Alamo Heights pool opens Saturday; here’s what you need to know

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ALAMO HEIGHTS — If you’re looking for a way to cool off during this weekend’s triple-digit heat, you’re in luck: Heights Pool opens Saturday.

The 2-acre property at 250 Viesca St. — adjacent to the Judson Nature Trails and Billy Blake Park — is home to three pools and other amenities. Participants can reserve a lap pool in the Olympic-sized pool, children are welcome to splash around in the shaded paddling pool, and more adventurous swimmers can jump into the diving pool from a kickboard or across the 10-meter slide. feet .

Those who want to stay dry can take advantage of the on-site basketball court, soccer field or table tennis table.

Hungry after all that activity? Flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and more are on the menu this summer. And those looking for a more relaxed experience are welcome to sip beer and wine by the pool.

Operator Rick Shaw, 70, said most pool goers come from Alamo Heights and Olmos Park, but the public pool is open to anyone with a season pass.

He said some call the beloved Heights Pool “a little oasis” in Alamo Heights. It’s a place where Shaw said he saw children who were once lifeguards return with their families. Shaw had people approach him at the grocery store long before the season started to tell him their kids were ready to go swimming.

“You hear that stuff, and it makes you feel pretty good about what you’re doing,” he said.

Read on for some pool history, hours of operation, bar and grill menu prices, and prices for season passes, parties, and swim lessons.

save the pool

The city of Alamo Heights opened the pool in 1948. The Heights pool is built on land the city has leased in San Antonio since 1947, according to Deputy City Manager Phil Laney.

Shaw noticed the pool was falling into disrepair in 1989 and learned that the city planned to close the facility. Before he knew it, he had formed Heights Pool LTD and signed a contract to sublet the pool and operate it, guaranteeing the facility would remain open into 1990 and beyond.

“It was just kind of a knee-jerk reaction to suggest maybe they were renting it out,” Shaw said, recalling his conversation with the city manager at the time.

The City of San Antonio remains the owner and lessor, while the City of Alamo Heights owns and leases the pool. Heights Pool LTD is the pool operator and subtenant, paying $30,000 annually to the City of Alamo Heights to sublet the space.

For years Shaw would paint the pool in the off season to maintain the pool plaster. He said that a few years ago the city invested in replastering the pool and updating mechanical operations, such as plumbing and filters.

The swimming pool will be 75 years old next year.

when to swim

The Heights Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. These same hours operate throughout May on weekends. It will be open on Memorial Day.

Starting Wednesday, May 25, the pool is open seven days a week. On that first day, it opens at 3 p.m., but for the rest of the season the hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Back-to-school hours will run from September 5 until the pool closes for the season on September 15. During this period, swimmers can come from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Pass, photo ID

Those wishing to try the pool for just one day are out of luck: Heights Pool only sells season passes.

Shaw said it’s best to order a pass early in the season because prices aren’t prorated later in the year.

Heights Pool is rolling out a photo ID system this year, so when people buy a pass online, they can upload photos of themselves for pool staff to review each time a visitor will check in to confirm that attendees are not using someone else’s pass.

Season passes are priced as follows, according to the Heights Pool website:

Family Pass – $595

Pass for married couple – $450 (proof of marriage not required)

Single Parent Pass – $485

Senior Individual Pass – $345

Senior Couples Pass – $390

Single pass – $360

Bites and sips

Since he first took over the pool, Shaw said he has contracted with about five operators over the years to run the on-site bar and grill.

This year will be the first time that Panda Poolside will operate the snack bar and grill. LLC owner Frederico Sanchez owns two Chinese restaurants in town: Bamboo on South Flores Street and Panda Brothers on Marbach.

Panda Poolside will be responsible for serving beverages including beer, wine, lemonade and water. Dining options on the menu include a variety of cold and hot sandwiches, salads, appetizers and more. A few of these items:

Two spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce — $3

Fruit bowl — $4

Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza — $7.75

Three chicken fillets — $5.99

Quarter pound burger — $6.99

Crispy or grilled chicken sandwich — $7.50

Chicken salad sandwich — $5.99

Smoked Turkey Sandwich — $6.99

Children’s grilled cheese with fries — $5.50

Kid’s burger with fries — $6.25

“Party packages” are also available, with larger portions meant to feed a small crowd.

The grill menu will be limited during the month of May, then there will be a full menu starting May 25, as per the Heights Pool Pass Agreement that pass holders must sign.

Outside the coolers, food and drink are prohibited. But since the grill will be closed Monday through Friday once the school year begins, people will be able to bring their own food and drinks on those days.

Classes and parties

Swimming lessons are offered at the pool all summer. Two-week group classes will cost learners $130. One-to-one private lessons cost $35 per student for a 30-minute session. Semi-private lessons, which include two students, will cost $20 per student for 30 minutes. Even if a person does not have a pool pass, they can take lessons there.

Shaw said the pool is a popular spot for birthday parties in the summer. Only pass holders can host parties.

Parties for 25 guests are $75 and parties with 50 guests are $125. The fee will provide the party host with a covered seating area for two hours. Guests must leave after the two hour mark unless they are pass holders themselves. The price includes installation, service and cleaning.

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