Memphis Area Public and Private Pools

Your Guide to Summer Swimming Spots

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When the weather turns warm (as it always does in Memphis!) there is nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool to cool you off. Even if you don't have the luxury of having your very own swimming pool in the backyard, there are plenty of places to swim in Memphis and the Mid-South.

Many of the city's pools are free and open to the public all summer with usual hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. starting annually in late May; however, there are also a number of member-only facilities like the YMCA that offer great, semi-private pools, oftentimes year-round.

No matter which way you go about it, from free public pools to membership-only facilities, you are certain to find the perfect place for you and your family to chill out this summer!

Free Memphis Community Center Pools

These city-owned swimming pools are open to the public and are free of charge but you must register for a City Access Card before using the facilities—please note, if you previously had a Pool I.D. card, it needs to be exchanged for a City Access Card to grant access to aquatic parks.

Typically, these pools are open from the end of May through the end of July or early August and have hours of operation Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. However, before heading to any of these pools, be sure to call and verify their hours.

The following pools are all outdoors and free to the public, but you should check the official City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods website for up-to-date contact information and pool hours for these public parks:

  • L.E. Brown Pool
    617 S. Orleans
  • Charles Morris Pool
    1225 Brown
  • Douglass Pool
    1616 Ash
  • Ed Rice Pool
    2907 N. Watkins
  • Gaisman Pool
    4223 Macon
  • Gooch Pool
    1974 Hunter
  • Lester Pool
    317 Tillman
  • Pine Hill Pool
    973 Alice
  • Raleigh Pool
    3678 Powers
  • Riverview Pool
    182 Joubert
  • Tom Lee Pool
    328 Peach
  • Westwood Pool
    833 Western Park
  • Willow Pool
    4777 Willow Rd.

    For an indoor swimming experience, which often features classes and extended pool hours, is sure to check out these indoor pools, but keep in mind that many of these facilities require additional verification and waivers in order to use them:

    There are also several low-depth or no-depth water play areas available in Memphis area public parks, which are a great way for small children and those who can't swim yet to stay cool over the summer. Check out our guide to these splash parks and wading pools here.

    Members-Only Memphis Area Pools and Aquatic Centers

    The Memphis area pools on this page are housed in facilities that require membership. Contact the facility for current membership requirements and rates.

    These community rec centers offer pools, fitness centers, and classes, and they extend membership to both residents and non-residents, though the non-resident fee is generally higher:

    • Bartlett Rec Center
      7700 Flaherty Place
      Bartlett, TN 38133
    • Germantown Centre
      1801 Exeter
      Germantown, TN 38138
    • Scenic Hills Recreation Club
      3307 Canisbay Road
      Memphis, TN 38128

    There are also a number of YMCAs around the Memphis area, which of course require an annual membership fee and registration to use. Although there are several more YMCA locations in Memphis and the Mid-South, the centers listed below offer swimming pools, either indoors or out.

    • Thomas B. Davis Family YMCA
      4727 Elvis Presley Boulevard
      Memphis TN 38116
    • Fogelman Downtown YMCA
      245 Madison Avenue
      Memphis, TN 38103
    • Millington Family YMCA
      7725 E. Navy Circle
      Millington, TN 38053
    • YMCA at Schilling Farms
      1185 Schilling Boulevard East
      Collierville, TN 38017

    Updated September 2017