Swim for Free at Manatee County Pools this Summer

Manatee County
MANATEE COUNTY – Summer is almost here and Manatee County will be helping citizens keep cool by making all Manatee County Pools and Splash Pads free for all, starting May 27. The pools at G.T. Bray Park and Lincoln Aquatic Center will host two swim sessions per day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., welcoming swimmers until the facility’s capacity is reached.

This is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to experience our great facilities,” said Molly White, Deputy Director of the Sports & Leisure Services Department. "And those facilities are expanding.”

Following the opening of the wildly popular Lincoln Aquatic Center in 2022, the County is continuing its ambitious initiative to create even more water-based amenities. Premier Park in Lakewood Ranch will see an Olympic-sized pool as the centerpiece of its multi-million-dollar expansion.  Meantime, a brand-new splash pad and upgraded pool deck are being included in the rehabilitation of the swim facilities and expansion of the John Marble Recreation Center.

"We are excited about the plans to expand and enhance the amenities at John Marble,” said Manatee County District Two Commissioner Amanda Ballard. "This is going to be a real community asset!”

That redevelopment of Marble property along 53rd Avenue East (SR70) will also include the construction of a double gymnasium, fitness center, camp space, new picnic pavilion, parking lot, fencing, sidewalks and stormwater improvements (see below for rendering). Improved access from the 37th Street entrance and new perimeter fencing round out the project which is scheduled for completion in the fall of next year. Unfortunately, all this work will require the closing of the Marble Complex to the public beginning May 22, 2023.

Alternate recreation locations can be found here.

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