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Most Outdoor Pools Open on May 29

Start mentally preparing for the ceremonial start to the summer and your first dip in the pool! Buncombe County Recreation Services opens four of its five outdoor swimming pools on Saturday, May 29. Owen Pool (117 Stone Drive in Swannanoa) will open later in the summer following repairs to extend its lifetime usability.

"For many local families, our pool openings signal the beginning of summer and more relaxing days," said Peyton O’Conner, Director of Buncombe County Recreation Services. "They’re an affordable, fun, and healthy way to beat the heat. Thanks to their locations, they’re also surrounded by stunning views of our mountains."

Pool Hours

Pools are open Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, pools may close for a short period of time or the entire day. Follow individual pools on Facebook for the latest information on closings.

Pool Admission, Swim Lessons, and After Hours Parties

Cost to swim is $3.00 per day. Pool furniture will not be available this year, but visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs and lounging towels.

The facilities are managed through an agreement with Swim Club Management Group of Asheville which oversees maintenance, hires staff, and handles daily operations. Community members can sign up for swim lessons and book private parties on the management group’s website,

Be Sun Smart

Sun safety information is available at each location, but pool visitors are reminded to apply water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before putting on a bathing suit and reapply every two hours or after swimming. Other tips to avoid the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays include wearing high-UPF swim shirts, wide brim hats, and wraparound UV-blocking sunglasses. More sun safety tips are available from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Pool Locations

Pools are located across the county, ensuring easy access for all kids and families.

Cane Creek Pool
590 Lower Brush Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
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Erwin Pool
58 Lees Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28806
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Hominy Valley Pool
25 Twin Lakes Road
Candler, NC 28715
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North Buncombe Pool
892 Clarks Chapel Road
Weaverville, NC 28787
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Owen Pool (Will open at a later date)
117 Stone Drive
Swannanoa, NC 28778
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Article Information

Updated May 27, 2021 01:30 PM
Published Jun 17, 2020 04:25 PM

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Peyton O'Conner (they/she)
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