SUMMER GUIDE: Where to Swim

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The pool was busy June 1 after a member cookout was held at the National Hills pool.
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It’s hot and getting hotter! So don’t wait until you’re dripping with sweat – make a plan to chill out this summer at one of these cool places.

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Callie Dee, 3, walks out of the women's bathroom at the National Hills pool on Saturday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Callie Dee, 3, walks out of the women's bathroom at the National Hills pool on Saturday.

POOLS

AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT: 917 Jeffer­son Davis Hwy.; basketball courts, game lounge, two playgrounds, picnic area, multipurpose room, concession stand, swimming pool
Hours:
1-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, June 8-Aug. 17; closed Sunday
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

FAMILY Y: Aquatics programs and free swim time with a paid YMCA membership

Aiken Water Park, 621 Trolley Line Road, Graniteville; home of YMCA Dolphins, the former North Augusta Country Club swim team
Hours:
10 a.m. to noon, 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; beginning June 10 – 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; thefamilyy.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
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:
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Aug.2; Aug. 3-Oct. 5 weekends only
Cost:
$3 daily pass; $35 single month pass; $125 season pass; $65 family month pass; $160 family season pass
More:
(706) 791-8053

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 $5 per visit, $36 12-visit pass, $100 quarter, $152 semiannually, $305 annually
More:
(706) 261-0424

Dyess Pool, 902 James Brown Blvd.
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through Aug. 2
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, through Aug. 2
Cost:
$1 children (17 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, through Aug. 2
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 3-Aug. 2
Cost:
$2 children (18 and under), $3 seniors (50 and older), $4 adults
More:
(706) 772-5453

SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER: 1833 Broad St.; indoor water park, which includes lap lanes, leisure pool, hot tub, lazy river, three-story water slide, splash pad; family cabana locker rooms; 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

SMITH HAZEL COMMUNITY CENTER: 400 Kershaw St., Aiken, operated by the city of Aiken; playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, walking track, picnic shelters, swimming pool
Hours:
1-5:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, beginning June 8
Cost:
$1 ages 15 and younger, $2 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

CLUBS

FARMINGTON/PINEBROOK: Off Hereford Farm Road, Evans; Olympic-size pool, clubhouse with covered deck, kitchen area
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 6; 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7-Sept. 3; noon-9 p.m. Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 2
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 and tennis lessons available, summer camps
Hours:
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
Annual membership $630 family, $560 couple, $480 single, includes discounts on lessons; tennis-only membership $200; initiation fee for new members; ask about specials
More:
(803) 648-6373, fermataclub.com

HAMMOND HILL SURBURBAN CLUB POOL: 145 Cypress Drive, North Augusta; newly renovated swimming pool with large and small slides, kiddie wading pool, concession stand, covered pavilion; open to residents and nonresidents; home of the 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:
$325 year; $400 fee for new members can be paid in four installments over four years
More:
(803) 278-2784, hammondhillpool.com; e-mail thehammondhillpool@gmail.com

HOUNDSLAKE COUNTRY CLUB: 901 Houndslake Drive, Aiken; Olympic-size swimming pool with diving board, bathhouse, kiddie pool; events include cardboard boat races, ice cream socials, family night swims, dive-in movies, family field day, The Poolympics, Back to School Bash; lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day-Labor Day, but pool is open May to September
Hours:
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday; adult swim 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
Pool is for members of Houndslake Country Club only; rates start at $70 per month; no initiation fee or commitment
More:
Samantha Radford at (803) 641-4582, 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-9 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 6; 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Aug. 7-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 for parties); swim lessons available for all ages; swim team, Montclair Makos, coached by Amy Ristroph
Hours:
11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Cost:
Nonresidents $405 family of one or two, add $15 for each child
More:
(706) 414-9411, mtcpoolmanager@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:
Noon-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesdays; open through Labor Day weekend
Cost:
Family membership $375 (includes all residents of your home); single membership $200 (ages 14 and older and passage of swim test, younger with board approval); senior citizen membership $225 (age 62 and over plus one additional person)
More:
nationalhillspool.com

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; Dolphin Academy Swim School
Hours:
10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
$475 pool only, whether individual or family
More:
(706) 868-7336; prctennis.com

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
More:
pool@riverwoodplantation.com, riverwoodplantationhoa.com

SPRINGLAKES: 104 Springlakes Drive; Junior Olympic-size pool, lifeguards on duty, diving boards, wading pool, bath house, shade arbor, snack bar
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, $375 nonresidents, senior and sponsor rates available
More:
(706) 855-5838, springlakes.org

SPLASH PADS

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

COLUMBIA COUNTY LIBRARY PARK SPLASH PAD: 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, daily
Cost: Free
More: (706) 868-3484

THE SPLASH PAD AT CHARLES H. EVANS COMMUNITY CENTER: 1866 Highland Ave., douses kids with nine water features
Hours:
1-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 1, weather permitting
Cost:
$2 per person
More:
(706) 733-9210 or (706) 261-0424

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

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; $5 ages 2-12
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-sunset 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 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:
Free; open to active duty, retirees, National Guard, Reservists and DOD employees
Hours:
Beach, Wednesday-Sunday 10-6 p.m.
More:
(706) 541-1057; www.fortgordon.com/sports_and_recreation/pointes_west_army_resort.php

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, restroom 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


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