We FINALLY made it over to the new Oro Valley Aquatic Center recently. I thought I share our experience and a few thoughts I had about the facility.
Slide at Oro Valley Pool
The water slide is 130 feet long. It’s the perfect kind for adventurous little kids because it ends in a little trough of water instead of the deep end of a pool. My boys usually won’t attempt slides when they are worried about the water being too deep.
You must be 48″ tall to use the water slide. They measure the kids at the entrance and anyone tall enough for the slide is given a wrist band to wear. The slide wasn’t open when we were there so I can’t report on the fun factor.
Splash Pad at Oro Valley Pool
I’ve seen plenty of splash pads without shade, so I loved seeing that the entire splash pad area was well covered.
The splash pad was well shaded but there is limited shade elsewhere. There is a small row of chairs on the south end of the kids pool that has a little shade, (you can see in the above picture). And there is another shade canopy near the splash pad where families can claim a spot.
We had no trouble grabbing spots on our visit but it wasn’t very crowded. I think it would have been a different situation later in the day or on the weekend. Hopefully there are plans to add more shade canopies.
Two Pools at Oro Valley Aquatic Center
In addition to the 50-meter competition pool, there’s a 25-yard recreation pool. The recreation pool wasn’t crowded when we were there.
The boys had a blast swimming with their aunt and uncle. I’ve heard that part of this pool is reserved for swim lessons on some days, leaving recreational users with limited pool space. Just something to keep in mind.
Admission Prices at Oro Valley Pool
A day pass costs $5 for anyone over 4 years old. Kids under 4 are free. Family admission is only $14 and obviously a better deal for any family of 3 or more.
When I went, I didn’t swim so I only paid admission for the boys. If you plan to visit often you can save money purchasing a monthly or seasonal pass.
Another way to save money is to bring your own snacks. There is a snack bar available but most moms (including me) brought our own snacks. Remember swimming works up a big appetite!
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