Hargraves Community Center, Park, & A.D. Clark Pool

It’s pool time North Carolina. Hot 90 degree days, evening thunderstorms, lots of mosquito bites…it feels like summer. I’ve blogged about the members-only Southern Village Pool, but no fear, there is a free pool in Chapel Hill for you!

The Hargraves Community Center is a place in Chapel Hill that many people surprisingly do not know about! Located blocks from Franklin Street off of Roberson Street (over by Carrburrito), there is a lot here to enjoy with your child.

Inside, the Community Center hosts events, holds the Northside Gym, and offers a meeting room. More information about the Hargraves Community Center and events can be found online at: http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/, or head to the Center, the library, or the Parks & Rec department to get information.

Outside, the Hargraves Center makes for a fun day!

There are two fantastic playgrounds. One is for kids 2-5, the other is for ages 5 and up.

At the playground for the smaller kids, there is very little shade, and the ground cover is mulch, but the equipment itself is great! Very age appropriate, and clean. There are things to spin, and a giant, green plane to “fly” in. There is even a puppet theater.

The playground for the older kids has more shade and a synthetic ground cover. There are some great slides, too (3 if I counted right).

No bucket swings for little ones, and just a few swings for older kids.

When you tire of playing in the hot sun on these playgrounds, you can head in to the pool. A.D. Clark pool isn’t huge, it isn’t new, it doesn’t offer a lot of amenities, but, did you catch earlier how I said it is free?! That’s right. Free. The A.D. Clark Pool is free and open to the public from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

There are lifeguards, changing facilities that include a family changing room (but they aren’t the cleanest or the most private, so we generally change before we go and drip dry before getting in the car to leave), and chairs and tables around. There is also a great baby pool, fenced off from the main pool.

The main pool is zero-depth entry, meaning walk in. No food or drink allowed in the pool area. But there is a picnic shelter with tables outside the pool fence near the playgrounds.

Because this pool is free, it can potentially get really crowded. But, to be honest, I have been here a bunch of times and have never found it uncomfortably so. Even if chairs are hard to come by, you can always find a spot for a towel and chairs open up eventually. There are, of course, always a lot of ecstatic kids screaming, jumping, and splashing. Yet they always seems to make room in the water.

Again, this pool is not for the swankier folks out there. It is basic. But it is wet and free. So enjoy this Chapel Hill gem!

Hargraves Community Center
http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/
216 North Roberson Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Hours: Hargraves Center -Monday – Friday 2-9pm
Hours: Northside Gym - Monday – Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, & Sunday 1-8pm
Telephone:
(919) 968-2794; recorded info (919) 685-1535

Amenities:

  • playground
  • picnic shelter with grills
  • tennis courts
  • volleyball courts
  • basketball courts
  • softball field

A.D. Clark Pool
216 North Roberson Street
Chapel Hill, NC
http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/
phone (919) 968-2784; recorded info (919) 968-2794
Call for hours but, generally, as follows:

  • Noon to 7 p.m. daily except during special programs.
  • Closed to the public beginning June 14 for Hargraves Day Camp from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; Special Olympics from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and Adaptive Aquatics classes beginning June 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 Wednesday.
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3 comments for “Hargraves Community Center, Park, & A.D. Clark Pool

  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you VERY much for this article!! It really helped a lot with the tips about changing clothing and what to expect there. My kids and I will be going there and prepared! :)

  2. August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I am so glad this is useful! If you notice anything else that parents should know, send us a note! Enjoy.

  3. Anonymous
    June 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Much more useful information than is provided by Chapel Hill. Thanks!

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