Pool Complex

  • Open to Town of Bethlehem residents and their guests. Non-residents must be accompanied by a resident with a valid pool pass.
  • Bethlehem Central School District residents who do not live in the Town of Bethlehem may obtain a special Pay-As-You-Go pass and pay guest rates. A Bethlehem Central School District tax bill is required to obtain a pass.
  • Free WiFi available thanks to the Bethlehem Public Library.


The Elm Avenue Park pool complex is open daily from June 9 to August 27, 2023, weather permitting. The pool complex consists of a 50-meter pool, an intermediate pool, a diving pool, two children's spray pools, a children's play area, locker rooms.  No smoking and no alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Enjoy the best outdoor pool facility in the Capital District.

The pool complex is a tobacco-free zone. Thank you for your cooperation.


The hours of operation are as follows (weather permitting):

Olympic, Diving and L-Shaped pools and Splash Islands
Daily 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
June 9 - August 5

Special Notes

  • Pools are cleared daily 10 minutes prior to closing time.
  • At times throughout the summer, sections of the pools may be closed due to staff limitations.
  • From August 6 - August 27, the pool complex will be open 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Children under age 9 must be accompanied by someone age 14 and older.

Pool Passes/Fobs

All residents age 5 and older must have a pool pass to enter the pool complex. There are two options for passes.

Pay-as-you-go Pass

Scan your pass and pay admission at the pool desk. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident with a valid pool pass.  See rates below.

Season Pass

Scan your pass at the pool desk and enter the pool complex.

How to Obtain a Pool Pass

  • The first step to obtain a new pool fob is to set up your household account with Parks and Recreation.  If you have never had a pool pass and/or registered for an activity with us, you are probably not in our system.  This process requires photo ID and proof of residency, for example, a recent utility bill with current address.
  • There are multiple ways to obtain a new pool fob and/or renew, all listed below.  Please try to plan ahead and obtain your pool fob prior to coming to the pool for the first time.
  • In Person
    • If you do not have a household account in our system, you must present a photo ID and proof of residency.  If you own property in the Town of Bethlehem, we can verify residency using the tax rolls but photo ID is still required.
    • To renew or obtain a fob, you may do so in person a the Elm Avenue Park Office beginning May 2nd, or at the Elm Ave Park Pool Complex prior to opening day, see schedule below**.
  • Online
    • If you obtained a pool fob in 2021 or 2022, you can renew it online.  You CANNOT renew old pool passes (with a photo on it) online.  And you can only renew the fob online if you are obtaining the same pass option as the previous year.

Where to Obtain or Renew Pool Passes

  • Park Office
    • Beginning May 1st, we will begin issuing pool fobs at the Elm Ave Park Office.  Hours to obtain a pool fob are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The office is located at 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar, NY  12054.
  • At the Pool Complex
    • Just like previous years, you can obtain a pool pass right at the pool once the complex opens on June 9th.  In addition to this service, we have added multiple dates prior to the complex officially being open.  See schedule below for this in person option for obtaining or renewing a pool fob.
    • **Pre-season pick up schedule
       Weekdays, 4 pm - 7 pm:  5/16, 5/18, 5/23, 5/25, 5/30,  6/1, 6/6
       Weekends, 9 am - 12 noon:  5/20 and 6/3

Pool Fees

Payment Options

  • Please note that refunds cannot be granted.  Please watch weather forecasts carefully.
  • We no longer accept cash at the pool.  Only debit cards and Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover cards.  However, if you have a Pay-As-You-Go pass, you can use cash, check, or a credit card at the Park Office to create a "household credit" which can later be debited and used for pool entry.  Applying a credit to your household can only be done at the Park Office, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Rates apply to EVERYONE entering the pool complex regardless of whether you swim or not.

Season Pass Rates

Family 4+
Family 3
Family 2
Individual Adult (age 14 - 61)$100
Individual Child (age 5 - 13)$85
Child Care Provider (non-resident)$115

A child care provider must be employed by a Bethlehem family at least six weeks or 30 hours per week during the summer.

Pay-as-you-go Rates

AgeCost for resident with
2023 validated pass
Cost for non-resident guest or
resident without a pass
Adults (age 14 - 61)
After 5 p.m.
Senior Citizens (age 62+)
After 5 p.m.
Children (age 5 - 13)
After 5 p.m.
Children (under 5)
After 5 p.m.
$6.50 (age 2 - 4)
$5.50 (age 2 - 4)


Pool Party Reservations are Back!

Town of Bethlehem residents with a valid pool pass may reserve the shelter and adjacent grass area near Splash Islands for parties!  Party time slots can be scheduled anytime, Monday -Sunday between 12 noon and a half hour before close.  The $135 fee includes:

  • Admission for up to 20 party attendees (wristbands will be provided).  Additional guests are $4.75 each.
  • A shout out on the pool PA system.
  • White board greeting.
  • We will also have a wagon available to transport your party supplies from your vehicle to the pool area.

For more information, view the pool party flyer.

Submit pool party reservation form with payment to the Parks and Recreation Office.

Pool Complex Rules

Please follow all pool complex rules. Also, help protect against recreational water illness by abiding by the following rules:

  • Individuals with diarrhea shall not use the pools or spray ground.
  • Shower yourself and your child after using the toilet.
  • Use foot showers at the spray ground.
  • Children who are not fully toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper covered by rubber pants.
  • There shall be no urinating, discharging of fecal matter, expectorating, or blowing the nose in the pool or on the spray ground.
  • Please use locker rooms for diaper changing.
  • Spray features use recycled water; do not drink.