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 28.

Admission is $4 per person per visit at Inskip Pool and $3 per person per visit at Ed Cothren Pool. Pool hours throughout the summer are: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

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 stands, two playgrounds, three shelters and the 0.3-mile Malcolm-Martin Greenway loop.

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 stands, a playground, three picnic shelters inside the pool area, three tennis courts and a recently finished nine-hole youth disc golf course. There is also a large pavilion in the park that is available for rentals.

Knoxville Parks and Recreation also offers Learn-to-Swim classes at Inskip Pool during the summer. Cost per session is $60 for the initial child and $45 for any additional children participating. The first session (eight 45-minute lessons) will be held June 6-9 and June 13-16 (Mon-Thurs).

For more information on the City’s outdoor pools and swim lessons, 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.)

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

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.