Outdoor Swimming Pools in Albany, Oregon

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Albany, Oregon
The city of Albany is spread over the two Oregon counties of Linn and Benton in the Willamette Valley. The population in 2008 was nearly 50,000, making it the 11th largest city in Oregon. Summertime in Albany, as with many other towns and cities, means heading for the swimming pool to cool off, but there are only a few options when it comes to outdoor pools.

Swanson Park Action Center

Operated by the City of Albany, the Swanson Park Action Center was completed in 2005, built on the site of the city's original 1939 public pool. The new aquatic park features a 5,000-square-foot swimming pool and an adjacent shallow pool for younger children with water games and geysers. There is a 22-foot-high water slide, a deep water area for adults, a winding river for floating in tubes, and an expansive lounging area with chaises and chairs for sunbathers. Dubbed the COOL!Pool, the facility can accommodate 450 people and there is a rental room for parties. In the late afternoon and evenings, the entire pool is also available to rent on an hourly basis. Swimming lessons for all ages, exercise classes in the float river, and toddler-parent classes are offered daily during the summer season.

Swanson Park Action Center
705 Railroad Street SE,
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917-7751
Swansoncool.com

Spring Hill Country Club

Spring Hill Country Club has several levels of membership and the non-golfing membership offers full access to the junior Olympic-sized outdoor pool as well as the fitness center and the clubhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be ordered and served poolside, and bar service is also available. Children of members are welcome and exercise classes for adults are scheduled weekly. The pool is open year round and during the winter months it is heated to a higher temperature than in summer.

Spring Hill Country Club
155 Country Club Lane
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 926-6059
Springhillcc.com

Osborn Aquatic Center

With the 2009 closing of Albany's popular Takena Park Wading Pool, one of only three outdoor pools in the city, parents and children have migrated to Benton County's Osborn Aquatic Center, just eight miles south. Osborn features a large leisure pool with several water jet features, a splash down area for the water slide and a handicapped-accessible faux beach entrance. The centerpiece of the pool is a five foot wide circular fountain with regulated spray jets. Next to the water park area is an 82-foot long lap pool with seven lanes, a basketball hoop and a motorized aquatic handicap lift.

Osborn Aquatic Center
1940 N.W. Highland Drive
Corvallis, OR
(541) 766-7946
ci.corvallis.or.us

Article Written By Raechel Donahue

Raechel Donahue is an author, journalist and former features editor of the "Brentwood News." Her specialties include travel, entertainment, film and music. She performs a weekend show on BossBossRadio.com, runs a travel website and has written, produced and directed several documentaries for PBS. She divides her time between Wyoming and France.

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