Top Public Pools In Connecticut

May 16, 2014 8:00 AM

A boy jumps into the waters of a swimming pool. (credit: Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images)

Beat the heat this summer by staying cool at a local pool. Not everyone has their own swimming pool in their backyard, nor the convenience of the beach along the shoreline. Visiting a local community pool is one way to get out of the house this summer. These local public pools in Connecticut have attractions that make them unique including sprinkler water parks, lap lanes, wading pools and indoor/outdoor facilities.

Robert G. Beach Memorial Park
Beach Memorial Road
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 452-5060

Robert G. Beach Memorial Park is a 331-acre park located in Trumbull. It features a monument and hiking trails. The most popular summer attraction that brings visitors to the park is the public pool, a perfect way to stay cool during the high temperatures. The pool capacity is 350 persons at a time. It features a graduated end to accommodate younger swimmers. A small-scale sprinkler water park is also at the park, a safer alternative for toddlers and non-swimmers. The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and a concession stand is located on site.

Elm Ridge Park
Elm St. (Rt. 160)
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 258-2772

Some days, it is more convenient to stay local rather than drive to the beach. This community pool has the perfect location in the center of the state. Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill is equipped with both an outdoor pool and wading pool to entertain your children during the summer months. If you get bored at the pool or are looking for additional entertainment on pool days, this park has a playscape, pavilion, gazebo and sports fields.

Italian Center of Stamford
1620 Newfield Ave.
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 322-6941

There are many advantages of choosing the Italian Center of Stamford’s pools to take a dip in the water. The facility has both indoor and outdoor pools that are open to members and visitors. Hours for open swimming are always available in at least one section of each pool, with the exception of pool cleaning times. Safety is a top priority here, with lifeguards being present at the pools at all times and Coast Guard-approved life jackets and built-in flotation suits being permitted. Choose from the heated six-lane indoor pool on cooler days, a whirlpool spa or three outdoor public pools on sunny days. Two of the outdoor pools are for both children and adults, however the Italian Center also has one kiddo pool reserved only for smaller children. Locker rooms, showers and changing tables are available on site.

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City of Shelton Parks & Recreation
41 Church St.
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 925-8422

Both residents and non-residents are permitted to the public pool in Shelton, Connecticut. Visitors can choose from a daily fee to be admitted to the pool or pay for a yearly membership. A single-day pass costs $5 Monday through Saturday and a reduced $3 on Sundays. Children younger than five years of age are admitted for free. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to enter and use the pool.

Waveny Park Swimming Pool
677 South Ave.
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 594-3627

People of all ages can benefit from the features of Waveny Park pool. The athletes can take advantage of a workout in the 50-meter pool equipped with lanes for laps. Parents can rest easy knowing there is a child-friendly kiddie pool with water jets and a mushroom feature. A small snack shop is available on location to quench your thirst after some fun in the summer sun. Locker rooms with showers are inside for visitors to use. Individual, family and senior citizen passes are for sale to use the pool.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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