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Hours Lap Lane Availability Programs Pool Rules


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 and outdoor pool
  • 50-meter by 25-yard, Olympic-size swimming pool
  • Large wading pool
  • Lap and recreational swimming




Michelle George - 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.

  Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Lap Swim 1 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 Swim 1 to 5:30 p.m. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12:30 to 5:30 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

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.