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Aquatic Park

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Zach Margolis training course in red from his swimlog in Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay. The stylized map was created by Zach Margolis.
Aquatic Park
Aquatic Park swimming course in San Francisco Bay, California
Suzie Dods hosts and organizes the 24-Hour Swim Relay in Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay, California

Aquatic Park was built in 1939 as a public bathing club between Hyde Street Pier and Fort Mason in San Francisco Bay, California, United States of America. It is located within San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and is itself a National Historic Landmark. The district includes a beach, bathhouse, municipal pier, restrooms, concessions stand, stadia, and two speaker towers as well as the National Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square and the cable car turntable on the San Francisco Bay waterfront in San Francisco, California, United States.

The park includes an extremely popular, but cold, area to do recreational and competitive open water swimming.

In front of the Maritime Museum is a man-made lagoon on the site of the former Black Point Cove. To the west is the horseshoe shaped Municipal Pier. The lagoon is fronted by a sandy beach and a stepped concrete seawall. To the south is a grassy area known as Victorian Park which contains the Hyde Street cable car turnaround. Hyde Street Pier, though part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, is not part of Aquatic Park Historic District. Every single day of the year, members of the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club and their visitors swim in this world-renowned lagoon and well-kept beach.

A swim within Aquatic Park is called a Round Trip Flag (RTF) swim.

24-hour Relay Swim

Aquatic Park is also site of a 4-person 24-hour relay on 8-9 February 2014 organized by Suzie Dods called the 24 Hour Swim Relay in SF inspired by the 24 Heures La Tuque relay.

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns

Aquatic Park in San Francisco was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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