Aquatics & Pools

Aquatic Facilities
 All five outdoor aquatic facilities are scheduled to open on Monday, July 6th, 2020!  
We are facing unique challenges with regards to our pool operations this summer.  Public pools are required to abide by specific regulations in order to operate, and failure to abide by these regulations may jeopardize our ability to remain open.  We are grateful for our lifeguards who will be working hard this summer to make sure that our facilities are safe and supervised.  They are required to enforce rules that may be difficult at times.  We ask for your understanding and patience in working with us as we navigate these new changes to our rules and operating procedures.  We are opening our pools for the benefit of our residents, and we want to make sure that it is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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Terry Pool  (Outdoor/Seasonal Facility)
Hockanum Park, 320 High St.  Located by Hockanum School.  Features a 50 meter pool with two diving boards.  Olympic Size!
Public Swim
Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm and 5:30-7pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm
Adult Lap Swim
Monday - Friday, 4:30-5:30pm 

Martin Pool  (Outdoor/Seasonal Facility)
Martin Park, 307 Burnside Ave. Located in Martin Park. This is a historic pool dating back to 1938, rectangular with a separate wading pool.
Public Swim
Monday - Friday, 12-3:30pm, 4-7pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm

Drennan Pool  (Outdoor/Seasonal Facility)
McAuliffe Park, 30 Remington Rd. Located next to Anna Norris School.  Features a rectangular pool with a ramp for accessible entry.
Public Swim
Monday - Friday, 12-3:30pm, 5-6:30pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm
Senior Swim
Monday - Friday, 4-5pm

Lord Pool  (Outdoor/Seasonal Facility)
Gorman Park, 258 May Rd.  Located behind O’Connell School.  Features a ramp for accessible entry, water slide, and separate wading pool.
Public Swim
Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm, 5:30-7pm; Saturday/Sunday: 1-5pm
Senior Swim
Monday - Friday, 9-10am, 4:30-5:30pm

Goldstar Pool  (Outdoor/Seasonal Facility)
Goodwin Park, 1235 Forbes St.  Located behind Goodwin Elementary  School. Features a family friendly pool with a mushroom water feature.
Public Swim
Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm, 4:30-6:30pm; Saturday/Sunday: 1-5pm

Middle School Indoor Pool
777 Burnside Ave (School Address).  Pool entrance located on Scotland Road.  Indoor pool located in the back of the school. Typically used for swim lessons, senior aqua aerobics, and other scheduled programs throughout the year. Currently closed for Summer 2020.

East Hartford High School
869 Forbes Street. Indoor Pool located inside the school.  Typically open for public swim during the school year.  Currently closed for Summer 2020.

Our Outdoor Pools are open to East Hartford Residents Only. 
Proof of residency is required. 

Age 6 & under:  Must be accompanied by person 16 or older at all times.  Child must be within arms reach at all times.
Ages 7 - 15*:  Must provide ID to prove residency when by themselves or with an adult. Parks and Recreation ID cards are available for $6.00 and are valid for three years.  The other acceptable form of ID is a 2019-2020 East Hartford Public School ID.  *Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older at all times. 
Adult Residents: Proof of residency required.  Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License/permit or State Issued ID Card. 
Pools are open to East Hartford residents only.  All residents age 7 and older must provide ID to prove East Hartford residency.  Those without proof of residency will not be permitted entry into our facilities.  Non-Residents: Will not be permitted to use our aquatic facilities for Summer 2020. 

Pool Rules 

Amendments to Pool Rules for Summer 2020

  •  Those who are having any symptoms of illness should not enter any town facilities.
  •  Pools are open to East Hartford residents only.  Residents must provide appropriate ID to prove residency. Those without proof of residency will be not be permitted entry into our facilities.  
  •  All persons age 7 and older must provide ID to prove East Hartford residency. Parks and Recreation Youth ID cards are available for children ages 7-15 from East Hartford Parks and Recreation.  The cost is $6.00 and are valid for three years. For more information on obtaining a youth ID, please call Parks and Recreation at 860-291-7160. Children may also present a 2019-2020 East Hartford Public School ID.
  •  For adults ages 16 and older, the acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License/permit or State Issued ID Card.
  •  Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older. Children ages 12 and older may use the facilities independently.
  •  All guests should shower at home, and should wear bathing suits to and from the facility when possible.
  •  Social distancing of a least 6 feet between non-family members must be maintained at all times while in the facility, on deck or in the water.
  •  Adult guests must wear face masks when entering/exiting the facility, using the restrooms, or moving about on deck. Children are not required to wear masks, although it is recommended.  Children under age 3 should not wear masks.  Those with medical issues are not   required to wear masks.
  •  Masks may not be worn when swimming underwater.  Adults who are not going underwater may opt to keep their mask on in the pool. Children should not wear masks in the pool.
  •  All guests will be asked to remain within their own space on the pool deck/grass while out of the water.  All belongings must be placed within this space, not on common walkways.
  •  Social distancing while in the pool is the primary responsibility of our swimmers.  However, our staff may request more physical space between groups when necessary.  Guests must comply with all facility rules as well as the instructions of our staff.  
  •  Pool equipment will not be available for shared use.  This includes goggles, balls, kickboards, noodles, etc.
  •  Guests are advised to cover coughs or sneezes and avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  •  Guests should wash their hands with soap after touching shared surfaces or using restrooms.
  •  Water fountains will not be in service; we recommend that all guests bring a water bottle.
  •  Coolers are not permitted.  Please bring your own trash bag and carry-in, carry-out.  Meals beyond a small snack must be enjoyed outside the facility. Guests may bring in a chair, but no other furniture/tables permitted.
  •  Each facility has an established capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. The capacity may be changed at any time at the discretion of Parks and Recreation staff.

All other previously established pool rules are still in effect:

  1. Children below age 7 or those children whose shoulders are not above the height of the water at the shallowest point of the pool must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. Swimming is only permitted when the facility is open and lifeguards are on duty. Participants are responsible for their own safety.
  3. All children, age 7 and up are required to use gender appropriate locker rooms. If a child requires assistance, they must be accompanied by a gender appropriate parent or guardian. If a parent of the opposite gender wishes to accompany their child inside of a locker room, they must wait until all members of the opposite sex are out of the locker room in order to go in. The locker room that the parent wishes to accompany the child into must be of the parent or guardian's gender.
  4. All persons must shower with water and soap before entering the pool.
  5. Personal flotation devices must be stamped “Coast Guard Approved” and used with an adult swimmer within arms length of the swimmer.
  6. Proper swim attire is required. Swimsuits must conform to accepted standards of decency. Cutoff shorts, gym and basketball/sport shorts are not permitted. No clothing of any kind in the pool unless authorized. Authorized clothing can only be a white t-shirt. No pants of any kind.
  7. Infants and persons without bowel control must wear tight fitting rubber pants over cloth diapers. No paper diapers are permitted. Specially designed "swim diapers" are acceptable.
  8. Persons reasonably suspected to have any considerable area of exposed sub-epidermal tissue, cuts, or known or recognizable contagious/communicable diseases, cough, cold, open sores, blisters, bandaged wounds, fever, inflammation of the eyes, nasal or ear discharge, are not be permitted to enter the pool. Persons with diarrhea must wait 48 hours before swimming.
  9. Urinating, spitting, blowing the nose, spouting water or depositing foreign matter into the pool is prohibited.
  10. All animals, with the exception of service animals, are prohibited from entering the facilities.
  11. Boisterous or rough play, shoulder rides, dunking, and running is prohibited. Playing or hanging on lane lines and safety buoys is not permitted. No person shall bring/throw into the pool any object that may carry contamination or endanger the safety of any bather.
  12. No diving is permitted excepted in designated areas.
  13. Before using the diving board, water slide or deep water, a swimmer must demonstrate swimming ability.
  14. Blankets, towels and folding chairs may not be placed on walkways.
  15. Tobacco, food, gum and drink are prohibited on the pool deck or in the pool. Glass containers are prohibited. No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
  16. Use of the pool shall be prohibited during an electrical storm. Pool will reopen 30 minutes after storm.
  17. Abusive or profane language will not be tolerated. Swimmers using offensive language, tones or gestures will lose their swimming privileges.
  18. Staff not responsible for valuables. Personal items should be secured in a locker. Locks must be removed daily, and will be removed if left overnight.


Swim Lesson Level Descriptions - Not currently offered for Summer 2020
We are proud to be an authorized provider of the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Program.  
Waterbabies:  6 months to 3 years (with Parent)  Parents & children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including bubble blowing, front & back kicking & floating and experience underwater exploration and more.
Preschool: Ages 4 & 5.  Children participate in several guided practice sessions that help them learn elementary skills, including bubble blowing, front and back kicking and floating and experience underwater exploration and more.
Level 1:  Introduction to Water Skills:  Ages 6 & up.  Learn basic personal water safety information and skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water.  At this level basic aquatic skills are taught (front/back floats, kicking actions, gliding, bobs and more)
Level 2:  Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Teaching of fundamental skills that will be used throughout the Learn to Swim program.  Swimmers will learn to float without support, and will begin to move through the water independently.
Level 3:  Stroke Development: Build on previously learned skills taught by providing additional guided practice.  Begin to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke on their own.
Level 4:  Stroke Development: Develop swimmers confidence in the strokes learned thus far and improve other aquatic skills. Swimmers continue to learn new strokes: side-stroke, back-crawl, and will start to develop the breast-stroke and butterfly and the basics of turning at the wall are explored.
Level 5:  Stroke Refinement: Coordination & refinement of strokes. Refine performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke), flip turns, increase endurance & distances.
Level 6:  Swimming & Skill Proficiency: Refine strokes so participants can swim with greater ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances.  Personal Water Safety and Fitness Swimming are additional focuses of the class.
Adult Swim Lessons:  Ages 15 and up.  For adults of all ability levels.  Instructor will tailor classes to suit the individual needs of each participant.