City's Outdoor Pools to Open Memorial Day Weekend

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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City's Outdoor Pools to Open Memorial Day Weekend

Posted: 05/23/2018
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department will open its two outdoor public pools for residents to beat the heat this Memorial Day weekend. Both the Ed Cothren (1737 Reynolds St.) and Inskip (4204 Bruhin Road) pools will welcome visitors starting 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Pool hours throughout the summer are: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. (weather permitting, of course).

Both pools and their corresponding concession stands now accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover for payment. Admission is $4 per person per visit at Inskip Pool and $3 per person per visit at Ed Cothren Pool. 

This year, the City is introducing a “Splash Pass” to frequent pool users, who will be given a plastic card that is punched for a certain number of pool admissions.

Splash Passes may be purchased at the pools for:
• Inskip Pool – 10 admissions for $33; 20 admissions for $60
• Ed Cothren Pool – 10 admissions for $25; 20 admissions for $45


Ed Cothren Pool

Ed Cothren Pool is a 275,000-gallon pool with one diving board and an accessible ramp. The surrounding Malcolm-Martin Park area features a baseball field, basketball court, concession stand, two playgrounds, three shelters and the 0.3-mile Malcolm-Martin Greenway loop. The large shelter near the playground may be rented.


Inskip Pool

Inskip Pool is a 285,000-gallon pool with two low dives and a high dive. The Inskip park area also features a sand volleyball court, concession stand, a playground, three picnic shelters inside the pool area, three tennis courts, 0.3-mile walking loop, and a nine-hole youth disc golf course.

Both of the City’s outdoor pools are available for rentals during the evenings. To reserve a pool, please visit


Knoxville Parks and Recreation’s Aquatics Division also programs each pool.  

Three learn-to-swim sessions will be offered at Inskip Pool during the summer. Cost per session is $60 for the initial child and $45 for any additional children participating.

The sessions include eight 45-minute lessons:
• Session 1: June 4-7 and June 11-14
• Session 2: June 18-21 and June 25-28
• Session 3: July 9-12 and July 16-19

Starting June 4, Aqua Zumba will be available at Inskip Pool on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information on the City’s outdoor pools and programming, please visit or call Inskip Pool at 865-687-9919 and Ed Cothren Pool at 865-544-7840. (These numbers may also be called for pool closings related to weather.)


Worlds Fair Park Fountains

Additionally, the City has water play fountains that are open free to the public, with locations at Market Square, the Krutch Park extension on Gay Street, World’s Fair Park and Volunteer Landing.

Click here to learn more about the fountains.