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Metro Parks to offer free shuttle service to local pools

Thursday May 22, 2008

Louisville’s public pools open for the summer this weekend, and Metro Parks is offering free rides to families who want to visit a local pool. People may board a shuttle at one of the five closed pools and travel to the Norton or Algonquin pools. The free service begins Saturday.

“The decision to close five of our swimming pools this year has been a difficult one,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We have listened to the concerns of our neighbors, and we’re offering the Splash Stops as a way for kids and parents to reach a swimming pool for the summer.”

The shuttle will run seven days a week. Every rider must provide a permission slip, and parents of children under 18 must sign permission slips for the trip. Parents may pick up permission slips at the Splash Stops and at local community centers, and they can be downloaded here.

Standard outdoor pool hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Each pool is closed one day a week for maintenance. On Tuesdays, all Splash Stops will travel to Norton and on Thursdays to Algonquin. Pool 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.

“With the free Splash Stops, we can ensure that kids who need a place to cool off this summer will have access to one of our pools,” Abramson said.

Metro Parks will monitor the use of Splash Stops and adjust pickup schedules as needed. For more information on outdoor pools and spray areas, please click here.

SPLASH STOP SCHEDULE:

A van will pick up passengers at five “Splash Stops” – the pools that have been closed – and deliver swimmers to either Algonquin or Norton pools.

DEPART Western Pool 12:00 p.m.

2501 Rockford Lane

Hazelwood Pool 12:25

4251 Hazelwood Ave.

ARRIVE: Algonquin Pool 12:50

614 Cypress St.

DEPART Shelby Pool 1:30

600 E. Oak St.

Breslin Pool 1:50

1388 Lexington Rd.

Watterson Pool 2:15

3900 Breckinridge Lane

ARRIVE: Norton Pool 2:35

4201 Lee Avenue

RETURN TRIP:

DEPART Algonquin 3:40 p.m.

ARRIVE: Western 4:05

Hazelwood 4:30

DEPART Norton 5:25

ARRIVE: Watterson 5:45

Breslin 6:05

Shelby 6:25