Splash into Summer at the Marana Pool Starting Tuesday, May 30

Marana is a place where we love our outdoor fun all year long. Even as the summer temperatures heat up, there are still plenty of ways to stay active in our beautiful desert environment. On Tuesday, May 30, the refreshing waters of the Marana Pool will greet swimmers for the first time, which means that for the next few months, it’s splashing time. All summer long, Marana Parks and Recreation will host a variety of structured activities as well as some laid-back fun in the sun. So grab your sunscreen and goggles, because it’s time to dive into summer.

Parent and Tot Pool Play

Our youngest swimmers and their outgoing parents won’t want to miss out on Parent and Tot Play at the pool. This program offers a safe and exclusive pool environment for parents and tots to enjoy the water with other parents and tots, along with organized games and pool toys. For two Saturdays in both June and July, you can blow your tot’s mind with the biggest bath tub they’ve ever seen. 

YMCA Swim Lessons

For over 100 years, the Y has been helping kids across the country learn to swim. Drowning poses a significant danger for kids just learning how to have fun in the water, and participants in this class will learn the fundamentals of how to swim safely. For swimmers-to-be aged 5-12, there’s no better way to get ready for a lifetime of water adventures than swimming lessons from the Y.

There will be four two-week sessions held in July and August, and information on how to sign up is available here.

Sensory Splash at the Heritage Park Splash Pad and at the Marana Pool

Do you have a child, aged 5-12, with special needs? Marana Parks and Recreation is offering the perfect program for you. The Sensory Splash, offered at both the splash pad and the pool, provides a safe, positive, and exclusive aquatic and social meet-up experience for individuals with special needs. We will cater the pool and equipment towards those individuals, along with some planned activities for the participants to enjoy.

Junior Lifeguard Training

Grab your red buoy and put on your Hasselhoff face, because this summer, you, yes you (if you’re 11-14 years old), can get your Junior Lifeguard training in Marana.  This course is designed to prepare future lifeguards by building a foundation of aquatic knowledge, attitudes, and skills.

Water Aerobics

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sing along with Cyndi Lauper while splashing to the beat? Wonder no more, my friend. Marana’s Water Aerobics program is the perfect activity to tone up for months and months of summer fun. Here, you’ll be able to build up flexibility, core strength, and balance while also helping you to reach your fitness goals. These Saturday classes will run through June and July, and are open to all participants aged 16 or older.

Splash n’ Dash Series

They say cross-training is the best form of exercise, so Marana’s Splash n’ Dash series may just be the best way to stay fit this summer. This event combines a long-distance swim with a run (distances vary by age group), and frankly, the only way to hit the pavement in this heat is to do so after a refreshing swim.

The Splash n’ Dash will occur on July 13 and July 27, and registration is only $5. Both events will occur in the early evening, starting at 6pm. And the best part? For free, Marana Parks and Recreation is throwing in the added bonus of watching a beautiful Southern Arizona sunset. We’ll see you in the water!

Dive-in Movies

Throughout the year, Marana hosts free screenings of a variety of family-friendly movies. When the temperature heats up, though, we move from the park to the pool. The Marana Pool will host Dive-in Movies all summer long. The summer’s first movie will be Despicable Me on June 17, followed by Finding Dory on July 15, and Moana on August 19 at the Heritage River Park Splash Pad.

Free Lap Swim

For a rigorous workout that won’t leave you panting from heat stroke, try lap swimming at the Marana Pool. Every Tuesday and Thursday this summer, starting May 30, the pool is open during the lunch hour, 11:30am-12:30pm, so head on over for some refreshing mid-day laps.

Free Open Swim

Are you not into the whole group activity thing? No problem, we’ve got just the thing for you. Every Monday through Saturday, 1-5pm, the pool is open for free open swim. Come relax in the sun, bring your friends, and hang out at the pool. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


With so much going on this summer, the Marana Pool is the place to be. No one’s better at having fun in the sun than us desert dwellers. Whether you’re looking to up your swim game, strengthen your core with water aerobics, or just splash around with a pool noodle, you’ve come to the right place.