A reader emailed us today asking where she could find a "nice pool" in the Oak Cliff area. My best suggestion is to make friends with people who have them in their backyards. But there are plenty of other options, too.

Public pools aren’t as common as they used to be — pools are expensive to maintain, staff and insure. So cities are moving toward spray parks, which are not as dangerous and are great fun for little kids. But grown-ups look pretty silly trying to play in them. Good thing Oak Cliff still has a few public pools. Many of them are used only for swim lessons, but the pools at Kidd Springs Park, HR Moore Park, Martin Weiss Park and Glendale Park are open for general swimming. You can find a full listing of city pools here. They all have different hours, so make sure you click on the "locations and hours" link, which opens a PDF.

More suggestions after the jump.

Members of the Belmont Health Club have access to the hotel’s swanky pool, which has a waterfall and skyline view. It’s more of a lounge pool than for swimming laps. You can get a 30-day trial membership to the health club for $39.

If you’re more into swimming for exercise, the Oak Cliff YMCA has lanes open Monday through Thursday from 4:15 to 5:10 p.m. On Friday, they are open from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s free for members and $3 for non-members.

I don’t know of any little-known places to take a dip in Oak Cliff, like the Eagles’ pool in East Dallas. If anyone knows of a spot like that, scoop us to it.