Opened in 1998, Simpkins Family Swim Center is one of the largest pools in Santa Cruz County. It is a part of the County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services. The swimming center has a 50-meter, 18-lane lap pool and holds nearly 600k gallons of water. Located in Santa Cruz, Calif., it also comprises four pools, a slide and a community center with kitchen. The pool is used for lap swimming, water polo, water aerobics and therapy/recreational swimming. It also provides a zero-depth entry ramp for easy wheel chair access. Simpkins Family Swim Center offers swimming lessons, hosts pool parties, provides life guard training and exercise to reduce arthritis pain.