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Metro Parks opens 11 summer pools

Thursday May 25, 2006

Outdoor pools will remain open through mid-August

Just in time for Memorial Day, Metro Parks will open four outdoor swimming pools on Saturday, May 27.  Seven more pools open the following weekend.  These seasonal pools remain open through mid-August.

“Our summer pools are a great, affordable place for people of all ages to cool off and exercise,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson.  “This year, as part of our Healthy Hometown Movement’s focus on lifelong fitness, we’re opening three pools for extended hours for lap swimming or senior citizen exercise programs.”  More information about the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement can be found online.

Two pools offer new extended lap swimming hours for $2 per person.  Breslin Park’s pool will be open for lap swimming on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.  Watterson Elementary School’s pool will offer lap swimming on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  This service will not be available on Memorial Day or July 4.  Additionally, Sun Valley Park’s pool will now be open exclusively for seniors on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, for $2 per person.

Metro Parks is sponsoring free Family Fun Nights on Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at four outdoor pools: Fairdale (June 17), Algonquin (June 24), Watterson (July 15), and Norton (July 22).  The events include music, games and snacks. 

Standard pool hours are: Monday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; each pool is closed one day a week for maintenance.  Admission is $1.50 for children 17 and under, and $2 for adults 18 and over.  Photo identification is required for anyone age 9 or older; children 8 or under must be accompanied by a guardian with photo identification.  Organized groups can call Metro Parks at (502) 897-9949 for information about group reservation rates.

Pool patrons may bring their own picnic supplies, although large coolers, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.  Metro Parks reserves the right to inspect small coolers.  To provide a healthy swimming environment, all pools are smoke-free.

SWIMMING POOL SEASON CLOSED
Algonquin Park
Cypress & Burwell Streets
June 3 - Aug 12 Tues
Breslin Park
Lexington Road & Payne Street
May 27 - Aug 12 Wed
Fairdale Pool
Nelson Hornbeck Park – 709 Fairdale Road
May 27 - Aug 12 Mon
Hazelwood Elementary School
4251 Hazelwood Avenue
June 3 - Aug 5 Tues
LaPorte Park
25th & Bank Streets 
June 3 - Aug 5 Thurs
Norton Pool
Camp Taylor Memorial Park
Poplar Level Rd & Lincoln Ave
June 3 - Aug 12 Thurs
Shelby Park
600 East Oak Street
June 3 - Aug 5 Mon
Sun Valley Park
6505 Bethany Lane
June 3 - Aug 12 Thurs
Watterson Elementary School
3900 Breckinridge Lane
May 27 - Aug 12 Tues
Western High School
2501 Rockford Lane
June 3 - Aug 5 Wed
Wyandotte Park
Taylor Boulevard & Beecher Street
May 27 - Aug 5 Mon

Additionally, the indoor Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center at 201 Reservoir Road in Crescent Hill Park is open seven days a week, year-round.  Note that Fairdale and Wyandotte pools, while normally closed on Mondays, will be open for Memorial Day on May 29.

Several pools – Algonquin, Breslin, Fairdale, Norton, Shelby and Watterson – will offer free youth swim teams from June 12 to July 26.  Swimmers will compete against teams from other Metro Parks pools.  Algonquin, Fairdale, LaPorte, Norton, Shelby and Watterson will offer free swimming lessons for all ages in June and July.  To register, call (502) 897-9949 or visit a pool offering these programs.

Breslin, Fairdale, LaPorte, Norton and Wyandotte pools have baby pools for toddlers.  Parents must supervise children in these baby pools.

Every pool features lifeguards that are certified in CPR and First Aid.  Metro Parks may hire additional lifeguards at the beginning of the season.  For more information, call (502) 897-9949 or visit www.metro-parks.org.