Pool Parties & Rentals

979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 454-7960

Whether you’re looking to book a private pool party for a child's birthday or to celebrate with family, we have you covered. Simpkins Family Swim Center is available for your special use! You can reserve a portion, or all of the swim center pools for exclusive use!

Facilities at Simpkins Family Swim Center

Find out about the pools & amenities available at the swim center!
Contact the Swim Center for more information and to book your rental!

Complex Details
& Getting Here

979 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Simpkins Family Swim Center is connected to the Live Oak Community Center which contains the County Parks, Open Space, and Cultural Services Department and community meeting rooms.


Free parking is available as well as EV charging stations, bike racks and bike lockers.

Pool Details

50-meter lap swim pool

  • 17 lanes, 25 yards in length.
  • 78°F pool temperature.
  • Pool depth ranges from 3.5 to 8 feet deep.
  • 4 of the 17 lap swim lanes are 3.5 to 4 feet deep.

Warm water pool

  • 18 x 10 yards in size.
  • 88°F pool temperature.
  • Zero depth entry with a ramp, slopes to a depth of 4 feet.
Swim Center Details

More Features

  • Spray Zone by the Warm Water Pool
  • Picnic tables.
  • Sunny deck space and lounge chairs
  • Indoor lobby and restrooms.

Optional Additions

  • Wibit inflatable play apparatus (available for Saturday PM rentals only, pending staff availability) 
Amenities & Lifeguards

Amenities include locker rooms, bathrooms, ADA-accessible hot showers, lockers (bring your own lock). Pull buoys and kickboards are available for shared use when lap swimming. No towel service is available. Lifeguards are certified and provide supervision during regular hours and private rentals.


A water wheel chair is available at the swim center. Each pool has stationary, ADA-compliant lift plus a mobile lift for entry/exit in any pool area. An additional gender-inclusive bathroom is available with an ADA shower, changing bed, locker, and toilet. Questions? Contact Us!

Rentals at Simpkins Family Swim Center

 Private Pool Parties are not currently available due to staff scheduling limitations.

The Covered Picnic Area at the swim center is available for reservation on Saturdays & Sundays during AM open swim (9AM-12PM) and/or PM Rec Swim (12:30-4pm) shared use of the facility. Included in the shaded space are 3 large picnic tables with seating space for a group of 25-30. Reservation fee does not include guests' admission to the pool.  

 Please phone 454-7964 for more information on Covered Picnic Area / Birthday party availability and other reservations at Simpkins Swim Center.    



Pool Party & Rental Details
  • Covered Picnic Area Reservations are available during Rec Swim Hours and do not include guests' admission to the facility.
  • Private pool rentals are not currently available due to staff scheduling limitations. 
  • When available, Private Pool rentals are bookable on weekends after the Swim Center closes, typically beginning at 4:30pm. 
  • When available, Parties are for 2 or 3 hours Spring through Fall ( Mar - Oct)
  • Parties are staffed by certified lifeguards.

Contact Us


(831) 454-7960

Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 7:45 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited as some staff members are working remotely.