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San Antonio Natatorium
1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard
Donate food for Food Bank; Swim Free at Natatorium
In an effort to give our citizens even more opportunities to stay active and fit, while also offering them the opportunity to give back to their community, the Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily waving the entry fee to the San Antonio Natatorium and requesting food donations instead.
The food drive will be held from Monday, Nov. 18, until Wednesday, Nov. 27. Citizens will be given admission to the Natatorium, located at 1430 W. Cesar Chavez, with the donation of two non-perishable food items.
The Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. Last year, the SAFB provided more than 48 million pounds of food with the mission of fighting hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy.
The S.A. Natatorium currently offers adult lap swimming Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Open swim is offered Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. Senior swim is offered, at no charge, Monday through Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
New Swim with the Elves event slated for Natatorium
A chilly north pole, Santa’s workshop and Santa’s elves will greet children and families at the first of its kind Swim with the Elves Holiday Event. The Parks and Recreation Department will host the free event at the San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez, on Saturday, Dec.14, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Swim with the Elves, for youth 12 and under and their families, also includes the opportunity to swim in the Natatorium’s heated pool. Children, 10 and under, must be accompanied by an adult and swimmers must wear proper swim attire.
Participants are invited to play games such as Christmas edition spin and win, tape the nose on Rudolph and Reindeer Ring toss. They can also have their picture taken with Santa Claus, Elves and Snowmen. Holiday themed face painting and healthy treats will also be offered.
Guests will also receive information on Water Safety, Take the Plunge, the Fit Pass SA program, the Department’s Holiday Camp for kids and other upcoming events. Representatives from Cute Smiles 4 Kids will offer dental health information.
|Child Admission- 17 and under||$2|
|Adult Admission- 18 - 59; Seniors, 60 and up|| $4 (18-59)
$3 (60 and up)
|Adult swim passes good for 20 visits||$70
$50 for Seniors
|Monday - Friday||Senior swim||10 a.m. to 11 a.m.||free|
|Monday - Saturday||Adult lap swim||11 a.m. to 12 noon.||$4|
|Open swim||12 noon to 6:45 p.m.|
|Monday - Friday||Senior swim||10 to 11 a.m.||free|
|Monday - Friday||Adult lap swim||11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 7:45 p.m.||$4|
|Monday - Friday||Open swim||5 - 6:45 p.m.||$2 - child
$4 - adult
$3 - senior
|Saturday||Adult Lap Swim
|11 a.m. to 12 noon
12 noon to 6:30 p.m.
Water Aerobics are offered Monday through Thursday from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A monthly pass is available for $30.
The San Antonio Natatorium was built in June of 1981 on the old Sidney Lanier High School Track. City Council member Henry Cisneros was instrumental in working with the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) in developing the concept. At the time, the $3.2 million facility was the flagship for the City of San Antonio and South Texas. The venue has provided numerous high school, international and local age-group competitions. The Olympic team from Australia trained at the natatorium in December 2000. Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, Bruce Hayes, Grant Hackett and Karen Perkins have graced the water of the San Antonio Natatorium.
Built with federal grant funds, it was geared toward allowing inner city children an opportunity to develop and compete in competitive swimming and diving. the facility has produced an Olympic trial qualifier, numerous UIL state qualifiers (swimming and diving), regional champions, and has served thousands of SAISD swimmers and divers.
Swimming activities are also available at The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College, which the City of San Antonio co-manages with the Alamo Community College District.
1400 W. Villaret
Open Monday through Saturday.
This aquatic center is open to the public for Community Open Swim for people of all ages. The Summer Season is June 4 through Aug. 26. The cost is $2 for children 17 and under; $3 for adults 18 to 59; and $2 for seniors 60 and older. The schedule this summer is
Monday - Thursday: 1-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Adult Lap Swim:
Monday - Thursday: 7:15 - 9 a.m.
Noon - 1 p.m.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College Brochure
Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and legal guardians are also responsible for the admission cost per person regardless of age or whether they swim.Please call 486-3800 for more information or visit the web site at www.alamo.edu/pac/aquatic-center.