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Part of Optimist Park, Optimist Pool was renovated in 2009 by converting the pool enclosure from an air-supported bubble to a fabric tension structure. The old bathhouse has been replaced with a new, up-to-date facility including spacious locker rooms and a classroom. It hosts several large-scale swimming competitions during the year.

Learn more about the cost of admission and passes to the pool.


  • Indoor Olympic, 50-meter by 25-yard lap pool
  • Outdoor wading pool
  • 12 feet deep pool with climbing wall
  • Lap and recreational swimming




Ronnie BanksFacility Director
Michelle George - Assistant Facility Director
Austin PearceAssistant Facility Director
Bob Bradley - Assistant Facility Director

Optimist Park



Optimist Pool
5902 Whittier Dr
Raleigh, NC 27609




Hours may vary due to staffing. Please call before visiting for the most up-to-date hours.

Optimist Pool Adult Lap Swimming will be in the Long Course (50 meter) configuration from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Lap Swim1 to 5:30 p.m.5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Public Open Swim1 to 5:30 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Closure/Modified Hours
April 27 - ICSA Meet - Pool closes at 12 p.m.
May 27 - Memorial Day – Pool opens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
June 19 – Juneteenth – Pool closed
July 4 - Independence Day - Pool opens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sept. 2 - Labor Day – Pool opens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

Lap Lane Availability

Swimmer in lap pool with arm raised mid breastroke at Pullen Park

Lap lanes are available for exercise during certain times of the day. Contact 919-996-2790 for more information.

Lap swimming rules and etiquette.


Adult swimming lesson with instructor and two swimmers in pool

Optimist Pool offers a variety of programs including the city swim league, swim clinics, water exercise classes, American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons, lifeguard training, and instructor-level classes. Browse programs and classes at Optimist Pool on RecLink.

Learn More about the Raleigh Aquatics Water Exercise Program.

Pool Rules

  • Children should not use the swimming pool without adult supervision.
  • Adults should not swim alone.
  • Pets are prohibited throughout the facility.
  • Glass containers are prohibited throughout the facility.
  • Make sure a lifeguard is on duty before entering the water.
  • Please wear proper swimming attire in the pool (see manager regarding acceptable clothing).
  • Diving is limited to areas of more than five feet of water depth.
  • Rough play in pool and on the deck area is prohibited.
  • Floating aids and some toys are not permitted in the pool (see manager for what is acceptable).
  • Face masks and goggles are permitted with non-breakable lenses when used properly.
  • Lap lanes are for adult use only. Please do not hang on the lane ropes.
  • Please walk. Running is prohibited on the deck.
  • Smoking and consuming food and beverages must be done in designated areas only.
  • To provide a family atmosphere, neither abusive/profane language nor excessive public displays of affection will not be permitted.
  • Admission to the pool may be denied for any of the following reasons:
    • An individual is apparently unable to care for themselves or is intoxicated
    • Evidence of contagious disease, open sores, or wounds
    • Any condition jeopardizing the health and safety of the general public
  • Distracting the attention of a lifeguard is not allowed.