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The Municipal Pools

STAFF PICK: Not much costs a quarter anymore, especially something that lasts all afternoon. But in Tucson, a kid can hit the municipal pools for two dimes and a Buffalo head. Each pool is different. We spent a couple of weeks checking out as many as possible last summer, from the tattooed lifeguards napping on cots at the worn Northwest pool on Silverbell Road, to the posh urban rec-center scene at Udall pool on Tanque Verde Road. Everyone has their favorite dips, understandably, because some pools have awesome water slides, while others have 3-meter high dives. Himmel pool even has a wading pool for the small tikes, with a gradual slope into the water instead of the usual steps that confound stubby legs. While the cost can't be beat (only 50-cents for grown-ups), we have just one problem with the municipal pools: Most are only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It sure seems there are after-school and weekend hours when the pools would get high use during the other months of the year.

Case History

1997 Winner: Reid Park Zoo
1996 Winner: Reid Park
1995 Winner: Reid Park Zoo

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