Aquatics & Fitness

The Valdese Recreation Department Pool will be closed Wednesday evenings in January for high school swim meets.  These closures will not impact the fitness center. 

The entire community center, including the gym, pool, and fitness center will be closed on Monday January, 17 at 5pm in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

We look forward to having you all visit us at your Valdese Recreation Department!

M-F: 5:30am - 8:30 pm | Sat.: 7:00 am- 6:00 pm | Closed Sunday
Click here for the Winter 2021 Pool Schedule 

2020-2021 Fee Schedule

Day Use:

Pool Ages 4 and Under: $3.00
Pool Ages 5-18 | Including Seniors (55+): $4.00
Pool Ages 19-54: $5.00
Fitness Center All Ages: $5.00
($4.00 minimum for all credit cards + 3% surcharge)

The Valdese Aquatics and Fitness Center provides recreational and exercise facilities for members and walk-in visitors on a year-round basis. Nearly one thousand people signed up for membership within the first eighteen months. The pool is twenty-five yards long, with ten lanes for swim meets or lap swimming. It is enclosed from October through May to allow for year-round swimming. In warm months, the cover is removed, allowing you to tan as you swim. The fitness center features Cybex "nautilus-style" weight training equipment, dumbbells, stair-steppers, treadmills, recumbent and traditional exercise bikes, and ellipticals. Anyone needing assistance with the machines can call on a full-time attendant to explain how everything operates. A number of classes, including: yoga, aerobics, water aerobics, and step aerobics are offered for a small fee. All classes are led by certified instructors. The Jimmy C. Draughn Aquatics and Fitness Center provides recreational and exercise facilities for members and walk-in visitors on a year-round basis. 

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Valdese Parks & Recreation Department is now a Silver&Fit® participating fitness center! Silver&Fit is designed specifically to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Silver&Fit provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Silver&Fit is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated. If your health plan offers Silver&Fit and you would like more information about Valdese Parks & Recreation Department, please contact Valdese Parks & Recreation Department at 312 Massel Ave. NW, or call 828-879-2144. You may also visit Silver&Fit at Silver&Fit is a federally registered trademark of American Specialty Health Incorporated.

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Aquatics Supervisor
Telephone (828) 874-6737
Community Center (828) 879-2132


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