It's hot! Here's where you can go for a swim

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Phil Moore (left) watches his children play along with others in the pool at the Aiken Family YMCA.
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Katelyn, 3½, and Aaron Moore, 5, play in the pool at the Aiken Family YMCA off Trolley Line Road in Graniteville, S.C.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Katelyn, 3½, and Aaron Moore, 5, play in the pool at the Aiken Family YMCA off Trolley Line Road in Graniteville, S.C.

POOLS

AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT: 917 Jeffer­son Davis Hwy.; basketball courts, game lounge, two playgrounds, picnic area, multipurpose room, concession stand, swimming pool
Hours:
Summer kickoff 6-10 p.m. June 2; 1-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, beginning June 4
Cost:
$2 pool admission; games and other activities free
More:
(803) 663-6142

AUGUSTA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER: 898 Weinberger Way, programs offered to the entire community, but especially members of the Jewish community; prospective members do not have to be Jewish to join; tennis courts, lake for fishing, basketball courts, baseball fields, award-winning summer camp, swimming pool; swim team, swim lessons
Hours:
Noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
A summer park membership is $375 per family
More:
(706) 228-3636, augustajcc.org

FORT GORDON: Two swimming pools (hours subject to change; military identification required)
• Indoor pool, corner of Barnes Avenue and 25th Street, seven swimming lanes, two diving boards; fitness facility only
Hours:
6 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 10; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 13 through mid-May
Cost:
Free with military identification
More:
(706) 791-3034

• Courtyard Pool, Building 36707 Brainard Ave.; adult pool, kiddie pool; two 1-meter diving boards; two water slides; 20-feature spray park; beach-type entry
Hours:
10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Labor Day weekend
Cost:
$3 daily pass; $35 single month pass; $75 season pass; $60 family month pass; $135 family season pass
More:
(706) 791-8053

KROC CENTER: 1833 Broad St.; performance space, chapel; computer lab; fitness equipment; family cabana locker rooms; indoor water park, which includes lap lanes, leisure pool, hot tub, lazy river, three-story water slide, splash pad; swimming lessons ($48 members, $88 others), water fitness classes (free for members), free water safety class monthly
Hours:
5 a.m.-3 p.m., 3:30-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; pool open year round, climate controlled
Cost:
$30 per adult per month, $15 ages 3-17 per month, $50 per family per month, ages 2 and under free
More:
(706) 364-KROC; krocaugusta.org

RICHMOND COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: Several pools and a splash pad in the area. May Park Pool will not be opened this year.
• The Augusta Aquatic Center, 3157 Damascus Road; variety of aquatics activities, from free swim to exercise and competitive swimming
Hours:
Noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
Cost:
Adult admission $4 per visit, $30 12-visit pass, $90 quarter, $145 semiannually, $290 annually; family memberships (family of five or more) $150 quarter, $450 year
More:
(706) 261-0424

• Dyess Pool, 902 James Brown Blvd.
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, June 7-Aug. 3
Cost:
$1 children (18 and under), $1.50 seniors (50 and older), $2 adults
More:
(706) 722-7334

• Fleming Pool, 1941 Lumpkin Road
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday, June 4-Aug. 3
Cost:
$1 children (18 and under), $1.50 seniors (50 and older), $2 adults
More:
(706) 790-3758

• Jones Pool, 1400 Woodson Lane
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 4-Aug. 3
Cost:
$1 children (18 and under), $1.50 seniors (50 and older), $2 adults
More:
(706) 722-3266

• Henry Brigham Swim Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road (indoor pool)
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 4-Aug. 3
Cost:
$1 children (18 and under), $1.50 seniors (50 and older), $2 adults
More:
(706) 772-5453

SMITH HAZEL COMMUNITY CENTER: 400 Kershaw St., downtown Aiken, operated by the city of Aiken; playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, walking track, picnic shelters, swimming pool
Hours:
1-5:45 Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, beginning June 2
Cost:
$1 for ages 15 and younger, $2 for ages 16 and older
More:
(803) 648-3197

USC AIKEN NATATORIUM: 471 University Parkway; six-lane pool, attached locker rooms; part of the university’s Wellness Center; open to students, alumni, faculty and staff
Hours:
Open swim 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
$100 individual, $300 family; available for spouses of students, alumni, faculty or staff, Aiken County government employees, USC Aiken VIP donors
More:
(803) 641-3431, web.usca.edu/wellness-center/natatorium.dot

YMCA: Aquatics programs and free swim time with a paid YMCA membership
• Aiken Water Park, 621 Trolley Line Road, Graniteville
Hours:
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
More:
(803) 349-8080, thefamilyy.org

• Hitchcock Indoor Pool, 690 Medical Park Drive
Hours:
7 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
More:
(803) 293-4200, thefamilyy.org

• Downtown Augusta, 945 Broad St.
Hours:
6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday
More:
(706) 922-6190, thefamilyy.org

• Wilson Family Y, 3570 Wheeler Road; outdoor pool with slide, indoor pool, sprayground, kiddie pool
Hours:
Outdoor pool 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; indoor pool 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, no open swimming during swim classes
More:
(706) 922-9622; thefamily.org

• Family Y of Southside Tubman, 2340 Milledgeville Road; outdoor pool, open to the public (Y membership not required)
Hours:
Open swim 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Cost:
$2 per person per day
More:
(706) 738-6680

LAKES

RICHARDSON’S LAKE: 919 Richardson Lake Road, Warrenville; sandy beaches, covered picnic areas, water slides, diving boards, concession stand with a game room, volleyball net
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
$6 adults; $4 ages 2-12, 60 and older; 2 and younger free
More:
(803) 663-3600

LANGLEY POND: 268 Langley Dam Road, Burnettown, S.C.; swimming area, bathhouse, playground, covered picnic area, grills, concession stand, boat ramp; no lifeguards on duty
Hours:
Sunrise-11 p.m. daily through Sept. 15
Cost:
Free
More:
(803) 642-7559

THURMOND LAKE: 71,000 acres of water, more than 1,200 miles of shoreline, one of the largest, most popular recreation spots in the area; more than 15 campgrounds and recreation areas that offer designated swimming areas.
Hours:
Most parks 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 30
Cost:
Most parks $4 per vehicle; some have picnic shelters that can be reserved for fee
Swimming areas include:

South Carolina
- Baker Creek State Park, McCormick
- Clarks Hill Park Recreation Area, McCormick
- Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick
- Parksville Recreation Area, Plum Branch
- Plum Branch Yacht Club, Plum Branch

Georgia
- Amity Recreation Area, Clarks Hill
- Big Hart Recreation Area, Thomson
- Bobby Brown State Park, Elbert
- Cherokee Recreation Area, Lincolnton
- Eddie Fletcher Memorial Park, Lincolnton
- Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton
- Gill Point Recreation Area, Elberton
- Lake Springs Recreation Area, Clarks Hill
- Mistletoe State Park, Appling
- Petersburg Campground, Appling
- Ridge Road Campground, Appling
- West Dam Recreation Area, Clarks Hill
- Winfield Campground, Appling
More:
Maps, directions – www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/thurmond

POINTES WEST ARMY RESORT: Lake Thurmond, Appling; cabins to rent, camping sites, chalets, marina, confidence building course, beach, motels, pavilions for events
Cost:
Beach free, fees vary for other amenities
Hours:
Beach 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday
More:
(706) 541-1057

WILDWOOD PARK: 3780 Dogwood Lane, on Thurmond Lake but operated by Columbia County Parks and Recreation Department; boat ramps, designated swimming areas, covered pavilions, horse riding trails, rest room and shower facilities, camping
Hours:
Sunrise to dark daily, unless camping
Cost:
Day-use pass $3 per car, $6 per vehicle with watercraft, $30 annual pass
More:
(706) 541-0586

SPLASH PADS

COLUMBIA COUNTY SPLASH PAD: 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., behind the Columbia County Library; covered picnic areas
Hours:
Dawn to dusk, daily
Cost:
Free
More:
(706) 868-3484

COLUMBIA COUNTY SPLASH PAD: Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; covered picnic areas; children’s playground, large picnic fields; temporarily closed for maintenance
Hours:
Dawn to dusk, daily
Cost:
Free
More:
(706) 868-3484

CHARLES H. EVANS SPLASH PAD: The Splash Pad, 1866 Highland Ave., douses kids with nine water features
Hours:
1-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 23
Cost:
$1.50 per person
More:
(706) 733-9210

NORTH AUGUSTA SPLASH PAD: Summerfield Park, Old Edgefield Road; rest room available when pad is open
Hours:
10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Labor Day weekend
Cost:
Free
More:
(803) 441-4311

CLUBS

FARMINGTON/PINEBROOK: Off Hereford Farm Road, Evans; Olympic-size pool, clubhouse with covered deck, kitchen area
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 6; 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7-Sept. 2; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 3
Cost:
$250 per family for residents; $350 for others
More:
(706) 833-0289, farmingtonpinebrook.org

THE FERMATA CLUB: 841 Whiskey Road, Aiken, member-owned swim and tennis club with a junior Olympic-size pool, wading pool for children; Fermata Hurricanes swim team competes in CSRA Division II summer swim league, private and group swimming lessons available
Hours:
Summer hours begin June 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12:30-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
Annual membership $630 family, $560 couple, $480 single, includes discounts on lessons; tennis-only membership $200
More:
(803) 648-5673, fermataclub.com

HAMMOND HILL POOL: 145 Cypress Drive, North Augusta; tennis courts, swimming pool, kiddie wading pool, concession stand, covered pavilion; do not have to be residents to join; Hammond Hill Hammerheads swim team, which has more than 150 members
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
$375
More:
(803) 279-1963

HOUNDSLAKE COUNTRY CLUB: 901 Houndslake Drive, Aiken; Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, bathhouse, kiddie pool; events include luaus, Friday evening After Hours, kids’ Pizza by the Pool parties, carnivals, annual Back to School Bash; lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day-Labor Day, but pool is open mid-April to early October
Hours:
11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
Must be members of Houndslake Country Club or their guests; summer membership $735 with tax, includes initiation fee, runs May 15-Sept. 15, includes swimming, tennis, dining access; summer memberships converted to basic membership, additional $300
More:
(803) 641-4583, houndslakecc.com

JONES CREEK POOL: 777 Jones Creek Drive; pool membership includes use of tennis courts; Red Cross-certified lifeguards during peak hours; closed during inclement weather
Hours:
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 5; 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Aug. 6-Sept. 30
Cost:
$300 residents, $495 others
More:
(706) 854-8425, jcoanews.com/id11.html

MONTCLAIR POOL: 3207 Winding Wood Place; concessions, diving boards, baby pool, family activities (cookouts, etc.), Adult Night, Kids Night, Spirit Night, more; adjacent park with large field, playground, basketball court, pavilion (may be reserved by members at no extra charge for parties or gatherings); swim lessons available for all ages; swim team, Montclair Makos, coached by Amy Ristroph
Hours:
11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Cost:
Nonresidents $380 family of one or two, add $15 for each child
More:
(706) 650-3001, arheins@gmail.com

NATIONAL HILLS POOL: 1107 Brookwood Drive in National Hills neighborhood; a 150,000-gallon pool and a 1-foot-deep wading pool for babies and toddlers. Certified lifeguards are on duty during operating hours. Membership is open to all Augusta-area residents. There is a concession stand for refreshments, and pool party rentals are available to members.
Hours:
1-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, closed Tuesdays; open through Labor Day weekend
Cost:
Family membership $350 (includes all residents of your home); single membership $175 (ages 14 and over and passage of swim test, younger only with board approval); senior citizen membership $175 (age 62 and over plus one additional person)
More:
nationalhillspool.com/index.cfm

NORTH AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB: 2001 Gregory Lake Road, member-owned golf club with a junior Olympic-size swimming pool; tennis and dining facilities
Hours:
11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Cost:
$350 individual or family
More:
(803) 278-1198

PETERSBURG RACQUET CLUB: 421 The Pass, athletics complex in Evans, focuses on tennis and swimming; Olympic-sized pool features a lap lane, diving board; circular children’s pool; snack bar, picnic areas, bathhouse, 80-foot sunbathing deck
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
$475 for the summer, whether individual or family
More:
(706) 868-7336

RIVERWOOD PLANTATION: 5123 Riverwood Parkway; community swimming pool open year-round (open-air spring and summer months, domed and heated fall and winter months); adult swim classes, coach-managed adult swim program for training or conditioning
Hours:
Swipe-card access 4:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Cost:
$350 residents, $450 others; before June 1, buy one membership, get one half off
More:
pool@riverwoodplantation.com, riverwoodplantationhoa.com

SPRINGLAKES: 104 Springlakes Drive; lifeguards on duty, diving boards, wading pool, bath house
Hours:
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 7; 4 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday Aug. 8-Sept. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 5; 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Sept. 10-25
Cost:
$285 residents, $425 others
More:
(706) 855-5838, springlakes.org

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