2014 Swim Guide

It's time to cool off at these cool places

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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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Children leap in the water during camp activities at the Family Y on Wheeler Road last summer.      MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Children leap in the water during camp activities at the Family Y on Wheeler Road last summer.


AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT: 917 Jeffer­son Davis Highway, (803) 663-6142; basketball courts, game lounge, playgrounds, picnic area, concession stand, swimming pool

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; $250 per family for active military

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 swim team

Hours: Through June 8: noon-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; summer hours begin June 9: Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m. adult lap swim and classes only; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; free guest day on first Saturdays when accompanied by member

More: (803) 349-8080, thefamilyy.org

Downtown Augusta, 945 Broad St.

Hours: 5 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.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, no open swimming during 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: 5 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, beginning June 9

Cost: Free with military identification

More: (706) 791-3034

Courtyard Pool, Building 36707 Brainard Ave.; adult pool, kiddie pool; two 1-meter diving boards; one water slide; 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-Sept. 29 weekends only

Cost: $3 daily pass; $35 single month pass; $125 season pass; $65 family month pass; $160 family season pass; ages 3 and younger free

More: (706) 791-8053

GLENNWOOD POOL/EVANS COMMUNITY RECREATION FACILITY: 4576 Carol Court, Evans, in Glennwood subdivision; Junior Olympic swimming pool with diving board, main pool with lanes for lap swimming, baby pool; gazebos, picnic areas

Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day

Cost: $350 per family, $200 individual and grandparents; $5 guests with members only

More: (706) 863-2258; Timothy Pirtle, e-mail tpbroker@comcast.net


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; lap swim hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Adult $5 per visit, $36 12-visit pass, $100 quarter, $152 semiannually, $305 annually; senior adult $4 per visit, $30 12-visit pass, $85 quarter, $107.50 semiannually, $215 annually; student (high school, college and active military) $3 per visit, $24 12-visit pass, $70 quarter, $92.50 semiannually, $185 annually

More: (706) 261-0424

Dyess Pool, 902 James Brown Blvd.

Hours: 2-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, June 2-Aug. 1

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 2-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, June 2-Aug. 1

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); lap and recreational swimming, Aqua Fitness classes, senior adult swim; birthday parties


September-May: 10 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

– June-August: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Cost: $2 children (18 and under), $2.50 seniors (50 and older), $3 adults

More: (706) 772-5453

SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER: 1833 Broad St.; climate-controlled indoor pool, which includes lap lanes, leisure pool, hot tub, lazy river, three-story water slide, splash pad; family cabana locker rooms; swimming lessons, water fitness classes, 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; open year round

Cost: Monthly memberships: $31.75 Individual (ages 18+); $16 Youth (ages 16-17); Single Adult Family (up to six people) $42.50, plus additional $10 each child or $16 each adult beyond first six; Two Adults $42.50; Family (up to six people) $53, plus additional $10 each child or $16 each adult beyond first six; Senior Individual (ages 63+) $27; Senior Family $37.50; $15 day passes available; $5 day pass with member

More: (706) 364-KROC; SalvationArmyAugusta.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 7

Cost: $2 ages 15 and younger, $3 ages 16 and older

More: (803) 648-3197, cityofaikensc.gov


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. 9-Sept. 28; 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 1

Cost: $250 per family, residents; $350, 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, camps

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Annual membership $630 family, $560 couple, $480 single, includes discounts on lessons; tennis-only membership $200; new member fee; ask about specials

More: (803) 648-6373, fermataclub.com

HAMMOND HILL SURBURBAN CLUB POOL: 145 Cypress Drive, North Augusta; newly renovated swimming pool with two vortex slides, kiddie wading pool, concession stand, covered pavilion; open to residents and nonresidents; home of the Hammond Hill Hammerheads swim team

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, beginning June 7

Cost: $325 year; $400 fee for new members can be paid in four installments over four years

More: 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 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, 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; $125 initiation fee, six-month commitment

More: Heather Tager, (803) 648-6805, 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. 3; 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Aug. 4-Sept. 30

Cost: $300 residents, $495 others

More: (706) 434-3340, (706) 364-7665, jonescreekpool@gmail.com, 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; open to members only

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Nonresidents $405 family of one or two, add $15 for each child

More: (706) 860-9121, mtcpoolmanager@gmail.com, facebook.com/pages/The-Montclair-Neighborhood-Pool/399397576778303

NATIONAL HILLS POOL: 1107 Brookwood Drive in National Hills neighborhood; a 150,000-gallon pool and 1-foot-deep wading pool for babies and toddlers; certified lifeguards on duty; membership open to all Augusta-area residents; concession stand; pool party rentals available to members

Hours: Noon-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, 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, 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: $300 residents, $400 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. 5; 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday Aug. 6-Sept. 1

Cost: $285 residents; $225 senior residents; $375 nonresidents

More: (706) 589-8855, springlakes.org


COLUMBIA COUNTY SPLASH PAD: Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; covered picnic areas; children’s playground, large picnic fields

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 Aug. 10, weather permitting

Cost: $2 per person

More: (706) 733-9210 or (706) 261-0424

NORTH AUGUSTA SPLASH PAD: Summerfield Park, Old Edgefield Road; rest room available when pad is open

Hours: 10 a.m.-sunset daily, through Labor Day weekend

Cost: Free

More: (803) 441-4311

AIKEN SPRAYGROUND AT CITIZEN’S PARK: Citizens Park Sprayground, 1060 Banks Mill Road, Aiken

Hours: 1-8 p.m. Saturday-Monday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through Oct. 1

Cost: Free

More: (803) 642-7761


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; swimming area, bathhouse, playground, covered picnic area, grills, concession stand, boat ramp; no lifeguards on duty

Hours: Sunrise-sunset daily

Cost: Free

More: (803) 642-7559, aikencountysc.gov/tourism/langley.htm

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

Hours: Most parks 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily

Cost: Most parks $4 per vehicle; some have picnic shelters that can be reserved for fee

South Carolina

– Clarks Hill Park Recreation Area, McCormick

– Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick

– Parksville Recreation Area, Plum Branch

– Plum Branch Yacht Club, Plum Branch


– Amity Recreation Area, Clarks Hill

– Big Hart Recreation Area, Thomson

– 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, sunrise to sunset; Monday-Friday no lifeguard; Saturday-Sunday lifeguards on duty 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

More: (706) 541-1057; 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, 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, columbiacountyga.gov/Index.aspx?page=2680

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