Swimming is such a fantastic way to exercise, and soaking a great way to relax and unwind. The water in the soaking pool is a temperate 98 degrees, while the lap pool is 85 degrees. We offer exercise classes, including Aquacize, Arthritis Therapy, and Cardio Splash. There is lap swimming almost every day of the week. Please check here for days and times of classes and lap swimming. We offer swim lessons for all abilities and ages, plus stroke clinics for those wanting to perfect their strokes.
We also offer a wide variety of non-swimming activities, from basketball camps, to preschool playgroups, from cooking classes to free music in the park, from fitness classes to ice cream socials. Check out the Rec Guide or join us on Facebook to stay updated about all we have to offer!
The Salida Recreation Department is a small department with big dreams. Our dreams include expanding our recreational opportunities, providing more classes and events, and improving our existing facilities. We have made many improvements to the Aquatics Center in the past years, and we hope to see some old regulars return.
We want to hear from you about whatever may be on your mind regarding our programs and operations. We have tried to make thoughtful changes and upgrades to the Aquatic Center and the Recreation Department. If you have a comment or question, we invite you call Theresa or Maggie at 539-6738 or use the contact form.
There is also a comment box in the lobby of the Aquatic Center. Comments will be reviewed, and someone will get back to you if requested.
Many people I meet in the community haven’t returned to the pool since the locker rooms or private pools were remodeled. If you are part of that group, please come back – we miss you. The locker rooms and pools look fabulous, and the staff is doing a great job of maintaining them.
Over the years, the Salida Recreation Department has developed many valued community partners including Go-To Guide, LiveWell Chaffee County, The Mountain Mail, Ploughboy Market, Exer-Flex Gym, the Boys and Girls Club, Salida Regional Library, Salida Mountain Trails, Salida Parks, Trails, and Open Space (SPOT), Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Wilderness Expeditions, Monarch Ski Area and others. We could not provide many popular programs without these exceptional partners. We thank them for their years of assistance and participation.
We also serve on community councils, such as the Chaffee County Early Childhood Council, and the Chaffee Senior Resource Council. We continue to look for further partnerships, as well as seek additional funding from grants and donations to help bolster our programming and keep participation costs low.