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7 NWA Pools That Offer Day Passes


It’s been a relatively mild start as far as mid-July temperatures go, but those of us who’ve lived in Arkansas for a while know that the real dog days of summer are still to come.

For those scorching days ahead, we’ve compiled a list of public and private NWA pools that offer single-day passes, visitor passes, or member options in and around Fayetteville.

We decided to limit our list to swimming pools in Washington County, but there are a couple of options around the NWA region worth mentioning, such as Wet Willy’s Water Park (also known as Rogers Aquatic Center) in Rogers, the Splash Park in Bentonville, and the new Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith.

Of course, there are plenty of lakes and rivers to cool off in as well, but we’ll also save those for another list.

Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite places to cool off. We’re going to need them these next few weeks.

Wilson Park Pool

The only public pool in Fayetteville, Wilson Park Pool opens each year in early June and remains open through the middle part of August.

It’s maintained by the Fayetteville’s Parks & Recreation Department, and is located on the southeast corner of the city’s popular Wilson Park at 675 N. Park Ave., near the intersection of Trenton Boulevard.

Day passes are available for $2 for youth and $3 for adults, and season passes are $45 for youth, $65 for adults, and $125 for a family of five.

The pool is open on Mondays from noon until 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. More details are available at fayetteville-ar.com.

Mount Sequoyah

Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center recently opened its pool as an option for the public.

The pool, located on the northwest side of the grounds atop the mountain (150 N Skyline Dr.), is shaded and secluded, and is surprisingly large. It’s also home to the Mount Sequoyah Marlins Swim Team and to swim lessons by the AquaHawgs.

It’s free to use for guests at the retreat and conference center. Day passes are available for $5, and monthly memberships are $75 for individuals, $85 for couples, or $100 for families. Student memberships are available for $30 a month, while fitness memberships, which include pool access from 5-8 a.m. are also available for $45 per month.

The pool is open daily from 5 a.m. until midnight, though lessons and swim meets do occasionally close the pool (check the schedule here).

More details about the Mount Sequoyah Pool are at mountsequoyah.org.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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