This summer, Parks & Rec is offering sensory friendly swim hours. This is an open swim time with a quiet, less-crowded environment.

This swim time is set aside for those with autism and neurodivergence and their families. You are encourage to pre-register for this event. View the list of locations below.

Click on the links below to find contact info to pre-register for Sensory Friendly Swim:

Barry Pool — 1800 Johnston St., 19145  Sundays  12 p.m.-1 p.m. (starts July 9) 
Fox Chase Pool — 7901 Ridgeway St., 19111  Thursdays  5 p.m.-7 p.m. 
Heitzman Pool — 2136 Castor Ave., 19134    Fridays  6 p.m.-7 p.m. 
Kelly Pool — 4231 Lansdowne Dr., 19131  Fridays  11 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Kendrick Pool — 5822 Ridge Ave., 19128  Sundays  12 p.m.-1 p.m. 
Mitchell Pool — 3700 Whitehall Ln., 19114  Fridays  5 p.m.-7 p.m. 


Please note: Sensory friendly swim will not take place during posted heat emergencies. This will allow Parks & Rec to keep all pools available for open swim.

This program is one result of Parks & Rec’s system-wide inclusion plan. This plan includes a series of recommendations and resources that seek to make recreation centers welcoming places for individuals with disabilities and the neurodiverse. The plan looks to:

  • Shift from a model of isolation to inclusion.
  • Enhance capacity and connection across PPR’s system.
  • Provide optimal service for all.
  • Support programs and amenities for all, in all neighborhoods.

View “Rec For All – Creating a Pathway for an Inclusive Recreation System for Philadelphians of All Abilities.”


Pre-registration information can be found in the description of each program.