Cool down at the Pima Pool for less this summer

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The Pima Pool is the place to cool off at a discount this summer. 

By Jon Johnson

PIMA – Those looking for a respite from the summer heat can cool down at the Pima Pool at 321 S. 100 East, and it won’t even hurt one’s pocketbook.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Children enjoy the pool during a party.

From newborns to our elders, everyone is welcome at the Pima Pool with daily admission kept at the low price of just $2 per person during open swim hours from 12 – 5 p.m.

The pool features a baby pool and a shallow end with a child-friendly step that traverses the width of the pool. There are also lap swim lanes, a deep end, and both a normal commercial diving board and a high dive for those who wish to show off their skills or just pretend to fly for a short time. With all 18 guards returning from last year, safety is not a problem. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The Pima Pool features a high dive that can lead to some interesting aerial antics.

Households with large families who enjoy the pool can take advantage of a full summer pass for just $100 this year (down $25 from last year), which covers everyone living under the roof. Individual passes are also sold for $50.

The lower prices for passes and parties have actually made more revenue for the pool. According to Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis, the pool is on pace to match its season total of revenue from 2016 by next week.

“Things over there are going great,” he said.

Pool Manager Ronna Lewis, right, examines a swim team member’s form while practicing a swim-team dive as coach Echo Goodman instructs from the pool.

Say you just would just like to come and get in a few laps? The Pima Pool offers lap swim in the morning, Monday – Thursday from 6 – 7 a.m. and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at night from 5 – 6 p.m. A season pass for lap swim is only $25. Starting July 8, morning lap swim times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 – 8:50 a.m.

While all that is great, nothing exudes fun and class like renting out the entire pool for just your exclusive friends and family for a party. This year, party prices have been slashed in half to just $75 for a two-hour party rental. Rental times are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. and/or 7 – 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 5 – 9 p.m. For more information on renting the pool for a party call the Pima Town Hall at (928) 485-2611 or visit the guard shack at the pool.

For those interested in swimming after dark, night swim hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 9 p.m.

Pool Manager Ronna Lewis encourages people to check out the amenity for themselves.

“Come down and enjoy it,” Lewis said. “It’s hot. You need to come cool off.”