[Tagging] Swimming pools

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Thu Dec 17 21:47:06 UTC 2015

I collected some usage statistics of pools I know:

Indoor swimming pool, building:
5x leisure=swimming_pool
2x amenity=swimming_pool
1x leisure=water_park
1x leisure=sports_centre
1x leisure=sports_centre+sport=swimming

Indoor swimming pool, water area:
10x not tagged

Outdoor swimming pool, area:
5x leisure=water_park
2x amenity=swimming_pool
2x not tagged
1x leisure=park and sport=swimming

Outdoor swimming pool, water area:
5x leisure=swimming_pool
2x leisure=swimming_pool and amenity=swimming_pool
1x natural=water
2x not tagged
1x water area under construction

The statistics make the overloading of leisure=swimming_pool for two
different purposes very clear.

-- Matthijs

On 15 December 2015 at 23:41, Matthijs Melissen
<info at matthijsmelissen.nl> wrote:
> 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
> ambiguity?
> -- Matthijs

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