Westside Pool Celebrates 50th Birthday and Kicks Off Year Round Opening with Free Admission


 The City of Gainesville Wild Spaces & Public Places and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Departments (PRCA) are hosting a pool party to celebrate H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool’s 50th birthday and the completion of installation of geothermal heating and cooling pumps, which allows the pool to remain open year round. The celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12-5 p.m. at Westside Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31 Dr. Admission to the public is free for this event.  

In addition to a free afternoon of family fun, attendees have a chance to win free giveaways such as pool passes, golf at Ironwood Golf Course and Hoggetowne Medieval Faire tickets. Come enjoy the afternoon, grab some cake and we’ll see you at the pool!

The installation of the new geothermal pumps will allow Westside Pool, traditionally open from May through late October, to remain open all year long to further support events, increase programming and activate the pool during months when, in the past, it was not utilized. Founded on the input of more than 1,700 citizens, the PRCA 2020 Master Plan detailed heating Westside Pool as a top priority. Wild Spaces & Public Places funds were allocated based on that public feedback. Westside Pool historically has the highest usage of all three city pools, with 56,651 people visiting in 2017!  Westside Pool is now the second city pool open year round. The Dwight H. Hunter “Northeast” Pool has been open year round since 2010 after geothermal pumps were installed.

This project was funded with the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax.  The half-cent sales tax is being collected in the county from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2024, and is used to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities and acquire and improve environmentally-sensitive lands.

For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187, or visit