Swimming Pool Memberships in the Capital District
I start thinking about summer swimming early - well, actually,I probably never stop thinking about summer swimming. Or swimming in general.
So I figured I'd share my recent research on memberships at area facilities with pools:
Italian American Community Center (Albany) - What sparked my search was a flyer at the Italian American Community Center that caught my eye when I was visiting that Washington Avenue Ext. location not too long ago. They have an outdoor heated pool, about 60 x 30. And, according to the flyer, it seemed like they had summer memberships which allowed access to the pool from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
I just heard back from someone at the IACC and they said it was $225 or $275 for the approximate 3 month period. But, like the other places, I looked at - I believe this also includes deals like their Two for One Monday buffet and access to their other facilities (*achem* Bocce ball, anyone?).
Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center (Albany) - This facility (mainly known as the JCC) includes an indoor and outdoor pool. The outdoor one is open the end of June to early September. And the indoor one is open 5:30am-9:45pm Mon-Fri with shorter hours on the weekend.
Membership varies but they have a short-term membership of four months which is $244 for an individual - there are also membership options for couples, families, seniors, young adults,etc.
Rudy A. Ciccotti Center (Colonie) - This place particularly markets themselves to swimmers and water lovers. Just take a look at their opening paragraph of their website: "This amazing, state-of-the-art family recreation center offers a fabulous Aquatic Center with a fun-filled activity area that includes water slides, splash pool, and lazy river. The Aquatic Center also features a 25-yard lap pool, leisure pool, warm water pool, and wet party room. The facility offers the perfect place for swim lessons, group exercise programs, birthday parties and more."
Membership rates are not on their website - you have to reach out to them to apply. Which, in my opinion, is a bit odd - it's kinda like your joining a swimming cult or something. But it might be worth it. According to a response I got, adult membership starts at $56/month. You can see their entire response below, including info about a promotion they're having through May 31.
Capital District YMCA (Various Locations) - You really can't talk about pools in the region without at least mentioning the YMCAs. The quality and size of the pools differ (Troy's is a bit small - 20 yards - with no jacuzzi, Albany's also does not have a jacuzzi, while the Guilderland and East Greenbush ones are the same 25-yard size with pretty large adjacent jacuzzis/steamrooms/saunas.)
Membership is $47/month for an adult, with options for families and seniors as well.
RPI and Emma Willard also have pools. I used to lifeguard at the Emma one so I know they have allowed residents to use it but their site says otherwise. I'm sure RPI would probably be open to non-students/faculty using their beautiful facililty as well.
If you like your swimming environment to be a bit more natural - here's a list of local swimming holes too.
And here's a list from AOA of mainly area municipal pools.
(From the Ciccotti Center:
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
30 Aviation Road
Albany, NY 12205
Ph: (518) 867-8920
Fx: (518) 694-0704