Optimist Park Pool


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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Optimist Park Pool
5902 Whittier Drive, North Raleigh
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 996-2790

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Residents: $4.00; SC(55) $3.00. Non-residents; $7.00; SC $5.00. [November, 2018]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m, 8 lanes x 25y, 19 lanes, maximum depth 5½f , indoors , 82ºF (28ºC)


Three miles north of North Hills Mall. Take Six Forks north to Northclift (one light after Millbook), turn left onto Northclift and then take the fourth left (there's a small street-type sign for Optimist Park). You can't miss the pool.
Wake County
35.86253, -78.64470

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Youth Swim
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Youth Swim
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Facility Notes

There is also a 36f x 36f, 13f depth diving pool with 1m and 3m boards and a 60f x 36f, 1f - 1½f childrens wading pool at this location. Both are outdoors and open only in summer.

Facility Reviews

Of the public pools in Raleigh, this is one of the busiest. Rarely have I been there when a third to a half of the pool is not taken up by swim team practices. On fall and winter Friday evenings they rope off about half the pool for kayaking practice. Lap swimming is treated more as an after-thought. On most days and time periods, there are six to eight lanes open for lap swimmers, at most, sometimes it's less and, despite the facility's lane-sharing policy, many of our fellow swimmers are reluctant to share a lane. :( The staff routinely allow one or more of the doors to remain open, even during the winter, when the temperature can drop to the 30s and 40s. Both Millbrook Exchange Park and Pullen are better bets in my opinion. We swim here only because it is closer, but more and more we are going to one of the other pools for lap swimming.

The one plus is that they enlarged and renovated Optimist's changing rooms a few years ago and they are much nicer and more spacious than before. Be forewarned, however, that the showers are motion-activated; you can't turn the water on/off or even adjust the temperature.
[January, 2014]
A representative of the pool replies:
Staff are not supposed to be opening doors if the temperatures outside are in the 30s and 40s. Perhaps you should talk to management about this. And, if they are concerned about the number of lanes given to private teams, we need patrons to be more vocal at COG (Community Oriented Government) meetings. There are routinely open lanes from 3 PM to closing and we try to balance the needs of all our users. My fear is that websites like this scare swimmers off. We want the public to use their voices.
[February, 2014]