Roberts Pool, Oakland CA

Roberts Pool
Redwood Park, 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

CURRENT POOL HOURS:

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/roberts

http://www.ebparks.org/activities/swimming (all East Bay Parks pools & lakes)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

BART accessible? no
Bus: There’s a bus that stops a 1/4 mile walk from the road, or Chabot space and Science.

COST:

http://www.ebparks.org/activities/swimming/facilities – note that there’s an annual E. Bay Parks Foundation pass that saves lots of $ – it has been $60/year for senior/disabled, which makes swimming in the East Bay Parks VERY cheap, esp. if you factor in the parking fee, which they charge if you don’t have a pass.

INDOOR OR OUTDOOR POOL:

Outdoor

CHLORINE OR SALINE WATER:

Chlorine

TEMPERATURE OF WATER:

Varies, but usually doable. (82-84 degrees)

DEPTH OR DEPTH RANGE OF WATER:

3.5 feet to 8.5 feet

PARKING:

There’s an additional charge ($5 per car in past years) if you don’t have a membership.
parking plentiful?  Very plentiful.
disabled spots?    Some.

MOBILITY ACCESS TO THE POOL AREA:

Distance between parking and pool? Very close
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 close
Are there stairs required to get from the changing area to the pool? No

ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL:

stairs/ladders/lift? stairs and ladders

ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL AREA:

seating nearby? yes
what type? Benches; grassy area for spreading a blanket or setting up a folding chair.
is seating fat-friendly? The benches are VERY fat friendly.
is there shade? Some shade.
non-smoking? I’m not sure, but I haven’t noticed smoking, so probably none is allowed.

CHANGING ROOM PRIVACY:

private changing areas? Inside the showers
semi-private changing areas? Yes
one big group changing area? Not really

CHANGING ROOM FAT-FRIENDLINESS:

seating available? yes, but limited
what type of seating? Benches
is seating movable? no
seating width/depth/sturdiness? Sturdy

GENDER-NEUTRAL FRIENDLINESS:

gender-neutral changing areas? No – the usual M/F locker rooms.
gender-neutral showers? no
can M/F locker rooms be avoided? yes, if you choose not to shower or use the toilet.  Perhaps a lifeguard would permit use of their private bathroom/shower, but that would have to be arranged.
gender-neutral toilet available? not generally, but ask the lifeguard about their private bathroom.

SHOWERS:

single stalls? Large single stalls (but only two of them, one marked for handicapped and with sturdy shower seat)
group showers? no
shower seats available? In one of the 2 showers.

TOILETS:

disabled stalls available? yes.
is it well marked? yes

CLOTHING RULES:

swim caps needed? No
t-shirts allowed? Yes

AMENABILITY TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF SWIMMING:

water walking allowed? Yes, but it’s best to come early on weekends, or to disabled swim, to have lots of space.
recreational swimming? Yes, see times on website.
lap swimming? Yes, esp. in the evening when there are lanes; during the day, you make do.
are weights available/allowed? Allowed
are noodles available/allowed? Available/allowed at disabled swim.
are toys available/allowed? At disabled swim.
other devices: (some) provided during lap swims.

LIFEGUARD ON DUTY?

Yes – and very fat friendly.

RELATED AMENITIES?

Sadly, no.

CAN THIS POOL BE RENTED PRIVATELY?

It has been in the past; check with the administration office. Yes! For at least 2 hours.

WHO CREATED OR CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REVIEW?

Shirley Sheffield / Angela Albonico

OTHER COMMENTS:

Very friendly, welcoming environment!

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