Albany High School Pool, aka Albany Aquatic Center
1311 Portland Ave Albany, CA 94706
CURRENT POOL HOURS:
BART accessible? About a half mile from El Cerrito BART.
There is a confusing registration process for different events, but the drop in rate for the Making Waves swim on Sundays is $6.
INDOOR OR OUTDOOR POOL:
Two pools, indoor and outdoor
CHLORINE OR SALINE WATER:
TEMPERATURE OF WATER:
indoor is quite warm
DEPTH OR DEPTH RANGE OF WATER:
indoor is 3 to 7.5 feet
LIFEGUARD ON DUTY?
CAN THIS POOL BE RENTED PRIVATELY?
yes — by a well-organized event that becomes part of their seasonal schedule. not sure about more casual rental.
There is street parking, usually within a half block, and there are one or two disabled spots.
MOBILITY ACCESS TO THE POOL AREA:
Distance between parking and pool entrance? up to half a block?
Are stairs required to get into the building? no
Are there ramps to get into the building? not needed
Distance between shower/changing areas and pool? very short distance to the indoor pool, a bit longer to the outdoor pool
Are there stairs required to get from the changing area to the pool? no
ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL:
stairs/ladders/lift? shallow, wide, sturdy stairs with railings and a lift rated to 400 lbs. (indoor pool), not sure about outdoor pool
ACCESSIBILITY OF INDOOR POOL AREA:
seating nearby? yes
what type? bleachers
is seating fat-friendly? yes
CHANGING ROOM PRIVACY:
private changing areas? not in the official changing area, but there is a gender-neutral bathroom
semi-private changing areas? no
one big group changing area? yes
CHANGING ROOM FAT-FRIENDLINESS:
seating available? yes
what type of seating? benches affixed to wall
is seating movable? no
seating width/depth/sturdiness? wide enough, deep enough, seemed fairly sturdy
gender-neutral changing areas? There is a gender neutral bathroom that could be used to change.
gender-neutral showers? no
can M/F changing areas be avoided? yes, you can get to the pools independently of the changing rooms to get to the pool
gender-neutral toilet available? yes
single stalls? Yes, a couple, which are quite big with curtains
group showers? Yes
shower seats available? Yes, in one of the the single stall showers
disabled stalls available? Yes
is it well marked? No, but it’s obvious due to size
swim caps needed? no
t-shirts allowed? don’t know
AMENABILITY TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF SWIMMING:
water walking allowed? yes
recreational swimming? yes
lap swimming? yes
are weights available/allowed? yes
are noodles available/allowed? yes
are toys available/allowed? don’t know
other available devices: waist belts, kickboards, knee floats
WHO CREATED OR CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REVIEW?
Not sure about the rules during open periods at this pool. Have only been to the Making Waves event.