Belle Haven, Menlo Park CA

Belle Haven
100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park, CA

CURRENT POOL HOURS:

Website: http://www.menloswim.com/menlo/open_swim_belle_haven.html
Pool phone: 650.330.2200

PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCESS:

SamTrans route 281 stops at the pool

COST:

$4 adult drop-in
$40 summer pass
$3 child drop-in
Family of up to 5 people (2 adults): $12.00 / day
Admission free if you aren’t going to swim

INDOOR OR OUTDOOR POOL:

outdoor

CHLORINE OR SALINE WATER:

chlorine

TEMPERATURE OF WATER:

Between 79 and 85 degrees F

DEPTH OR DEPTH RANGE OF WATER:

1 foot to 12.5 feet

PARKING:

Parking lot serves pool and nearby senior center and community center. The rest of the parking starts around 25 feet away. The parking lot is paved and wheelchair accessible.
disabled spots? Yes, at least 2 right in front of pool entrance

MOBILITY ACCESS TO THE POOL AREA:

distance between parking and pool entrance? 3-50 yards
distance between shower/changing areas and pool? About 10 feet between entrance and changing room, about 30 feet between changing room and deep end of pool
any stairs required? no
are there ramps? none needed

ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL:

stairs/ladders/lift? All three

ACCESSIBILITY OF POOL AREA:

seating? Two tiers of bleachers. First tier is fairly low to the ground, but otherwise fat/disability friendly. Plastic stacking chairs with arms (taller seat, but not fat friendly).
non-smoking? Yes, all public facilities in California are non-smoking

CHANGING ROOM PRIVACY:

private changing areas? In women’s changing area, yes, 3 (2 small and 1 large)
semi-private changing areas? In women’s changing area, yes, 3 (2 small and 1 large)
one big group changing area? The space outside the showers/changing rooms/bathrooms is pretty small.

CHANGING ROOM FAT-FRIENDLINESS:

seating available? In women’s changing area, 3 changing rooms have a seat attached to the wall. One of them also has a bench attached to the wall.
is seating movable? In women’s changing area, no
seat width/depth/sturdiness? In women’s changing area, seats are about 2.5 feet square. Bench is longer and less deep.

GENDER-NEUTRAL FRIENDLINESS:

gender-neutral changing areas? no
gender-neutral showers? no
gender-neutral toilet? no
can M/F locker rooms be avoided? Yes, if you don’t need to change. You can walk directly into the pool area.

SHOWERS:

single stalls?  In women’s changing area, there are 2 showers, not private. One is small and one is large.
group showers? In women’s changing area, no.
shower seats available? In women’s changing area, the large shower has a large seat attached to the wall which can be raised/lowered.

TOILETS:

disabled stall available? In women’s changing area, one disabled stall available; today there was an “out of order” sign on it.

CLOTHING RULES:

swim caps needed? no
t-shirts allowed? The official rules say “Bathing suits must be worn at all times.” I saw a number of people swimming in shorts and t-shirts.

AMENABILITY TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF SWIMMING:

water walking allowed? yes
recreational swimming? yes
lap swimming? yes
are weights available/allowed? I didn’t see any.
are noodles available/allowed? available and allowed
are toys available/allowed? “Floatation devices are not permitted unless they are Coast Guard  Approved Personal Floatation Devices.” No other rules about toys, but I didn’t see any today.
other provided devices: Rules say “Kickboards and pull buoys provided”

LIFEGUARD ON DUTY?

yes

RELATED AMENITIES?

Kiddie pool, accessible.

CAN THIS POOL BE RENTED PRIVATELY?

yes

WHO CREATED OR CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REVIEW?

Stef Maruch

OTHER COMMENTS:

Belle Haven is open in the summer only, first week of June through first week of August. Swimmers are mostly children. Children occasionally get in the way of lap swimming.

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