Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with it the outdoor public pools and spraygrounds will be opening in Arlington County and in Alexandria!  Many are free or have low admission costs.  Please leave me a comment if I missed any, or if you have any favorites.  I have also included some local private pool options.  A few still have memberships available, so check them out!  Also, check out KidFriendly DC for info on DC and Montgomery County pools. 

Arlington Spraygrounds

Drew Park Sprayground– 3514 22nd St. S, Arlington, VA

There is an area for ages 2 – 5 and one for ages 5 – 12.  There are slides, ropes, crawling structures, swings, and climbing rocks.  Some of the water sprays up from the floor, a flower and hooped circles spray from above.  This park is not shaded.

Hayes Park Sprayground– 1516 N. Lincoln St, Arlington, VA

This sprayground is shaded, has a fountain, a sun & the earth that spray, as well as planets to climb on.

Lyon Village Park Sprayground– 1800 N. Highland St, Arlington, VA

Water shoots from several sprinklers in the ground, water drops from a bucket above, as well as a spraying water wheel.

UPDATE: The Spraygrounds are open!  Click here for more info on hours. 

Be sure to visit the website after Memorial Day for current hours!  Check out these reviews by Our Kids for more details.  

There will also be a new sprayground opening in Virginia Highlands Park in summer 2012.  Click here for more info. 

Arlington Public Pools

Wakefield Pool- 4901 S. Chesterfield Rd, Arlington

There are six 25-yard lanes, a diving board, and a separate instructional tank.  It has a “beach” (sloping) entrance, which is always a hit with beginning swimmers.  I have heard that it is a little warmer this year than usual. 703-578-3063

Washington-Lee Pool– 1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington

This is the newest pool- it just opened in 2009.  It has a 25-meter pool with a diving area, and separate instructional pool that serves as a kiddie pool when there are no classes.  They have life jackets and water toys for anyone to use.  There is not a pure beach entrance in the larger lap pool, but it has a ramp and a very wide set of stairs that are on the full side of pool.  This pool also has 4 family changing room and private showers.  They do provide life jackets.

Yorktown Pool– 5201 North 28th Street, Arlington

Six lane 25-yard lap pool, a diving board, along with a small “wading” pool.703-536-9739.

Upton Hill Water Park– 6060 Wilson Boulevard Arlington

There is a lap pool, a large pool for play, a beach entry baby pool with water features, a splash pad with fountains, water cannons and hoses, and a 2-story tower with slides and a huge bucket that fills and splashes everyone in the vicinity.  There are several shady areas, and a concession stand.  Open Memorial to Labor Day.  Under 2 Free, 48″ or More in Height $8.00, Less Than 48″ in Height $6.75

Alexandria Public Pools

The Memorial Pool- Charles Houston Rec Center, 901 Wythe St, Alexandria

Neighborhood Pools are for Alexandria residents 13 and under with parents. Admission is free.  703.838.4259

John Ewald Pool– 4500 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

Neighborhood Pools are for Alexandria residents 13 years and under with parents. Admission is free. 703.838.4677

Old Town Pool- 1609 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA

25-yard pool with a diving well, children’s pool with a depth of 1-3 feet, a parking lot, picnic area and a tot playground adjacent to the pool.

Children 4 and under are free, children 5-7 $1, adults, $1. 703.838.4671

Warwick Pool- 3301 Landover St. Alexandria, VA – 703.519.3410

25-yard pool with diving well, separate wading pool for children, bathhouse, picnic areas, modern playground w/ tot playground.  Children 4 and under are free, children 5-7 $1, adults, $1.

Chinquapin Park Recreation Center- Rixse Pool– 3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 703-519-2160

George Washington RECenter 8426 Old Mt. Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA

Heated indoor 25 meter pool with a poolside spa, beach and wading area, saunas, showers and fully equipped locker rooms.  703-780-8894

Great Waves Water Park– 4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria

There is a wave pool, three-flume water slide, and a toddler shallow play pool with colorful Funbrellas, eight bubblers, a cascading waterfall, and a new splashpad area with tons of wet and wild interactive features.

Local Private Pools

Arlington Forest Club Pool- 400 N. Harrison St, Arlington

Arlington Forest Club (AFC) is a self-owned swim and tennis club conveniently located off Carlin Springs Road between George Mason Drive and Arlington Boulevard.  At the present time, there are over 400 individuals/families on the waitlist.

Annandale Swim & Tennis Club– 7530 Little River Tpke, Annandale

It is the largest outdoor pool in Annandale area, with a separate area for younger children, a fenced wading pool, adult lap lanes, swimming & diving lessons & teams, a one meter diving board, and a 21 Foot Tube Slide.  Click here for more info on membership.  (703) 354-4272

Dominion Hills Pool- 6000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

There is a waiting list for memberships.  For more information please contact the Membership Recorder, Julie Jernigan at:

Donaldson Run Pool– 2729 N Marcey Road, Arlington

The main pool is 600,000 square feet in a “L” shape configuration with three diving boards. There is also a wading pool for children 5 and under, a bathhouse and snack bar. Donaldson Run is located in the Donaldson Run watershed adjacent to Marcey Park and Potomac Overlook Regional Park.  You must live within the membership boundary area to apply for membership.

Dowden Terrace Pool- 6300 Holmes Run Pkwy, Alexandria

DTRA offers a 25-meter pool with diving board and reserved lap lane, wading pool with adjoining mini-playground, adult and kid social events, an NVSL swim team for kids aged 5 – 18, and MUCH more.  Contact Lisa Bickerton at 703-820-5251 for membership information.  There is currently a wait list.

Glen Forest Swim Club and Pool- POB 1311, Falls Church

In addition to a pool that is nine feet at its deepest point, members can utilize the following amenities: toddler pool, changing rooms with showers, aquacize classes, swimming lessons, limited snack and drink bar and a private wooded park with barbecue and picnic tables.  They currently have room for 125 family memberships and presently there is no waiting list.  Memberships range from $200 to $225 for individuals and $325 to $350 for households.

Hayfield Farm Swim Club- 7820 Hayfield Road, Alexandria

Click here for membership info.

Highlands Swim and Tennis Club– 901 Torregrossa Ct, McLean

There are two 25-meter pools and an infant “starter” pool, as well as two spacious decks and a large upper lawn for parties.  There are also four lighted tennis courts with wind screens, swim and dive teams, plus tennis teams for youngsters, men, and women.  There is currently a waiting list.  (703) 821-9894

Lee-Graham Swimming Pool– 7319 Lee Hwy, Falls Church

The facility has a competition pool with 3 diving boards, trapezoid pool with a slide, baby pool, snack bar, and a half basketball court.  Two tennis courts are located adjacent to the pool area and are available during the year based on the weather.  Click here for info about membership.  (703) 560-1430

Overlee Community Association Pool- 6030 Lee Hwy, Arlington

There are two 25-meter pools, a shallow tank, a baby pool, and a dive well with two 1-meter boards and a water slide. Overlee offers programs in competitive diving and swimming, and often synchronized swimming, in addition to recreational swimming to its 800-family membership.  For more information about joining Overlee, contact Jim Mountain, New Members, at newmembers@overlee.orgThere is currently a waitlist.

Westmont Gardens pool– 3860 Columbia Pike, Arlington

Olympic size swimming pool with wading pool and waterslide.  They accept outside memberships.  It is open 12-6 for children, and at 6 it becomes adults only.  Email for more info.