San Ramon Pool and Aquatic Center
San Ramon, CA 94583
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San Ramon Valley Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center is a great place for tots and for older kids. There are three pools: a zero depth entry play pool with a play structure, a shallow 25 yard pool in an "L" shape and a 50 meter by 25 yard lap pool with diving boards and a tube water slide.
The fenced in play pool had a great play structure with two additional water features to the sides- hanging buckets that would dump when they were filled up and a mushroom shower. The play structure has a tube slide, a tunnel, water cannons, and showers. There were always two lifeguards on duty and an additional person was sitting at the gate keeping a head count for the play pool.
Next to the fenced play pool is the "L" shaped 25 yard pool. This is not too deep and was a great place for kids to practice their swimming skills, yet be able to touch the bottom. There are stairs for entry on one side.
There are a couple of shaded viewing areas with small picnic tables, but those fill up quickly. My advice- bring lots of sunscreen .
The recreational swim hours are 11am to 12:30 pm M-Th for the play pool only. M-F the whole facility is open for recreational swim from 12:30-3:30 pm and then from 7-8:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday the hours are from 12:30-4:30 pm with the play pool open Saturday from 11 am-12:30 pm.
A couple of things that I really liked were the M-Th staggered opening because at 1 pm the bigger kids left the play pool for the 25 yard pool with its inner-tubes in a roped off section of the pool and also for the waterslide. The noise level in the play pool area dropped dramatically. Also, this relatively new facility has a family changing room which is perfect when you have young kids of different genders.