Trefethen Aquatic Center - Mills College at Northeastern


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Trefethen Aquatic Center - Mills College at Northeastern
5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Maxwell Park
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-2170

Adult Admission Price & Policy

$8.00. [July, 2022]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y, 10 lanes, all deep, plus a 20y, 5 lane shallow section, outdoors, heated, 80ºF (27ºC).


From 580, take the High Street exit, take an immediate left at the stop sign and turn onto MacArthur Blved..
Alameda County
37.783316, -122.18532

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
Click on the Team Name to view its website.

Facility Notes

The requirement that swimmers provide an ID to be left at the front desk has apparently been eliminated. [January, 2017]
In March, 2021, Mills College announced a shift in focus, from a degree-granting institution to the creation of a Mills Institute; it will issue its last degree in the spring of 2023. (See the announcement HERE.) The pool will continue operations until then, at least. Pool staff is actively soliciting other academic partners to maintain the pool's operations after the conversion. We've joined the pool's mailing list and will update this listing, as appropriate, when we know more.
Mills College and Northeastern University have agreed to merge to create a bi-coastal university. More information about the arrangement can be found HERE. This appears to resolve the threat of closure of the pool, which continues to operate normally (in a semi-post-COVID world).

Facility Reviews

… an AWESOME pool!
Great pool. Always call to check hours and special event closures. All swimmers MUST bring a photo ID to check-in.
Quite a find! Surrounded by playing fields and open space, it is large, clean, and well maintained. There is even a large outdoor Jacuzzi®! The locker room, lockers, and showers are small. When entering the school, you must pass through a guard gate; the guard can give you a day parking pass, but buy a long term parking pass if you visit frequently.