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John Houston Memorial Swimming Pool

Hay is fortunate to have a free pool complex located in Lachlan Street at the John Houston Memorial Olympic Pool, and has three pools for all ages; 

Large Olympic 50 metre pool

Medium size pool

Baby wading pool

Officially opened in 1967, after ten years of fund raising and work towards its establishment. Named after John Houston, the President of the Hay Swimming Pool Committee for the whole 11 years the Committee existed.

It is now run by the Hay Shire Council, with FREE ENTRY. There are three pools in total: an Olympic size swimming pool, a "medium" pool, and the toddler’s pool, which is completely under cover.

The pool complex hosts the local school swimming carnivals as well as district carnivals. Private swimming lessons by accredited teachers are also conducted at the pool as well as lessons under the Austswim program. The Hay Amateur Swimming Club also operate out of the Pool complex, with their own meeting room.

The grounds include large lawn areas, both in and outside the pool complex, children’s play equipment, a number of shade structures, and free barbeque  upon request to the pool supervisor.

The toilets are also open to the public outside opening hours.

The pool is open from November through to April, please find the hours below:

November and March
Tuesday - 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Other Weekdays - 3.00pm - 7.00pm
Saturday and Sunday - 12.00pm - 7pm

December, January, February
Tuesday - 12.00pm - 6.00pm
Other days - 12.00pm - 7.00pm

3 Morning sessions – January and February ONLY
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 6.00am - 8.00am

If you wish to hold a birthday party at the swimming pool, please book in with the Pool Supervisor, stating the estimated number of children and how many adults will be supervising.

All bookings and enquires should be made to the Pool supervisor during opening hours on 02 6993 1616.

Application for Private use of the John Houston Memorial Swimming Pool

Swim and Survive Program

This program runs in January, with lessons catering for children aged 18 months to 12 years and are delivered by nationally qualified instructors.

Prices for nine lessons are $72 for school aged  children and $51 for pre-schoolers.* Subject to Change

For more information phone 13 13 02 or visit