All of Philadelphia’s public pools to open this summer, with staggered schedule

The city pushed to hire 400 lifeguards ahead of the pools opening. Parks and Recreation leaders say the spaced out schedule will allow for more lifeguards to finish training.

Kids playing in the pool

O’Connor Pool in the Fitler Square neighborhood is one of many Philly public pool where kids and families cooled off on July 21, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia will open all public pools this summer, although the opening dates will be staggered due to the current number of lifeguards.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced Tuesday all 61 pools will open this year. Last year, only 47 were able to open because of staffing issues. Parks and Rec made a push to hire 400 lifeguards ahead of the summer, offering up to $1,000 for people who submitted applications.

During an interview at the East Passyunk Recreation Center, Parks and Recreation Deputy Commissioner Bill Salvatore said while openings are staggered, the ongoing classes to train lifeguards will ensure things are heading in the right direction.

“I know the last time we checked, we had over 340 lifeguards ready to go,” Salvatore said. “Another 20 or 30, if they come through these classes, or even another class in the next week or so, we’ll be feeling really good.”

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This is all despite a national lifeguard shortage, which Salvatore said is a testament to the Parks and Rec team.

“A great plan only works when it’s executed by great people,” Salvatore said. “Our communications team is always there pushing from behind for us. Our program staff are out there beating the hedges finding staff. You know, so you come up with a plan, you put it into action, you have the people that do it, and this is the result you get.”

Pool schedules will vary based on available staffing, and in some areas, pools located close to each other will operate on a split schedule.

Free swim lessons will be offered across the city’s pools, and mandatory swim lessons will be held for more than 6,000 summer campers.

The opening schedule is available below.

Wednesday, June 14

Thursday, June 15

Friday, June 16, 2023

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, June 18


Monday, June 19

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

Saturday, June 24

Sunday, June 25


Monday, June 26

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Wednesday, June 28

Thursday, June 29

Friday, June 30

Saturday, July 1

Monday, July 2

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

Pools expected to open after July 5

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