With summer just around the corner, families living in the Tri-Cities are probably thinking about swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a pool. If you’re in the market for a new home, you may want to inquire about how far the nearest pool is located.  Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco offer public pools for their families.  In Richland, George Prout Aquatic Complex offers public swimming hours for a small fee, with lockers in the shower and change rooms. In Kennewick, swimmers can cool off at the Kenneth Serier Memorial Pool and in Pasco, swimmers can enjoy Memorial Aquatic Park. With paid memberships, families can swim at pools, both indoor and outdoor at Columbia Basin Racquet Club (CBRC) on the By-Pass in Richland and Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick.

Some neighborhoods in Richland offer community pool memberships. If you don’t have a pool in your yard, you may consider looking for your new home in an established neighborhood that shares a pool. The benefit of community pools is that they hire lifeguards to keep swimmers safe, the expenses are shared, and neighbors work together to keep the property in top shape. They share in the opening of the pool each season, hold social events at the pools, and kids play for endless hours with the neighborhood kids.  Some of the residential areas that boast community swimming pools are Rivercrest Terrace (Benton Ave.) Indian Springs (Davison), Jason Lee (McMurray), and Northview (Davison). All are situated on corner lots and offer memberships to people living nearby and sometimes to families who want to pay a summer rental fee, but don’t live close. The average cost for a summer of sun and fun is about $400.00. Two Richland housing communities have pools for their residents only—Clipper Ridge and Horn Rapids.

Clipper Ridge is a small, enclosed community situated on the corner of George Washington Way and Spengler in North Richland. The homes are affordable, with small lawns and most homes situated on cul-de-sacs, creating a close-knit community. Along with the pool is a clubhouse for those living in the community where friends and neighbors can gather. Homeowner’s association dues cover the costs of the pool maintenance and use.

Like Clipper Ridge, but much larger, the master planned community of Horn Rapids, just off Highway 240, also in the north end of Richland, boasts a community pool for its residents. It has a baby pool, shower and change room, and hires a lifeguard for several hours per day. Residents have a pass code to enter to use the facilities. There is no charge for enjoying this pool during the summer for residents. As Horn Rapids has grown considerably over the past few years, the community is considering adding another community pool for its residents.

Investing in a home is one of the most important decisions families make and, in the Tri-Cities, access to a swimming pool can be a significant consideration, particularly if you have young kids. To spend their summer days swimming and playing at a pool near your home will give your children the chance to be outside, enjoying the long, beautiful summer days the Tri-Cities.

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