Arbor Heights pool goes to the dogs – this week only!

(WSB photo from September 2011)
Got a dog that loves to swim? Here’s her/his big chance! From Cori:

It is that time again, Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis club is closed for the season but before we go, we are opening the pool to dogs this week.

M-F 5-7 pm and Sat 10 am-1 pm

$10 donation to cover the cost of removing dog hair from the filter system, money left over goes to support teams. Also available for $20/dog – a pass that is good for the week.

Dogs must be healthy, up to date on vaccinations and very well socialized. Owners are responsible for their pet. Do not bring more dogs than you can control. Thank you!

Might still be cloudy today by swim time, but the rest of the week looks summery. AHSTC is at 11003 31st SW.

22 Replies to "Arbor Heights pool goes to the dogs - this week only!"

  • Beth September 10, 2012 (8:10 am)

    Thanks Cori!
    Rex is so excited!!!

  • cruzer September 10, 2012 (9:09 am)

    COOL! Can we humans swim too, with our pets?

  • Keri September 10, 2012 (9:19 am)

    Do we have to be members?

  • ca September 10, 2012 (9:31 am)

    sweet! can we go in with our pups???

    • WSB September 10, 2012 (9:38 am)

      99 percent sure it’s dogs only, which is what it was last year, as the announcement made a point of “closed to people.”

  • p September 10, 2012 (10:00 am)

    Sorry I think that this is ridiculous.
    Let your dogs swim in the sound if you must but letting them all into a member paying swimming pool is nothing short of gross.

  • Steve Manning September 10, 2012 (10:07 am)

    There are so many dogs in the pool that you wouldn’t want to swim with them! It’s awesome, even if you just go and watch.

  • curious September 10, 2012 (10:19 am)

    @ p – the article says the pool is closed for the season.


    I think this is a fun way to end the season there and raise a few bucks, too! I only wish my dog liked to swim or I’d be there!

  • Fred September 10, 2012 (10:47 am)

    Why are so many charges labelled as donations these days?

  • miws September 10, 2012 (10:52 am)

    Psssst! p! I’m sure they’ll clean the pool out rilly rilly good sometime between this event, and next year’s human swim season!



  • Mel September 10, 2012 (10:53 am)

    Awesome. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • Jim September 10, 2012 (11:45 am)


    Entrance fees are subject to a tax. Donations are not. It is a very common practice.

  • Caitlin September 10, 2012 (11:53 am)

    How fun! I am going to bring my dog but she has never been in a pool before, so I might have to lead her in. I read no people allowed, so would I be able to walk her in and stand in the pool until she swims on her own?

  • annika September 10, 2012 (12:30 pm)

    Too bad people can’t go in. My golden retriever is blind and can only swim if I go in with him to help. How disappointing.

  • brody September 10, 2012 (2:08 pm)

    My dogs did this last year and had a blast! Kudos to Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis club!

    There are few legal swimming areas for responsible dog owners to go to and none in West Seattle that I’m aware? (I think the closest is Mercer Island).

    Seems like a no brainer way to earn a few dollars before the pool gets put away for the season. Win/Win.

    I don’t understand the comments about this being gross when the pool closes after this event. Must’ve not read the article?

    My editorial: Even thought it’s not allowed, I’d be more sketched out by a waterpark than swimming with fido. :)

  • WTF September 10, 2012 (3:26 pm)

    @P relax. I’m guessing you find dogs gross or disgusting regardless of where they are. If you think dogs swimming in a chlorinated pool/closed for the season bad, trying swimming in the Sound (I’m pretty sure there is a lot more to be grossed out about than dog hair) or better yet, a public pool after swimming lessons… But, then again you’ve probably never used a rest stop or a toilet seat in a restaurant; now have you!?

  • Bonnie September 10, 2012 (3:39 pm)

    The pool is closed for the season after the Doggie swimming event. It said the cost is to remove dog hair from the filter system and the rest goes to support the Arbor Heights swim teams. Personally, I am not a dog person but what can it hurt? I am sure that humans do much worse in the pool than a dog could do.

  • Sunny September 10, 2012 (5:23 pm)

    I love this idea and plan on taking my dog a few times week! I would love to take my dog swimming in the Sound but as many of us know there isn’t a designated swim park for dogs in WS. If you don’t have anything positive to say than zip it!

  • denbol September 10, 2012 (10:13 pm)

    Just so ya know you will be fined to let your dog swim in the sound. Right?

  • evergreen September 10, 2012 (11:42 pm)

    Can we visit just to watch? My kids would love this!

  • jnelson September 11, 2012 (8:54 pm)

    My husband and I brought our dogs this evening. The dogs had a blast and we had a great time watching them all swim. What a great idea! I am glad that they did this and I look forward to going again next year!

  • Bob Loblaw September 11, 2012 (10:11 pm)

    an absolute blast for dogs and humans alike. even humans without dogs. would not miss it for the world. thanks, WSB, for the reminder.

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