> Family > ZOO LAKE SWIMMING POOL, Parkwood
Jan 16, 2010 | Reviewed by: Sandra Amadio


Get your cozzi, my cuzzie! It’s time to return to an old-school boredom (and heat) buster: the public swimming pool.

When you grow up in the smaller burbs like Bez Valley, where postage stamp-sized homes could only dream about backyards big enough to house a pond, let alone, a pool – you’ll remember that there was only one place to go on sweltering summer days: the public pool.
Aah, the smell of chlorine, the taste of warm hotdogs in white paper packets, soft-serve ice creams with flakes and black Wilson’s toffees and then race back home… tripping over your slops and choking on fireballs to avoid the 3pm thunderstorms…takes you back, doesn’t it?
There is still no cheaper or better day spent than a day at the pool, especially if you now have little people of your own. One of toodoo’s favourites is the Zoo Lake Swimming Pool. 5 Bucks gets you in, from 10am to 17:45, 7 days a week! Pack a picnic basket, some reading material, a Frisbee, couple of towels to lie on, and most of all, sunblock, hat and an umbrella (trees are in short supply here).
Whilst some pass the time doing laps as if they’re training for the Olympics, the toodoo girls opt for more grownup activities like loudly playing ‘Marco Polo’, giggling about the boys and practicing handstands in the pool! Yay!
Going to public pools feels somewhat like a time warp back to our schooldays in the 80’s… (did we say 80’s? We meant 90’s, of course…) and there’s something quite comforting and retro-cool about that. You’ll still get wet patches on the car seat. The cloakrooms still look exactly the way they did 25 years ago. Thankfully though, there are fewer Speedos in sight nowadays…phew!

So if you can’t go to some fancy-schmancy seaside resort this year, you may as well take a trip down memory lane and save a bundle by being cool by the pool. Oh, and unlike at snooty resorts and hotels, public pools actually encourage ‘Dive Bombs’. They’re practically mandatory!

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  1. NickiD commented On26/07/2010 at 9:58 am

    Do people still GO to public pools?! Please say yes … this looks GREAT!

  2. toodoo_Sandra Amadio commented On26/07/2010 at 10:17 am

    Hey NickiD! Yes, indeedy, people do and it’s still very popular! You’ll spot us there from time to time…doing dive bombs hehe

  3. NickiD commented On26/07/2010 at 10:38 am

    WOW!!! Could you give us the exact street address? COME ON SUMMER!

  4. toodoo_Sandra Amadio commented On26/07/2010 at 10:44 am

    Cnr of Lower Park Drive, Cnr Prince of Wales Road and Cnr Westwold Way, Parkwood

  5. NickiD commented On05/08/2010 at 8:42 am

    YIPEE!!! Can’t wait :)

  6. Merle commented On26/08/2010 at 8:23 am

    Is this still open? Jozikids.co.za had them on our site for a while and were told it had closed down. Maybe for renovation?

  7. Sandra commented On26/08/2010 at 8:33 am

    @Merle, we were swimming there at the beginning of this year.

  8. Carlette commented On24/10/2011 at 9:26 am

    This is around the corner from where I stay – I think I’m going to give it a try this week after work one day :)

  9. kay commented On15/01/2012 at 8:03 am

    is the pool still open, im thinking of having a lil pool party for my birthday…

  10. Sandra commented On15/01/2012 at 8:52 am

    @Kay, yup last time we checked, a couple of weeks back, the pool was open. Call them up to check if you like. Pool party sounds like a fab idea…obviously weather dependent. Go early and prepare to leave by 3ish before the late afternoon shower hits

  11. Catherine commented On03/09/2012 at 7:18 am

    Please could someone assist me – I have been trying to call someone at the swimming pool from a number I found on google – 011 646 8495, and there is no answer. I would like to know if they are open for the spring season yet? Thanks so much!

  12. Sandra commented On03/09/2012 at 7:23 am

    @Catherine, I’m afraid that is the only number we have for them. Perhaps Joburg Parks can assist?

  13. tazZ commented On04/01/2013 at 2:46 pm

    Hi… Iz it open this year? Me nd a few of my girls wanna check it out 2mrw nd also try the famous dive bombs

  14. sandra amadio commented On07/01/2013 at 11:09 am

    Yo TazZ, did you come right with the Dive Bombs? xx There’s a number on the review if you’d like to call the pool. xx

  15. Michel commented On07/01/2013 at 2:51 pm

    The pool closes for the winter and is open for the summer.

    I think it closes in at the beginning on 1 April each year.

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