Adult swim class group lesson at Optimist Pool

Optimist Pool

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Overview Hours Lap Lane Availability Pool Rules

Optimist Pool is open with limited capacity. Before visiting, please be sure to review our Aquatics Know Before You Go guide.




Jimmie Overton - Facility Director
Ted Barnett - Assistant Facility Director
Michelle George - Assistant Facility Director
Reba Lewis - Assistant Facility Director

Optimist Park



Optimist Pool
5902 Whittier Dr
Raleigh, NC 27609




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.


  • Indoor and outdoor pool
  • 50-meter x 25-yard Olympic size swimming pool
  • Large wading pool
  • Lap and recreational swimming
  • Water Exercise Classes
  • City swim league
  • Swim clinics, American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons, lifeguard training, and instructor-level classes



  Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Lap Swim Only 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.
Open Rec Swim Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
Deep Pool Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
Wading Pool Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed


  • Opening at 10 a.m. on May 31 for Memorial Day

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

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.
  • A lifeguard must be 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 and 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, abusive/profane language or excessive public displays of affection will not be permitted.
  • Admission to the pool may be denied for any of the following reasons:
    • a) When an individual is apparently unable to care for himself or is intoxicated.
    • b) Evidence of contagious disease, open sores, or wounds.
    • c) Any condition which will jeopardize the health and safety of the general public.
  • Distracting the attention of a lifeguard is not allowed.