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Just keep swimming: Area pools opening for the summer

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Just keep swimming: Area pools opening for the summer

Ebster pool. Photo by Dena Mellick.
Ebster pool will open this summer. Photo by Dena Mellick.

Ebster pool will open this summer. Photo by Dena Mellick.

Three of the city of Decatur’s pools are opening today, May 23, and other pools around DeKalb are opening up this month, too.

Ebster, Glenlake and McKoy Pools will all be open to the public today, according to the city’s Be Active Decatur blog. For a list of hours of operation of city of Decatur pools, click here.

Here’s the skinny on what local public pools will be open this summer and the best times to use them, provided by Associate Editor Dena Mellick. Hours of operation are subject to change, so it’s best to call ahead. The numbers are provided below.

Ebster Park Pool

404 W. Trinity Place


Insider’s Guide: Program Supervisor Jabari Cole recommends visiting in the evenings (when the Gators aren’t practicing) to avoid peak visiting times and also weekdays in August when the number of visitors tapers off. But expect lots of swimmers during those warm weekends in June.

Glenlake Pool

1121 Church Street


Insider’s Guide: Glenlake is the largest pool in Decatur and has a shallow water section for smaller children. Cole says 10 am-12 pm is a great time to avoid the crowds at Glenlake. In the afternoons, expect to see lots of summer camp visitors. The parking lot at Glenlake is very small, but there is street parking on Church. Cole recommends walking or biking to the pool as many residents often do.

McKoy Pool

534 McKoy Street


Insider’s Guide: McKoy is the most likely to be crowded of the three City of Decatur pools, mainly because of its smaller size. Cole notes a lot of residents in the area enjoy using the pool, so there will be lots of families there from 10 am-12 pm. Again, the tip to visit evenings and weekdays in August applies, as does the advisory that the pool will be well-attended weekends in June.

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DeKalb County Pools

Insider’s Guide: The pools will be busy with summer camps from 9 am-1 pm.


874 Gaylemont Circle

Decatur, GA 30033



3181 Midway Road

Decatur, GA 30032


Tobie Grant

644 Parkdale Road

Scottdale, GA 30079


Avondale Estates

Regular season: Opens May 24

Avondale Swim & Tennis Club

51 Dartmouth Ave.

678-705-9641 (poolside phone)

Insider’s Guide: Membership is based upon living within the City of Avondale Estates. There is an online calendar of events to help plan your visit.

City of Clarkston

Regular Season: Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day

Milam Park Pool

3867 Norman Road

Clarkston, GA

404-296-6489 (Clarkston City Hall)

Insider’s Guide: Clarkston’s Milam Park Pool has four 75-foot long lap lanes, a wading pool, and other water features. Residents and non-residents can utilize Milam Pool, which opened in 2012. Residents can get the resident rate by obtaining a City of Clarkston residency card. Just bring a tax or utility bill to City Hall or the pool.

Local YMCAs

Decatur Family YMCA

1100 Clairemont Avenue

Decatur, GA 30030


East Lake Family YMCA

275 East Lake Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30317


Additional Membership Pools

Agnes Scott College

141 E. College Avenue

Decatur, GA 30030


Lake Claire Pool

1900 DeKalb Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30307


Venetian Pools

150 Scott Boulevard

Decatur, GA 30030