Frequently Asked Questions: Auburn City Pools

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs
  3. Aquatics

Frank Brown Community Center

235 Opelika Rd

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-Th: 6AM-9PM F: 6AM-6PM Sa: 8AM-12PM Su: 1PM-6PM

Whitney Morris

Aquatics & Special Events Coord.

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2948
  2. Email: wmorris@auburnalabama.org

Q:How much is admission to the pools?
A: Daily admission is $2 per person. Children 1 & under are free. Splash Passes (season passes) may be purchased at the Harris Center (Auburn Parks and Recreation's administrative office) on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Harris Center is located at 425 Perry Street. Individual Splash Passes are $50 each or $125 for a family pass. Splash Passes are valid for immediate family members, including parents or guardians, and children under the age of 19 residing in the same household, or the primary caregiver for the minor children. PLEASE NOTE: Auburn City Pools are unable to accept bills larger than $10. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Q:Can I bring in a cooler, or outside food?
A:Coolers are allowed on the pool decks; however, NO glass bottles/containers are allowed.  No alcohol is allowed on site.  We feature a small snack bar at our pools that provide snacks and beverages to purchase.  Outside food and beverages are allowed, but please remember to pick up your trash.

Q:What type of clothing is allowed in the water?
A:Swimsuits are required to enter the water.  All additional clothing must be clean.  Jeans, sandals, and/or athletic shorts are not permitted in the water. T-shirts are permitted but not encouraged. No cutoffs or suits with loose strings are allowed.  Infants must wear waterproof diapers with fitted elastic around each leg. To determine if your swimwear is Auburn City Pools-approved, please view our Appropriate Swimwear page.

Q: What types of flotation devices are permitted?
A: Only pool noodles oodles and Types I, II and III Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFD) are the allowed in the pool. Life vests are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. No other flotation devices (water wings, air mattresses, rafts, puddle jumpers, etc.) are allowed at the pools. The only exception to this rule is during designated Auburn City Pools special events. This information will be included in the press release for the event. To view all Auburn Parks and Recreation press releases, please visit the Parks and Recreation homepage. To determine if your PFD is Auburn City Pools-approved, please view our list of Approved Floatation Devices. For additional information, please view our Rules/Policies page. To determine the US Coast Guard rating of your PFD, visit the US Coast Guard PFD Selection, Use, Wear & Care page.

Q: How old does a child have to be to come to the pool by themselves?
A: All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a guardian or adult (19 years and older) at all times.  Children 10 to 12 years of age must pass a swim test in order to swim at the pool unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.  Children 13 and older may swim unaccompanied by an adult.  Children 13 and older may also be subject to swim tests at the discretion of the lifeguards. Pool privileges may be lost for inappropriate behavior at the pool.

Q: Are there any restrictions on using the Diving Well?
A: Children under 6 years of age are prohibited from using the diving boards.  Children under 13 years of age are required to take a diving board test and must meet the height requirement of 4 ft.  Anyone over the age of 13 years may be subject to take a diving board test. Backwards jumps, dives and flips are not permitted from the high dive and patrons may not run off the board.

Q: Who is permitted in the Baby Pool or Children’s Pool?
A: The baby pool is limited to children age 6 and under; children over the age of 6 years are NOT allowed in the baby pool.  Children in the baby pool must be monitored or supervised by a parent or guardian (19 years or older) at all times.  Infants and toddlers who are not toilet-trained MUST wear waterproof diapers with fitted elastic around each leg.

Q: Are goggles or masks allowed?
A: Goggles or masks are allowed at all of our swimming facilities. Goggles may be worn in the lap and baby pools, but may not be worn while jumping off the diving boards.

Q: Can you rent one of the pool facilities for a birthday party or private event?
A: Yes! Have your next birthday, wedding reception or anniversary party at the pool! We will provide the lifeguards. The Auburn City Pools are now available for rental on an hourly basis (two hour minimum). The fee is $75 per hour for up to 50 guests and an additional $25 for up to 80 guests.  Larger parties must be approved and may be subject to a higher fee. Waivers must be signed by all participants and all pool rules and regulations apply.  Samford Pool availability: select Fridays and Saturdays from 6 – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon. Drake Pool availability is Monday – Friday 5 - 8 p.m. (except during the month of June) and weekends from 5 - 8 p.m. (select Sundays are excluded). Contact the Pool Manager at (334) 501-2957 for more information.

Q: Can I purchase a season pass?
A: Yes!  Splash Pass season passes are available for purchase beginning Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Harris Center, located at 425 Perry Street. Splash Passes are valid until the last day of the season and are valid at both pools. Splash Passes are accepted during the Early Bird Swim Season and are valid at all Float-n-Movies during the season.  Passes are $50 for an Individual and $125 for a Family. The Family Pass is valid for immediate family members, including parents or guardians and children under the age of 19 residing in the same household, as well as primary caregivers for minor children. Contact the Harris Center at (334) 501 - 2930 for more information.

Q: What Special Events do you have planned for the 2017 Season?
A: Auburn City Pools will host a variety of special events during the 2017 season. Admission for all events is FREE with Splash Pass or prior admission to the pool the same day of the event; otherwise, admission is $2 per person. If you visited the pool earlier in the day, please get your hand stamped at the front desk before leaving for free entry to the pool for the event. Please visit our Special Events page for dates and details about of Summer 2017 Special Events Calendar.

Q: Do you offer private swim lessons?
A: If you are interested in one-on-one instruction for all levels of ability, please contact the Aquatics Programs Specialist at (334) 501-2957. The participant will be matched with a swim instructor. Children under 3 years may require parent participation in the pool. $15/half hour session.

Q: Do you offer refunds or rain checks?
A: It is the policy of the Auburn Parks and Recreation department that there will be NO refunds for the closing of a facility due to inclement weather or illness.  If the facility is able to reopen after the inclement weather has passed, there will be no charge to re-enter the facility as long as the individual or family was previously signed in.

Q: What classes or programs do you offer through Auburn City Pools?
A: Auburn City Pools offers several classes and programs during the summer pool season. Classes offered are: Learn to Dive, Water Workout for Women/Water Aerobics, Scuba and Swimming for Fitness. To learn more about these programs, please visit our Programs page. Auburn City Pools is also home to the Auburn Recreation Swim Team, which is a program for swimmers ages 4 to 18. To learn more about the program or to register, please visit our Swimming and Diving Teams page.

Q: Do you implement/enforce hydration breaks?
A: Auburn City Pools staff will enforce/implement one hydration break every day at each pool. At Samford Pool, this will be observed at 1 p.m. At Drake Pool, during the month of June, this will be observed at 3 p.m. During the month of July, Drake Pool will observe this at 1 p.m. Hydration breaks will last 15 minutes and all patrons under the age 18 must get out of the water. Adults may continue to swim. These breaks are intended to remind our patrons to reapply sunscreen and drink plenty of water in the heat of the day. During hydration breaks, aquatics staff will still be monitoring the pools.

Q: How will I know if the pool has been closed for the day?
A: Every time the pool is closed for inclement weather or for other reasons, we will post this information as far in advance and as quickly as possible. Pool Closures will be posted on-site, on the City of Auburn website and social media channels and sent out via e-Notifier. Visit the City's e-Notifier page to sign up for these alerts.