Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers several free and cheap ways to cool down this summer. Take free swimming lessons at pools, and play in spraygrounds for free. The two outdoor pools are cheap to swim in. Also, scroll down for information on swimming at Ramsey Creek Beach.
Free Swim Lessons
Park and Recreation’s two outdoor pools, Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center, and Cordelia Pool, will offer free swimming lessons for kids age 3-12 this summer. Registration is required weekly on Saturday, for the following week only. Reservations start at 11 a.m. and are first-come, first-served. Lines might be long, so you might want to get there early. You can’t sign up on the phone.
Registration begins Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Ray’s Splash Planet offers free swimming lessons in its inside pool. At the end of every month, a lottery is held for swim lessons for the following month. Read about how to sign up here.
Charlotte Neighborhood Pools
The two outdoor pools cost just $1 a visit.
- Cordelia Pool – 2100 N. Davidson St. – 704-336-2096
- Double Oaks Pool – 1200 Newland Rd. – 704-336-2653
May 25th to September 1st
Saturdays 12pm – 7pm
Sundays 12pm – 6pm
Monday Memorial Day 12pm – 7pm
June 10th to August 23rd
Mon – Fri 12 pm – 7pm
Sat: 12pm – 7pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Memorial Day and Labor Day: 12pm – 7pm
The spraygrounds are free to visit. They operate 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Captain Jack, Little Sugar Creek Greenway
- Cordelia Park, 2100 North Davidson Street
- First Ward Park, 301 E. Seventh St.
- Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue
- Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Rd.
- Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
- Veterans Park, 2136 Central Avenue
- West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive
Ramsey Creek Beach
Ramsey Creek Beach opened for swimming last summer. It’s the only place in Mecklenburg County for the public to swim in Lake Norman.
18441 Nantz Road
Cornelius, NC 28078
May 25th, 2019, through Labor Day. It’s closed during CMS school days. Look at this calendar for hours. They’re generally 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lifeguards will be on duty during opening hours.
Vehicles Monday – Thursday
County resident $5 per vehicle
Non-County resident $10 per vehicle
Vehicles Friday – Sunday and County observed holidays
County resident $10 per vehicle
Non-County resident $15 per vehicle
Individuals 14 years and older $5 each
Children 6-13 years old $3 each
Children under 6 years old FREE
Season park pass County resident $52
Season park pass non-County resident $77
Information coming soon.