Recreation & Parks News

Recreation and Parks June 9, 2014

All city pools will open for the summer on Friday, June 13. New this year are the water “spraygrounds” at Mineral Springs and Happy Hills pools – similar to the water playgrounds at Bolton and Kimberley Park pools, but built on a concrete pad and not in a shallow pool of water.

To ensure safety, parents should swim with their children. All pool patrons must obey the lifeguards. Patrons entering the pool must be wearing appropriate swim wear with a liner or have appropriate swimwear with them to be admitted into the pool area.

All pools will offer free children’s swim lessons starting June 16. Sign-ups will be June 14 at 10 a.m. at each pool. Free adult swim lessons are also available at all swimming pools. Contact the pool you want to attend for details.

All pools will offer a Babes in Arms program for children five and under starting June 21. Contact your favorite pool to register.

The pools also have swim teams for children 17 and under, and offer diving instruction.

Non-swimmers less than 48 inches tall will be required to wear life jackets in the pools. Life jackets are not required in kiddie pools and the water play areas at Kimberley Park and Bolton Park pools.

The city will provide life jackets. Patrons may bring their own life jackets if they have a stamp indicating that they are Coast Guard approved and pass inspection from the lifeguards.

Children less than 48 inches tall will be asked to take a swim test when they arrive at the pool so lifeguards can assess their swimming ability. If they pass the test, they will receive a green wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool. If they do not pass the test they will receive a red wrist band and a life jacket. They can go in the shallow end of the pool up to 3.5 feet.

Patrons over 48 inches tall will be required to take a swim test if lifeguards observe that they may be poor or non-swimmers. Those who do not pass the test will be issued a life jacket and a yellow wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool except the deep end for the diving boards. Any patron who refuses to demonstrate their swim ability will be asked to leave the swimming pool facility.

Complete information about the aquatics program, pool calendars and hours, and dates for swim lessons is available online. For more information call CityLink 311.

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