Zavier - age 10
I’d give the pool two stars, as it was pretty cool but not very deep and it wasn’t very big. The best thing about it was that it was on a roof. But unless your kid is a 45-year-old living in your basement, I would suggest not bringing them here. Not any kid stuff at all.
Jacob - age 7
This pool is terrible. It’s only 5 feet deep! And there’s like five stair cases that I have to walk up. There were murals on the stairs, but no air conditioning in there. It just takes so much leg energy! When we got up to the pool, the lifeguard had us go allllll the way back down the stairs to take the swim test. The pool is only 20 feet wide.
This Y is mostly for adults. I saw a guy in a speedo. There were punching bags in the hallway on another floor. Those are pretty cool. But they can’t even afford a good pool? The view was pretty awesome.
Carter - age 9
When I first walked up and saw the downtown YMCA pool, my first thought was that is was the smallest pool I’d ever seen. About 30 feet wide and not deep enough for us to do cannonballs. I could go from end to end in 10 seconds. It gets some stars because it was on the rooftop and luckily, they had a good view.
Joseph (friend) - age 9
This pool wasn’t as good as I hoped. For those of you who know all the pools, you are amazing people. And those of you who don’t know the good pools, I don’t know what to say to you. A pool on a roof is a good thing, but not if it’s the only good thing. I could probably swim the whole pool in 10 and a half seconds. When I walked up and saw the pool, I almost fainted, because I couldn’t do cannonballs at all.
Erica - old enough to be their mother
The downtown Y was a flop with the kids. From a grown-up perspective, I found it to be very un-resort-like, since you walk out the door onto a cement pad that is being used as the track, then climb wooden stairs that might have been pilfered from a 1960′s motel off Highway 80. Not impressive. From a parent’s perspective, I was worried my group of four boys (plus dad) would disrupt the small enclosed area. And as far as the view goes, it was ok. It’s still a roof, with tar and sandpapery looking stuff, and a great deal of industrial-looking paint. We won’t be back.
Editor’s note: We were quickly able to determine this pool was not a good fit for our family. We didn’t stay long and instead spent the afternoon at “The Uuuush”.