Contact Us - Parks & Recreation

1209 Admiral Street 
Richmond, VA
23220 USA

Email: Ask Parks and Recreation

Phone(804) 646-5733

Inclement Weather Line Number: (804) 646-0751

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Two students learning to swim.

Administration Office
1209 Admiral Street 
Richmond, VA 23220-1701
Phone (804)646-1174

Inclement Weather Line Number (804)646-0751

Are you ready to take a plunge? We're ready for you to join us!

The department operates seven outdoor pools and two indoor pools. Indoor pools are where Richmonders can swim year around.

We offer American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons at all levels from beginning to advanced - child to adult. Lifeguard certification, first aid and CPR training are also available.

Pools have regular hours for open-lap, family, and adult swim sessions, if there are no swimming classes scheduled.

During the summer months each pool attracts an average of 200 - 250 patrons per day.

The Open Swim/Lap Swimming has general hours for the public.

For Group Swim prior paid reservations are required. Contact email:

Indoor Pools Quad Address Zip  Telephone # Council
Bellemeade - CLOSED South 1800 Lynhaven Avenue 23224 (804)646-8849 6
Swansboro South 3160 Midlothian Turnpike 23224 (804)646-8088 5


Swansboro Indoor Pool Schedule
Type Day Begin Time End Time
Active Adult Water Aerobics Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
Active Adult Water Aerobics Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. Noon
Open Swim | Lap Swim Monday - Friday Noon 4 p.m.
Richmond City Riptides Practice Tuesday & Thursday 4 p.m. 7 p.m.


Bellemeade Indoor Pool Schedule
Type Day Begin Time End Time
Aqua Jogging Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
Water Aerobics  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Aqua Jogging Monday & Wednesday 11 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Water Aerobics Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
Aqua Jogging Tuesday & Thursday 1 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Aqua Jogging Friday 9 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
Learn to Swim Classes Monday - Thursday Varies Varies

Summer Pool Schedule
Outdoor pools open are now closed for the season.

Outdoor Pools Quad Address Zip  Telephone # Council
Battery North 2719 Dupont Circle 23222 (804)646-0127 3
Blackwell South 238 East 14th Street 23224 (804)646-8718 8
Fairmount East 2000 U Street 23223 (804)646-3831 7
Hotchkiss North 701 East Brookland Park Boulevard 23222 (804)646-3762 6
Powhatan East 1000 Apperson Street 23231 (804)646-3595 7
Randolph West 1507 Grayland Avenue 23220 (804)646-1329 5
Woodville East 2305 Fairfield Avenue 23223 (804)646-3834 7
Outdoor Pool Schedule
Type Day Begin Time End Time
Adult Swim Monday thru Friday 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Family Swim Monday thru Friday 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Open / Lap Swim Monday thru Friday 1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Open / Lap Swim Saturday 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Open / Lap Swim Sunday / Holidays 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Water Safety Instruction Classes

To prepare for the summer the department offers Swim Smarts - safety instruction classes for youth enrolled in the department's Great Summer Escape Summer Camp.

Additionally, Lifeguard training classes are offered several times prior to the start of the summer swim season, for more information call (804)646-1174.


One of the showcase programs within the Department is the Richmond Riptides Swim Team, formally known as the Richmond Racers.

The Team was established in 1992 and currently has more than 70 members who compete in two leagues.

The first league, the Virginia Community Swim League is a league composed of six other municipally sponsored teams from the Richmond and Tidewater areas. The second league is the United States Swimming League which has a quarter of a million members. It is the national swimming organization that sponsors local, state and national meets leading to the Olympics and other international competitions.

Team membership is challenging, exciting and fun! It offers year-round training in the four basic swim strokes- butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. The team offers young people a chance to make new friends, visit other cities, learn valuable skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Criteria for Joining

New swimmers interested in joining the Racers organization must complete the Richmond Racers application and meet the following criteria, swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards and they should be able to swim two of the four competitive strokes. Coaches will evaluate new talent Monday through Thursday by appointment at Swansboro Pool. For more Richmond Racers information, please email

Richmond Racers Swimming Levels, Descriptions and Practice Requirements
Level Age Group Performance Practice Required
I All age groups, primarily 12 and under N/A 1 to 2 days per week
II All age groups, primarily 12 and under N/A 2 days per week
III All age groups, primarily 12 and under Must meet expectations 3 days per week
IV All age groups, primarily 11 and over Must meet expectations 3 to 4 days per week
V Age 13 and over Must meet expectations 4 to 5 days per week