Frequently Asked Questions

Is the pool open to the public?

The Grant Park Pool is a City of Atlanta facility that is open to everyone. The pool offers no-charge swimming on weekday afternoons, and paid swimming on evenings and on weekends.

Who are the Friends of Grant Park Pool?

The Friends of Grant Park Pool is a sub-committee of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association Parks & Recreation committee. We are a group of local residents volunteering our time to help make the pool a better place for everyone. We welcome your involvement! The Friends do not manage the pool, and do not have any direct control over the pool. We do serve as advocates for the neighborhood, and have an open dialog with the City of Atlanta that ranges from the lifeguards all the way up to the Parks and Recreation Commissioner and City Council Members. We can share your concerns with the right people, but we can’t necessarily affect pool policies and operations. With that said, many changes have been made at the pool in direct response to our communication efforts.

How do I buy an annual pass?

Annual passes can be purchased with a money order at any City of Atlanta natatorium or by credit card at City Hall East (sorry, no cash or checks!). Once you purchase your pass, you’ll be given a temporary pool ID. Your permanent pool pass will arrive approximately six weeks after your purchase. Pricing is as follows: (resident) adult $90; youth & senior $45; family of 4 $225 with add’l member $35; (non-resident) adult $165; youth & senior $65; family of 4 $550 with add’l member $70. Annual passes are valid for a year from date of purchase.

Where is the pool?

The Grant Park Pool is located in Grant Park at 625 Park Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312. This is the intersection of Berne and Park Avenue, one block west of Boulevard.

What is the Flotation Device Policy?

Bathers are welcome to use COAST GUARD CERTIFIED flotation devices in the water at the Grant Park Pool. Flotation devices that are Coast Guard Certified are clearly labeled as such on the body of the flotation device. Additionally, bathers are welcome to use flotation devices which can be snugly secured around the chest area of the bather, such as life vests and full body swimming suits which have flotation sewn into the fabric of the suit. Please note, float rings and rafts are not allowed at the Grant Park Pool. This policy is established by the City of Atlanta, and no exceptions are permitted.

Can I buy refreshments at the pool?

Although concessions have been available in the past, the Friends of Grant Park Pool are not offering concession sales at this time.

How do I reserve the pool for a private party?

Write a letter to Ms. Janet Davis, Director of Aquatics for the City of Atlanta. Your request should include the date and time of your event, the purpose, number of attendees, and any other relevant information. The Aquatics Department will then respond to your request.

Janet Davis
Director of Aquatics
City of Atlanta 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue, 8th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

What changes have been made so far?

In June 2005, Hands On Atlanta held a Service Juris day at Grant Park Pool. On this day over 800 members of Atlanta’s legal community converged on Grant Park to volunteer their time. The pool got a major facelift this day when the buildings and pool deck were painted, along with two new murals.

The Friends have coordinated swim lessons and a neighborhood swim team at the pool. The swim team is entering its third year of existence.

What changes were made as a reesult of the opportunity bond?

An Opportunity Bond that passed City Council fall 2005 resulted in a $750,000 investment in our neighborhood pool! Friends of Grant Park Pool worked with the city to help shape how that money was spent. In short, the plans included:

  • A renovated bathhouse (interior) with new roof
  • A zero-entry kiddie pool with shade splash spot (this was an extra cost that the city is matching 3-1 to implement – please donate)
  • A new pumping system
  • New lining and cover for the large pool
  • New Fencing
We’ve also been working with the Aquatics Department staff to enhance some of the programming that’s offered at the pool. Right now the plans include:
  • Increased training, accountability, and recognition for the lifeguard staff
  • Swim lessons (we will post the times/signup opportunities for these on our home page)
  • Swim team
  • Lap swims available ALL DAY (even when the pool is closed to the general public)
  • Grant Park morning swim times

How can I get involved?

We’re just getting started with making the pool a better place. Contact us if you’d like to help…as the saying goes many hands make light work!

There are several ways that you can help:
  • Donate wish list items or money toward said items
  • Volunteer for a committee: facilities renovation, program development, concessions, fundraising, or community awareness
  • Come to our next meeting
  • If you or someone you know is buying or selling a house in the Grant Park area, use Adams Realtors and tell them that you’re a Friend of Grant Park Pool. Adams will donate $250 toward pool improvements!
  • If you have contact with other local businesses that may wish to help with our fundraising efforts or have ideas about where to apply for grants, please let us know!
On first viewing the Friends of Grant Park Pool web site, City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner Diane Harnell Cohen said, “I think the site looks absolutely fabulous – it makes one want to come to Grant Park and get involved!!!”