[Tagging] Swimming pools

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Tue Dec 15 22:41:36 UTC 2015

Hi all,

There are currently two tags for swimming pools in use:
* leisure=swimming_pool (511 413 occurences)
* amenity=swimming_pool (46 495 occurences)

Historically, amenity used to be the more popular tag, but usage has
shifted to leisure, with amenity now making up less than 8% of the
instances. Would it be time to mark the amenity-version as
'discouraged' on the Wiki?

In addition, it seems that the swimming pool tags are used for two
different things: the pool itself, and the entire building/area
(including showers, cafe, etc.).

Would it be useful and possible to resolve this ambiguity? We
currently have leisure=water_park, but it seems to more focussed on
recreational swimming with water slides etc. Does it make sense to use
leisure=water_park for indoor swimming pools that are focussed on
swimming lessons or speed swimming as well? If not, should we use
another tag for such facilities? Any other suggestions to resolve the

-- Matthijs

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