Madison's first municipal swimming pool become a reality in 2006. Long-time community members and philanthropists Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman kicked off the project by donating $2.8 million. They wisely put some strings on the donation - the groundbreaking for the pool needed to be in July 2005. With that as incentive, the City and the Madison Parks Foundation dove into action. The pool is officially named in their honor.
The Goodman Pool season coincides with the Madison Metropolitan School District calendar, opening on the first day of summer-break and continuing through Labor Day. Goodman Pool offers swimming lessons, masters swim, recreation swim, lap swim and a swim team.
It is easy to get to the Goodman Pool with its central location and convenience to the Beltline, bike trails, and bus routes (Route 13). Visitors to the Goodman Pool will enjoy the 1000 person capacity, 2 waterslides, 8 lane 25-meter lap area with diving boards, and a number of shallow water play features for pre-school aged children. The pool area is complete with a fully accessible playground, designed for 2-5 year olds, concessions, changing rooms, deck chairs, umbrella tables and shade structures. It's a great place to spend your summer!