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City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks operates four public pool facilities of which three are seasonal and one is the year-round McMurtrey Aquatic Center. The department strives to offer safe, fun, affordable, and healthy aquatic programs for all ages.
Current programs and schedules are in the Activities Brochure.




  • NEW Program! Starting July 20 we will now be offering Swim Clinics at all City pools! This program is designed for proficient swimmers ready for swim team. Stroke development and daily workout plans will be provided by an instructor distanced 6 feet from participants. Availability will be limited in order to properly social distance. For any questions please call (661) 852- 7430. View Flyer.
  • The City of Bakersfield’s Recreation & Parks Department is excited to announce the re-opening of the McMurtrey Aquatic Center pool to the public for lap swim, starting Monday, July 6.

    The McMurtrey Aquatic Center, like other public pool facilities, has been closed under guidelines from the California and Kern County Public Health Departments in an effort to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

    Lap swimming will be offered Monday through Saturday for swimmers 12-years-old and older. Swimmers as young as 8-years-old are permitted during family lap swim on Saturdays. The cost is $5 per person, per visit; or $115 for City residents to get a 30-visit pass ($125 for non-residents).

    Swimmers are allowed one lane and one appointment each day. Each swimmer must reserve a lane in advance by calling 661-852-7440 and be ready to swim on arrival in order to keep the day’s schedule. All swimmers must have their temperatures checked when they enter the facility. These protocols will remain in place for at least two weeks.

    The Recreation & Parks Department has been working to develop protocols that are within the guidelines set by the county health department for limiting the virus’ spread, including additional disinfecting measures. Download Program Guidelines

    Until further direction from the county health department, the slides at the McMurtrey Aquatic Center will remain closed.

    Other City-operated public pools will also remain closed until further notice, though staff is working to prepare those facilities to re-open as soon as possible.

    All 10 City-operated spray parks are also currently operating and open to the public at this time.

    2020 Lap Swim Water Walking Covid-19 Information Sheet, Schedule & Fees

 Aquatic Office Location
1325 Q Street, Suite 200