New programming, drop-in access for Medgar Evers and Rainier Beach pools

A dozen swimmers enjoying an indoor pool surrounded by windows

Updated June 27, 2021: Temporary closure of Rainier Beach Pool – Due to unsafe, dangerous pool deck temperatures, Rainier Beach Community Center Pool must close for the rest of today – Sunday June 27 – and Monday June 28. Pool staff will be redeployed to beaches. The Rainier Beach Community Center cooling center will remain open until 8:00pm tonight. On Tuesday the situation will be re-evaluated and hopefully the pool will open for lap swimming and independent water fitness as before.

Medgar Evers and Rainier Beach pools are making some changes to expand pool access starting June 21st. Both pools opened to lap and independent fitness swimming in April, with pre-registration required for entry. Beginning June 21st, both pools will add recreational swimming to their programming, and pre-registration for access to swims will no longer be required or offered. Instead, all sessions (which remain at reduced capacity) will be available for in person drop-in admission only, on a first come, first served basis. Admission for all swims will be sold 15 minutes prior to each session. Please keep in mind that there is a maximum capacity to swims and swims may sell out.  

Schedule for Medgar Evers swims
Schedule for Rainier Beach swims

Please do not come to the pool if you have COVID symptoms, have recently tested positive or have recently been exposed. Maintain 6 feet between your family and others while waiting in line, and within the facility. Masks must be worn when not swimming. A health screening, which includes a temperature check, will be done as you enter the facility.

For Recreation Swims:  All youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. All young children under 6 years of age and less than 4 feet tall must be accompanied by an adult in the water within arm’s reach.  

Swimming lessons will not be offered this summer.  

We encourage everyone who plans to swim regularly to update their Seattle Parks account and purchase a 10-swim pass online prior to the start of the season. This will simplify your ticket purchase and save you money! If you have ever purchased a swim pass, signed up for lessons or rented the pool, you already have an account. You can log-in with your email here. If you do not have a password, enter your email, and click “forgot password.”  

PLEASE NOTE: We are not offering the 30 Day Passes as in past seasons.  We will resume 30 Day Pass usage when operations return to normal in the future.  

two lifeguards watch over a few swimmers in an indoor pool