GRANT PARK — City of Atlanta officials including Councilwoman Carla Smith and Councilman Kwanza Hall recently announced the official re-opening and relocation of the Martin Luther King public pool. In partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools System, the new public pool is now at Martin Luther King Middle School.
Due to safety concerns at the original Martin Luther King Natatorium, the facility has been closed and Atlanta residents can now use the pool at King Middle School.
The school, located at 582 Connally St. SE, is within a two-mile radius of the natatorium. There is an indoor six-lane, 25 meter pool as well as locker room facilities with showers, which are all located on the bottom floor of the middle school. Parking also is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
"While our primary focus is on serving the nearly 50,000 students who attend our schools, we also proudly serve the communities in which our schools are located,” said Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. said.
“This partnership will benefit both our students and the community, and it is an example of our renewed commitment to all of our stakeholders."
As part of the collaboration with King Middle School, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will offer swimming lessons to students during school hours.
Lap swimming, water aerobics, lessons, the Developmental Swim League (DSL) and City of Atlanta Dolphins (CAD) swim teams will be offered during public access times.
In the attached video of the press conference, Hall, who represents District 2, says that he looks forward to coming to King Middle School to do his swimming, and is happy that his constituents still have a place to swim.
For those in the community that used the gym/workout machines at the Natatorium, they have also been moved. The fitness center has been moved to Grant Park Recreation Center, which is within a one-mile radius of Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Please note: The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center remains open, and is not impacted by the closing of the pool and fitness center.
For the new public access hours of operation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Natatorium, visit the City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation’s Aquatics webpage.