Mills College Pool, aka Trefethen Aquatic Center
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94613
CURRENT POOL HOURS:
510.430.2170 http://www.mills.edu/campus_life/athletics_and_recreation/aquatics_pool_schedule.php — it’s a good idea to call first, because the pool is often closed for swim meets and school holidays.
PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCESS:
proximity to BART? not near BART
BUS? whatever bus goes down Macarthur
$7, frequent swim pass available that gives a small discount
INDOOR OR OUTDOOR POOL:
CHLORINE OR SALINE WATER:
TEMPERATURE OF WATER:
DEPTH OR DEPTH RANGE OF WATER:
4 feet to 13 feet
parking plentiful? no
disabled spots? one
distance between parking and pool entrance? parking is not easy if you are not a mills student, staff or faculty. most people have to park in a lot that is quite a hike away. if you have a disabled placard, sometimes they will allow you to park in the lot closest to the pool. from that lot, you must walk up a flight of stairs or go the long way around to take the ramp.
MOBILITY ACCESS TO THE POOL AREA
distance between parking lot and pool? see above about parking?
stairs between parking lot and pool area? see above, there are stairs and ramps between parking lot and pool area
distance between shower/changing areas and pool? negligible
stairs between changing room and pool? there are a few stairs and ramps between changing rooms and pool
ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL:
stairs/ladders/lift? ladders, shallow stairs with railing and a manual sling-style lift that requires lifeguard help (maybe rated at 300 lbs???)
ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL AREA:
seating nearby? yes
what type? round picnic tables with attached benches in food area, and narrow, armed plastic lawn chairs and some chaise-style lawn chairs
is seating fat-friendly? benches attached to picnic tables are ok
if outdoor, is there shade? often there are tents set up
non-smoking? not sure
CHANGING ROOM PRIVACY:
private changing areas? no
semi-private changing areas? no
one big group changing area? yes
CHANGING ROOM FAT-FRIENDLINESS AND ACCESSIBILITY:
entry: Heavy doors to enter with no power door openers.
seating available? yes (women’s)
what type of seating? benches (women’s)
is seating movable? no (women’s)
seating width/depth/sturdiness? attached to wall, not very deep. sturdy, but not very fat-friendly because they are so shallow and against the wall. (women’s)
quite small changing areas, but there is one solid accessible stall, which I often change in. (men’s)
LOCKER ROOM GENDER-NEUTRAL FRIENDLINESS:
gender-neutral changing areas? no
gender-neutral showers? yes, one open outdoor shower
can M/F locker rooms be avoided? yes
single stalls? no
group showers? Women’s has one big shower room. Men’s has one 4 headed shower area.
shower seats available? yes, one with a hand held shower head (women’s) No access seats in men’s shower area, possible raised lip into shower.
disabled stall available? one (in women’s, not sure about men’s)
is it well marked? yes
gender-neutral toilet available? no
swim caps needed? no
t-shirts allowed? yes, but no cut-off shorts
AMENABILITY TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF SWIMMING:
water walking allowed? yes, but there is a policy that lap swimmers have priority, so they will send you to the shallow end if it’s crowded.
recreational swimming? yes, during rec times
lap swimming? yes
are weights available/allowed? allowed, but not provided
are noodles available/allowed? NO!!! 😦
are toys available/allowed? during rec swim only, and no floaty toys ever
other provided devices: kickboards, knee floats, fins, some hand resistance things
LIFEGUARD ON DUTY?
spa or sauna? hot tub, very chlorinated, not shaded
extra cost? no
accessibility? stairs with railing only
CAN THIS POOL BE RENTED PRIVATELY?
WHO CREATED OR CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REVIEW?
Max Airborne, Jay W.
this pool also has lots of sun bathers. the pool is large, the pool area is quite beautiful with trees and sky. it gets fairly crowded when it’s warm out.