa-related injuries.

Learn public pool safety tips and guidelines to help keep your child safe in the water.

1. Be Informed

First and foremost, staying alert and educated will help keep your child safe in the water. Share safety instructions with babysitters and neighbors to prevent injury or drowning.

2. Be Alert

Never leave your child unattended at a public pool or spa. Constant supervision is an extremely important step to make sure your child is safe.

Drownings can happen in the blink of an eye and typically occur when there’s a lapse in adult supervision.

Never multitask while your child is swimming. Talking on the phone, sun-bathing, reading a book or magazine — these all take your eyes away from watching your child, who can become injured in minutes if left unsupervised. As an extra precaution, always keep a cell phone close by.

3. Practice Water Safety

According to CPSC, drownings and close calls are eight times more likely to occur in children who don’t know how to swim.

Make sure that you learn how to swim. Engage young children with interactive online games to educate them about pool and water safety.

Any child who is an inexperienced swimmer should wear an approved flotation device before entering the water. Shallow sections should be roped off and designated as safe areas for anyone who isn’t an experienced swimmer.

Be sure that the pool area is fenced off to prevent small children from falling into the water, and that there is a locking, self-closing gate.

4. Know the Danger of Drain Entrapments

Drain entrapments are often the result of a swimmer’s hair, limbs, clothing, or jewelry getting tangled in a faulty drain. Never let your child play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools. Entrapment caused by powerful suction from a pool or spa’s drain can trap a child.

Ensure that public pools and spas have compliant drain covers. Do not use a pool or spa if there are flat, broken, or missing drain covers.

Children’s public wading pools, pools designed for young children, and in-ground spas that have flat drain grates and single main drain systems pose the greatest risk of entrapment.

Also be sure that life-saving equipment, such as life rings or reaching poles, are available for use.

5. Stay Educated

Teach your child basic water safety tips, and practice them yourself. Make sure that everyone in your family learns to swim. Your entire family can enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses to be prepared and safe in the water.

Understand the basics of CPR and other life-saving skills. Take CPR and first-aid courses, and continue to update your training through programs offered by the American Red Cross.

Shannon

Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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