Pool Complex

Starting Saturday, August 7 through Labor Day, the Elm Avenue Park Pool complex begins late summer hours and will be open noon - 7 pm, daily.  Additionally please note that the pool complex will be closed on September 1 and 2, related to staff availability.

  • Pool Complex Information 2021
  • Open to Town of Bethlehem residents and their guests. Non-residents must be accompanied by a resident with a valid pool pass.
  • Bethlehem Central School District residents who do not live in the Town of Bethlehem may obtain a special Pay-As-You-Go pass and pay guest rates. A Bethlehem Central School District tax bill is required to obtain a pass.
  • Free WiFi available thanks to the Bethlehem Public Library.


The Elm Avenue Park pool complex is open daily from June 12 to September 6, 2021, weather permitting. The pool complex consists of a 50-meter pool, an intermediate pool, a diving pool, two children's spray pools, a children's play area, locker rooms.  No smoking and no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Enjoy the best outdoor pool facility in the Capital District
The pool complex is a tobacco-free zone. Thank you for your cooperation.


The hours of operation are as follows (weather permitting):
Facility Hours
Olympic, Diving and L-Shaped pools and Splash Islands
Daily 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Special Notes

  • Pools are cleared daily 10 minutes prior to closing time.
  • At times throughout the summer, sections of the pools may be closed due to staff limitations.
  • From August 7 - September 6, the pool complex will be open 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Children under age 9 must be accompanied by someone age 14 and older.

Pool Passes/Fobs

All residents age 5 and older must have a pool pass to enter the pool complex. There are two options for passes.

Pay-as-you-go Pass

Scan your pass and pay admission at the pool desk. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident with a valid pool pass.  See rates below.

Season Pass

Scan your pass at the pool desk and enter the pool complex.

Obtaining a Pass

  • Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted for season passes.
  • If you are a Town of Bethlehem property owner, call the park office between May 3 and June 11, and we will verify your residency using the current year’s tax roll.  We will then register you and your family for a pool pass over the phone.  Once registered, you may pick up your fobs/passes at the park office until June 11.  Starting June 12, they may be picked up at the pool.
  • If you rent in the Town of Bethlehem, you must make an appointment and bring photo ID and proof of residency such as a current utility bill, lease agreement, etc., no PO boxes, to the park office during the hours indicated below.
  • For a child care provider pass, the provider must be employed by a Bethlehem family at least eight weeks or 30 hours per week during the summer.
  • Passes/Fobs must be obtained in person at the pool or the office during the following hours:
    • Pool: Prior to opening for the season, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 pm on May 18, 20, 25, 27 and June 1, 3, 8, 10; or Saturdays from 9 am - 12 noon on May 29 and June 5
    • Pool: Once open for the season, Daily, during pool hours until 30 minutes before closing
    • Office: By appointment only, must call to schedule, starting May 3, Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pool Fees

Season Pass Rates

Type Cost
Family 4+
Family 3
Family 2
Individual Adult (age 14 - 61) $100
Individual Child (age 5 - 13) $85
Child Care Provider (non-resident) $115

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted for season passes. A child care provider must be employed by a Bethlehem family at least eight weeks or 30 hours per week during the summer.

Pay-as-you-go Rates

Age Cost for resident with
2021 validated pass
Cost for non-resident guest or
resident without a pass
Adults (age 14 - 61)
After 5 p.m.
Senior Citizens (age 62+)
After 5 p.m.
Children (age 5 - 13)
After 5 p.m.
Children (under 5)
After 5 p.m.
$6.50 (age 2 - 4)
$5.50 (age 2 - 4)

  • Please note that refunds cannot be granted. Please watch weather forecasts carefully.
  • Credit cards are the only form of payment accepted at the pool.
  • Rates apply to EVERYONE entering the pool complex regardless of whether you swim or not.

Pool Party Reservations

No reservations for 2021.

Pool Complex Rules

Please follow all pool complex rules. Also, help protect against recreational water illness by abiding by the following rules:
  • Individuals with diarrhea shall not use the pools or spray ground.
  • Shower yourself and your child after using the toilet.
  • Use foot showers at the spray ground.
  • Children who are not fully toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper covered by rubber pants.
  • There shall be no urinating, discharging of fecal matter, expectorating, or blowing the nose in the pool or on the spray ground.
  • Please use locker rooms for diaper changing.
  • Spray features use recycled water; do not drink.