In a collaborative effort between IPS and IndyParks, the George Washington Community High School pool becomes an indoor swimming area open to the publicon Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Located on Washington Street about a mile west of the zoo, the high school’s location leaves something to be desired. Once inside, however, the Indy Parks staff is friendly and knowledgable, and the pool area is clean and bright.
I arrived at the pool on Saturday afternoon with toddler in tow. The gentleman at the door took our money (cash only) and gave me an activity guide before pointing the way to the locker room. The pool is large with a lap area, a floating obstacle course called the WIBIT, a deep water/diving section, and a 13 ft rock wall. The same man who took greeted us at the door came in to tell us about the WIBIT rules and to fit Luke with a life jacket (everyone must wear a life jacket on the WIBIT).
The pool is 4 feet at it’s most shallow, and the WIBIT and climbing wall are geared for big kids and adults, so this is a great pool for older children and confident swimmers. Although life jackets are available I wouldn’t recommend this pool for any parent taking more than one child who needs assistance while swimming. My two-year-old was able to do most of the obstacle course with a lot of help, and to swim with me in the lap lanes, but this pool is ideal for older kids with good swimming skills and energy to burn.
In addition to open swimming the pool offers a birthday party package, private swimming lessons, life guard training, aqua Zumba, and scuba diving among other things. For more details like the GWCS Pool on Facebook or give them a call.
Cost: 2 and under free, 3-17 and 55+ $2, 18-54 $3, GWCS Students free with ID
Hours: T, R 4:30-6:30, Sat 12-4
2215 W. Washington Street