Free swim returns to city pools for the summer

In an unanimous vote on Thursday, the Spokane Parks Board voted to bring back free swim for the summer.

For the last few years, adults were charged $4 and children $2 to use the city’s six aquatic centers. The last time pools were completely free for all was in the early 1980s, said Recreation Director Jennifer Papich.

Swim lessons and aqua fitness classes will still cost swimmers, as will participation on the swim team.

Nixing the fee is expected to cost the department $200,000 in revenue. Papich says they’ll save by getting rid of some of the costs associated with pool fees- such as $15,000 for an armored car to transport the pool admission money and pay for cashiers who collected it.

As of now, the city says it does not expect to see any change to the number of lifeguards hired for the season. To apply, visit the city’s website .

Season passes already purchased for this summer will be refunded.