Local Spotlight: Covington Recreation Center

Covington Recreation Center

Can you believe school starts in less than two weeks?! Before it is time to hit the books, make time to splash around in the pool at the newly-renovated Covington Recreation Center in Opelika.

What’s New

This community staple, opened since 1962, was overdue for a complete renovation. Now, after a $1.8 million investment, the new facility is open to the public once again.

The complete rebuild features an updated exterior complete with new windows, siding and stone. Once inside, guests will notice the new lobby, office spaces, game room, lockers, kitchen and concession stand.

What was once a north lobby is now a nice reception area that does double duty as a conference room. Other upgrades include new lighting in the basketball gym as well as new heating and air. In addition, more parking spaces were added along with landscaping.


While you are enjoying the revamped, all-new rec center, be sure to take advantage of all the amenities:

  • Basketball gym
  • Outdoor pool
  • Baby pool
  • Playground
  • Game room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Adult softball fields
  • Picnic area with grills

Location and Hours

Covington Recreation Center is located at 213 Carver Ave. in Opelika. The outdoor pool is open daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $2 per day plus $1 for access to the baby pool.

Regular hours vary. A good way to check the schedule and keep up with the latest news is to like them on Facebook.

Other Public Pools

Interested in additional public pools offering free swim hours? Check out Opelika Sportsplex & Aquatics Center or Samford Pool in Auburn.

The Opelika Sportsplex has an indoor aquatics center, splash pad and zero entry pool. Free swim is Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $4 per day for non-members.

Samford Pool in Auburn is located behind East Samford School off Wrights Mill Road. The outdoor pool is open for recreational swimming Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hours for rec swim are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. while Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Plus, Samford Pool has night swims Monday and Wednesday only from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Less than 10 minutes and five miles from Covington Recreation Center you will find Tree Tops Apartment Homes! Whether you are tired after a good pick-up game and swim at the rec or from a long day at work, Tree Tops offers cozy places to rest and reboot.

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