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Outdoor Pools Closed, but There are Other Free Options to Cool Off

Not everything is open yet for the season, but here's where you can head to cool off.

It's 90 degrees out, but Charlestown and North End residents should not head to their neighborhood pool. Because they're closed. At least they have a city pool; the South End doesn't.

The city's outdoor pools—which include the Clougherty Pool in Charlestown and Mirabella Pool in the North End—aren't scheduled to open until Saturday, when temperatures will drop down to 75. However, all the indoor pools are up and running, a city spokesman said. The cooling centers are also open, and have the air conditioning on, which means Charlestown residents should head to the Charelstown Community Center instead.

Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the South End are without designated pools or cooling centers in their neighborhoods, but there's always the . South End residents can also get wet by heading to a spray park at the O'Day and Carter playgrounds or Ramsey/Rice Field.

Back Bay and Beacon Hill residents might want to try the Tot Lot, or go for a in the Public Garden Lagoon. And, if your in Back Bay and willing to pay a pretty penny (make that $50 for a full day or $25 for a half day) there's always the But get there early or call before going, because it fills up fast.

Not enough for you? Check out these other ideas on how to .

Where to cool off by neighborhood:

South End:
O'Day Playground
Carter Playground
Ramsey/Rice Field

Back Bay/Beacon Hill:
Boston Common Tot Lot

Jamaica Plain:
Curtis Hall Community Center (includes indoor pool)
Hennigan Community Center (includes indoor pool)
Gibbons Playground
Sheehy (Mission Hill Playground)
Johnson Playground Spray Deck (state-owned)
Stony Brook Spray Deck (state-owned)

Charlestown:
Charlestown Community Center (includes indoor pool)
Golden Age Center

West Roxbury:
Ohrenberger Community Center
Roche Family Community Center
Draper Pool
Hynes Playground

Northguy June 21, 2012 at 04:46 PM
There are pools in the South End. At least three I can think of: the Blackstone Community Center on Shawmut Ave and West Brookline St, the South End Fitness Center on Northampton St and the BSC gym on Harrison Ave. Granted the latter two require memberships (SEFC has one day memberships, not sure about BMC). This does underscore the shortage of swimming facilities in this city though (SEFC's pool is currently threatened by an ill-advised redevelopment plan of the South Block building). It's a sad state, Boston needs more pools for general use as well as for fitness.

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