Swimming pools set to open for the summer

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Ambrosia Johnson races to first place in the butterfly last year. While pools will not have swim teams this year, Pima is offering a swim team practice replacement program.

By Jon Johnson


GRAHAM COUNTY – While a number of sports and events are canceled this year due to COVID-19, one staple of summertime activities is set to open as municipal swimming pools prepare to open their gates.

The Safford swimming pool will lead the way by opening Friday, May 29, followed by the Pima Pool and Eastern Arizona College Swimming Pool on Monday, June 1.

Safford’s pool will be open Mondays – Thursdays, from 12:30 – 5 p.m., Fridays, from 12 – 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 12 – 5 p.m. While the pool will initially have a 25 percent reduced capacity to a 165-person occupancy, swim lessons and season passes will be available. However, there will be no swim team this year, no pool rentals, and no concessions.

For more information regarding the Safford Pool, as well as a schedule of swim lessons, click here.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: If a high dive is your style, visit the Pima Pool to get wet this summer. Here Andy Peterson shows his favorite gainer dive.

The town of Pima will open the Pima Pool on Monday, June 1. The pool will be open Mondays – Saturdays, from 1 – 5 p.m.; Family Swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 – 9 p.m., with adult swim Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 5 – 6 p.m.

The Pima Pool will be available to rent for parties at $100 for a two-hour rental. To inquire about the available schedule, text your name and the desired date to (928) 322-4691.

Pool rentals are great for groups and clubs such as the Chicago Athletic Clubs, which help with swim services in their area.

Pima will also hold swimming lessons and while technically it won’t hold its swim team this year it will hold advanced swim classes, which will basically be swim team practice without any swim team meets. Pima wanted to have a swim team, but with the other municipalities shuttering their teams, it doesn’t have anyone to race. This way, those who still want to get into advanced swim team practice and exercise can do so.

For more information, visit the town’s Facebook page here.  

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Safford and Pima will still hold swim lessons.

EAC will limit its capacity to 50 swimmers and will be open Mondays – Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m., with night swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 – 9 p.m.

The EAC Pool will also offer adult lap swim Mondays – Thursdays, from 12 – 1 p.m., with a capacity of seven swimmers, and water aerobics Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10 – 11 a.m. There will be a 24-person capacity for water aerobics. Sign-up for the class at the EAC Records Office or online at eac.edu.

Pool party reservations, season passes, and concessions will not be available for the EAC Pool.