On hot days, the Piedmont Swim Club is a magnet for Piedmonters wanting to cool off in one of the club's three…More outdoor pools.
Though it's a private club, because the facility is located on leased city land and membership represents about a quarter of Piedmont residents, the whole community feels ownership.
The Piedmont Swim Team (which is a separate entity), Recreation Department Programs, and the Piedmont High School water polo teams use the facility. Additionally, the club swings open its doors to non-member residents every Friday, except for the third week of the month when Saturday is the public access day; admission is $5 for children 1 to 15 and $10 for adults.
Earning a "white patch" to swim in the big pool (the one with basketball hoops and diving board) by passing a proficiency test is a rite of passage for Piedmont kids. Swimming lessons and Red Cross authorized safety courses are open to all, and many graduates return as lifeguards and instructors.
The Recreation Department provides for all kinds of fun in Piedmont.
The department puts on special…More events—such as the summer movies in Piedmont Park, annual July 4th parade and Halloween haunted house—and organizes ongoing sports, arts and enrichment programs throughout the year.
From Kindermusik for the wee ones and dining etiquette for elementary schoolers, to babysitting classes for tweens, Scottish Highland dancing for adults, and senior outings, there's something for everyone. Sports offerings range from T-ball and fencing for kids to ladies' tennis.
Residents get first priority for all programs; non-residents can register after resident deadlines have passed.
The department manages scheduling for the Kennelly Skate Park and municipal tennis courts and coordinates rental of Piedmont's recreational facilities, including the Veterans Memorial Building, Exedra Plaza and the community hall in Piedmont Park.
The Recreation Department building is itself a place to play, with pool and foosball tables on the second floor, and a grill-equipped picnic area, small playground and a pair of basketball courts in the back.
The mansion is also home to the department's five pre-school programs. The department's Schoolmates program provides after-school care for older children at Piedmont's three elementary schools.