IN THE D: Pretend It’s Summer & Head to an Indoor Pool

By: Scott Davis | February 3, 2015

Well, we just endured an unprecedented and historic snowstorm. Southeast Michigan saw nearly 17 inches of snow, and the temperature outside isn’t exactly favorable either. So, going swimming is probably not on the forefront of your mind. However, let’s recollect on the winter of 2014. Although we may not have seen as much snow in one day last year as we did with this recent snowstorm, last winter seemed like it never stopped snowing. In retrospect, with the exception of this week, we’ve had a pretty mild winter thus far in terms of snowfall (knock on wood).

When the roads and conditions are no longer treacherous, most of us don’t want to be homebodies. There are plenty of winter activities to choose from, but if you’ve had enough of the bitter cold, maybe a more summerlike activity will cheer you up. As mentioned earlier, swimming is most likely not the number one activity in the winter, but thanks to these facilities referred to as “indoor pools,” it is certainly a possibility.

Metro Detroit offers several options to splash around or get your aquatics on in the bitter and blustery months. Listed below are just a few places to consider:

Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Twp., houses a nice aquatic center with two pools and a hot tub. The lap/slide pool includes four lap lanes, (each of which is 20 yards long), a water slide, log run and even a lazy river! The feature pool has a zero-depth entry area for easy access into the pool, floor geysers and a play structure. Open swim, swimming lessons, aquatics and fitness and special events all take place here. Here is a complete list of programs. Hours vary daily, but here is the schedule. You’re welcome.

Livonia Community Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard, Livonia, offers indoor aquatics. The 6,500 square ft. leisure pool, very similar to Macomb’s pool, has a zero-depth entrance, geysers, sprays and a water playground. Not to be outdone, the Livonia pool has a lazy river of its own. The warm-up pool features four 25-yard-long lap lanes. There is also a spa. The best part, though? A 250-foot long waterslide, where the adventurous race down in an inner tube! If that doesn’t scream fun, I’m not sure what does. The pool is open seven days a week to the public, but it is closed during classes and lessons.

Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Rd., Troy, has a lot to offer in its indoor pool. Starting with the main pool, swimmers can play basketball, swim laps or just lounge around. There is also a therapy pool for those with therapeutic needs. The “Twist and Plunge” waterslides are sure to be a good time, as you climb to the ceiling and twist and slide your way back into the water. Other amenities include boat slides, lily pads and a “Splash and Tumble” zone. Swim lessons are available for different age groups, as well as lifeguard and “Aquacise” classes. The Troy Family Aquatic Center is a perfect place to go in the summer.

Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, is a gorgeous facility. The aquatic center provides a 5-lane, 25-yard long lap pool, lazy river, sauna, steam room, spa and a zero-depth leisure pool with several features, including a water slide. There are plenty of fitness and aquatic classes as well, such as Aqua Tone and Aqua Kickbox. Lap swim, open swim, parent and tot swim and river walking are all available activities. You can check the schedule for your convenience. There are also lifeguard and swim instructor training classes offered.

As this story illustrates, Metro Detroit has more than a handful of indoor pools in the area. If your city has a community center, chances are high it also has an indoor pool. Think summer thoughts and head to an indoor pool near you (well, when the roads are actually drivable). Good day!