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Colman Pool: Aiming for equity and accessibility

City wants your ideas on upgrading its only public saltwater pool

Seattle Parks and Recreation will soon upgrade Colman Pool, the public saltwater pool in King County and one of only two outdoor pools in Seattle. This month, the parks department is inviting members of the community to learn about the project — and share their ideas for more improvements.

Among the expected changes: construction of family and non-gender-specific restrooms and changing areas.

A public open house and input session will take place at the pool this Sunday, July 17, from noon to 2 p.m. 

Seattle’s most scenic spool

Colman Pool, located in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, was built in 1941 and sits on the west side of the park. Built at the beach line, the pool has 50-meter swim lanes and water slides and overlooks Puget Sound. It offers scenic views of nearby islands, mountains and ferries and the occasional seals and orca.  It’s also one of the most popular pools in Seattle during the summer months.

Accessibility and equity

The parks department says upgrades to the pool’s original locker rooms are needed to meet accessibility standards. The project will also include the construction of family and non-gender-specific restrooms and changing areas. And, cast-iron pipes and components of the sand filter system that draws water from Puget Sound for swimming will also be addressed as part of the project.

SPR want to hear from you

If you and your family have ideas about how to make Colman pool more enjoyable, accessible and/or representative, mark your calendar and head to Colman this weekend.

The pool is located at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW (on the park’s Sound side). Can’t attend? Got questions? Contact project planner Oliver Bazinet at or 206-427-9086. 

To learn more about Colman Pool please visit

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