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Want to cool off quick? Here’s a list of public pools in and around Boston

Miles Dana, 4, jumped into the arms of his nanny Lily Barrera at the DCR's Veteran Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach park along the Charles River in Cambridge.
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Miles Dana, 4, jumped into the arms of his nanny Lily Barrera at the DCR's Veteran Memorial Swimming Pool at Magazine Beach park along the Charles River in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Looking to escape the heat? We’ve compiled a list of local public swimming pools where you can jump in, cool off, and temporarily forget about the scorching temperatures.

This list includes some — but not all — of the public swimming pools in and around Boston. Many on this list, operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, are free and no paperwork is required. Just bring your swimsuit, a towel, and some sunscreen. Many also feature wading pools and spray fountains for the little ones.

Some pools, however, are operated by other local organizations and require proof of residency to secure discounted admissions rates. (Local gyms and universities may also offer drop-in rates or short-term memberships to use their pool facilities as the mercury rises.)  

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On particularly sweltering days, you can also cool off for free in community center pools operated by the Boston Center for Youth and Families. During heat advisories, they offer free swimming at community pools and the use of air conditioned facilities around the city. To find out if free swimming is available when you need to cool off, call the Boston Center for Youth and Families at 617-635-4920. 

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When heat advisories aren’t in effect, these pools require community center membership. Prices and acceptable forms of payment vary by location and require proof of residency in the city of Boston to receive the reduced resident rate. (Non-city residents can also pay for memberships but the fees are higher.) All centers require an application form, which can be filled out online and printed out to save time when you arrive. For more information on hours, rates, and locations, visit boston.gov/community-centers

Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center 60 Tappan St., Brookline. Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 for Brookline residents, $7 for nonresidents (driver’s licence or recent utility bill required to prove residency). www.brooklinerec.com

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pool 184 Carter St., Chelsea. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool 235 Broadway, Somerville. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

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Kennedy Swimming Pool 5 Cherry St., Somerville. Weekday hours vary; closed Saturdays and Sundays. $3 -$5 for Somerville residents; $4-$6 for nonresidents (driver’s license or recent utility bill required to prove residency). www.somerville.k12.ma.us

Cambridge War Memorial Pool 1640 Cambridge St., Door 15, Cambridge. Hours vary. $1.25-$5 for Cambridge residents; $1.25-$6 for nonresidents (driver’s license or ID, rent reciept, or recent utility bill required to prove residency). www.cambridgema.gov

Danehy Park Splash Pad and Wading Pool 99 Sherman St., Cambridge. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free. www.bostoncentral.com

Allied Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool 65 Elm St., Everett. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Extended swimming hours until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. www.mass.gov

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Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool 359 Rindge Ave., Cambridge. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov 

Veterans Memorial Pool (Magazine Swimming Pool) 719 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Pool: 11:15 a.m.-6:45 a.m. daily; spray deck: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

Artesani Playground Wading Pool and Spray Deck 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton. Wading Pool: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; spray deck: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

Olsen Swimming Pool and Spray Deck 95 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park. Pool: 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily; spray deck: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Extended swimming hours until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. www.mass.gov 

Cass Memorial Swimming Pool and Spray Deck 120 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury. Pool: 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily; spray deck: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Extended swimming hours until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. www.mass.gov

Dilboy Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool 110 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.mass.gov

Clarence W. Dealtry Memorial Swimming Pool 138 Pleasant St., Watertown. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

Lt. Dennis C. Holland Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool 108 Mountain Ave., Malden. Sunday-Saturday 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Extended swimming hours until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. www.mass.gov

Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton. 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. daily. Free. www.mass.gov

Hall Memorial Pool 4 North Border Road, Stoneham. Wednesday-Sunday Pool: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wading Pool: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.mass.gov

Lawrence W. Lloyd Memorial Swimming Pool 49 Tremont St., Melrose. Sunday-Saturday 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Free. www.mass.gov 

Kaya Williams can be reached at kaya.williams@globe.com and Lillian Brown at lillian.brown@globe.com