Aquatics Facilities

When the weather heats up, cool off in one of the City's outdoor or indoor pools.

Page updated on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:38 AM
Chinquapin Pool(1)

Rixse Indoor Pool

Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility
3210 King St.
703.746.5553 (FOR TICKETS: 703.746.6909)

Year-round 25 meter Indoor Pool & Diving Well; Locker Rooms; Party Packages; Aquatics, Sports & Fitness Classes; Men's & Women's Saunas; and Free WiFi. Please see the "Pool Admissions and Tickets" section below instructions on how to reserve tickets. 



Memorial PoolMemorial Pool 

Charles Houston Recreation Center
901 Wythe St.
703.746.6998 (for tickets: 703.746.6909)

This small pool with a beach entry and spray features is ideal for families with young children and adults seeking therapeutic benefits. Admission wristbands must be purchased inside the Recreation Center and is limited to 45 participants at any one time. Operating hours and fees are subject to change.  For additional outdoor pool information including swim classes, group reservations, season passes, and financial assistance, please call 703.746.5414

The 2020 summer outdoor pool season will take place July 1 through Labor Day.

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open for diving, exercise, and instruction, with lap swimming limited to three persons per lane and family open swim permitted when ten feet of physical distance is maintained between swimmers not of the same household. Swimmers must always maintain ten feet of physical distance unless necessary to protect the physical safety of the swimmer. 

Memorial Pool will be open for scheduled programming with limited availability for swimming. Please see the "Pool Admissions and Tickets" section below for lottery information. General admission fees apply and passes remain suspended throughout the summer.


Pool Jumping Kids 313x313Old Town Pool

1609 Cameron St.
703.746.6999 (FOR TICKETS: 703.746.6909)

This complex includes a eight lane 25-yard lap pool with a diving well. A separate training pool is available for children up to 42 inches in height. Easily accessible for disabled, the training pool has a water depth range of 1-3 feet. For added convenience, a parking lot, picnic area and a tot playground are adjacent to the pool. Operating hours and fees are subject to change.  For additional outdoor pool information including swim classes, group reservations, season passes, and financial assistance, please call 703.746.5414.   

The 2020 summer outdoor pool season will take place July 1 through Labor Day. 

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open for diving, exercise, and instruction, with lap swimming limited to three persons per lane and family open swim permitted when ten feet of physical distance is maintained between swimmers not of the same household. Swimmers must always maintain ten feet of physical distance unless necessary to protect the physical safety of the swimmer. 

Old Town Pool will offer ticketed entry for lap swimming from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and a lottery system for family open swim time slots. Advanced reservation is required. Please see the "Pool Admissions and Tickets" section below. General admission fees apply and passes remain suspended throughout the summer.


Warwick Pool 313x313 imageWarwick Pool

3301 Landover St.
571.312.8470 (FOR TICKETS: 703.746.6909)

This complex includes a six lane 25-yard lap pool with an accessible ramp entry. The water depth ranges from 0 to 5 feet. For added convenience, the Landover Street playground is adjacent to the pool. Operating hours and fees are subject to change. For additional outdoor pool information including swim classes, group reservations, season passes, and financial assistance, please call 703.746.5414

The 2020 summer outdoor pool season will take place July 1 through Labor Day. 

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open for diving, exercise, and instruction, with lap swimming limited to three persons per lane and family open swim permitted when ten feet of physical distance is maintained between swimmers not of the same household. Swimmers must always maintain ten feet of physical distance unless necessary to protect the physical safety of the swimmer. 

Due to staffing shortage, Warwick Pool is closed until further notice.


Pool Admissions & Tickets

LAP swimming

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, lap swimming and water walking are permitted with three individuals maximum per lane. A maximum of one ticket per day can be reserved per person. Non-residents may reserve tickets at Chinquapin's Rixse Pool only.

Tickets: Advanced reservation is required for entry; tickets can be purchased online. For additional assistance, or to reserve a ticket over the phone, call 703.746.6909. Tickets will be released as follows: 

  • Thursday, July 30 at 9 a.m.: tickets released for week of Monday, August 3 through Sunday, August 9.
  • Thursday, August 6 at 9 a.m.: tickets released for week of Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 16.
  • Thursday, August 13 at 9 a.m.: tickets released for week of Monday, August 17 through Sunday, August 23
  • Thursday, August 20 at 9 a.m.: tickets released for week of Monday, August 24 through Sunday, August 30.
  • Thursday, August 27 at 9 a.m.: tickets released for week of Monday, August 31 through Monday, September 7.

FAMILY OPEN SWIMFamily Open Swim

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, family open swim is permitted with ten feet physical distance maintained between swimmers not of the same household. 

Lottery System: In an effort to provide equitable access to family open swim time slots at outdoor pools, an online lottery system has been established to replace the previous first-come, first-served ticketing system. Time slots may be requested between 12 a.m. on Thursdays and 11:59 p.m. on Fridays for swim times the following Monday through Sunday. Because of the limited capacity, Alexandria households may request one family open swim time slot per week until Warwick Pool is able to reopen. Weekly updates will be provided on Wednesdays about the time slots available for the following week. Each Saturday, all requests will be will be processed through a lottery, and households will receive an email notifying whether they have been enrolled or added to a waitlist for their requested time slot. Each confirmed request reserves 45 minutes of swimming time and accommodates four people per family unit at Old Town Pool. Swimmer admission fees are due upon arrival at the pool. 

Households that are on the waitlist will be notified if their time slot becomes available. Please call 703.746.6909 to cancel your registration if you are enrolled for a time slot and can no longer attend so that others may enjoy the pool. Households that do not cancel and do not show up for their time slot will be contacted and may not be permitted for future time slots in 2020.  

For additional assistance, or to reserve a ticket over the phone, call 703.746.6909

What to expect when you come to the pool

  • Arrival – Please arrive ten minutes early. Wear a face mask unless a medical condition prevents you from doing so. A staff member will greet you and conduct a health screening. Once screened, proceed to the front desk, state your name, and show your ticket (on your phone or printed) or complete your payment if needed.

  • Locker Rooms – For the safety of all customers, please come with your swimwear already on to prevent prolonged use of the locker room. Toilets will still be available; however, showers are closed. You may bring your personal items to the pool deck instead of using lockers – items may be placed near your lane.
  • Lane or Zone Assignment – Stop when you reach the pool deck. A lifeguard will greet you. If you have a lap swim ticket, please let the lifeguard know your preference (water walking, slow swim, medium swim, fast swim, or diving well), and they will assign you to a lane. There is a maximum of three swimmers per lane for lap swimming; please circle swim if you have three swimmers in your lane. If you have a family open swim ticket, the lifeguard will assign your family to a shallow zone.

  • Equipment – You are encouraged to bring your own swim equipment, if possible (please, no large pool floats or non-Coast Guard approved flotation devises, such as water wings). If you would like to borrow an item, please let the lifeguard know before you get in the pool, and they will get it for you. All pools have life jackets available. Equipment available at Chinquapin: kickboards (youth and adult), aqua aerobics noodles, ankle weights, aqua jogger belts, pull buoys, and aqua barbells and dumbbells.
  • Masks – Face masks are not allowed in the water, as they present a choking/drowning hazard when wet. Please wear your mask to and from the pool deck, and remove it before getting in the water. You can keep your mask dry by placing it in your gym bag or bringing a plastic container for it (such as a sandwich bag or food container).

  • Inclement Weather – In the event of inclement weather that closes the pool, you will receive a household credit for your cancelled swim ticket.
  • Exit – A lifeguard will blow the whistle to mark the end of your 45-minute swim. Please towel off on the deck rather than returning to the locker room. On your way out, please drop off any borrowed equipment on the pool deck – lifeguards will disinfect it. Thank you for your help preventing the spread of COVID-19 by showering at home.


OUTDOOR POOL DAILY TICKET FEES

  • Child (0-4) with paid adult   Free
  • Youth (5-17)*   $3
  • Adult (18-59)   $4
  • Senior (60+)   $3
  • Nonresident   not offered at this time

*Youth ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult. 

RPCA Fee Schedule


Potomac Yard Interactive Fountain photoPotomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain 

2501 Potomac Ave.

The Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain, located between the two playgrounds, features thirty-six water jets, including twelve laminar jets which shoot a stream of water between two troughs and lighting at the jets for nighttime effects. The fountain offers three programmable sequences, and sensors control the water jet height based on the wind speed in the area adjusting the jets accordingly. For added public safety, the fountain features a secondary ultraviolet water treatment system. The fountain supports the City's Eco-City Initiative by treating and recycling water resulting in reduced water use.

The Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain will remain closed due to Phase Three guidance that hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must be closed.


Dog Swims 313x313 imageAnnual Dog Swims

Thank you to Your Dog's Best Friends for partnering with the City of Alexandria to hold two great dog swims in 2019.  

2020 schedule coming soon! 


Family Splash Night SmallFamily Splash Nights

Join friends for swimming for all ages, music, beach ball and aqua basketball, and a floating obstacle course. Pool safety tips and swimming skills assessments are offered for youth and adults. On-site class registration is available. Light refreshments will be served. Different schools are featured at each event but all are welcome. $4 per person upon entry; no passes please.

Winter and Spring 2020 dates have been cancelled.  Please check back for information about future dates.


Alexandria Swim Academy 

Swim Lessons for ages 6 months and up. You asked – we listened! The Alexandria Swim Academy is a new and improved version of the Red Cross swim lessons Alexandria has been offering for years. Based on the feedback received from swim lesson participants who have taken the time to submit program evaluations and in-person feedback, the new and improved Alexandria Swim Academy has been redesigned to better meet your needs. Learn more.

For classes, group lessons, and individual swim lesson registration information, please visit our Program and Activity Registration Information page

In accordance with Phase Three guidance, the Alexandria Swim Academy will offer modified swim lessons in August, 2020. Registration will begin on July 20 at 9 a.m. for Residents, and July 22 at 9 a.m. for Non-Residents. Click here to register.


Employment Opportunities

Applications for Lifeguards, Pool Operators, and Water Safety Swim Instructors are accepted on a continuing basis. The City of Alexandria also offers Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor training. Please call 703.746.5436 for more information.

Opportunities are available to qualified instructors of aquatic exercise and enrichment classes and programs for all ages. Classes are offered seasonally. To submit a proposal, visit the City's Solicitation Board or contact the Classes and Camps Office at 703.746.5570


Please Note: All children twelve years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a paying adult eighteen years of age and over. Children under age six must be accompanied by a paying adult eighteen years and over in proper bathing attire at all times, and within arm's length of the adult when in the pool. This policy is necessary to maintain safety and enjoyment at the City's swimming pools.  


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