Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Pool ready to make a splash

May 26, 2005

It must be summertime again. The unseasonably warm temperatures have been one thing, school's out which is another, but there's one sign that marks summer's official arrival -- the pool will be open.

"That's right," said Monte Ezell, director of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission on the pool's opening meaning it's summer. "It'll be open Saturday."

There were a few tense moments regarding the pool's opening. The Pebble Tec surface that was applied last year for increased traction in some areas of the pool had problems. There were bubbles in part of it and problems with seams in others.

But, the surface was under warranty and the company promised to make good. However, they didn't get to the Baldwin project as quickly as planned and just finished up the work Friday. The surface had to have some time to cure, but now the water is starting to flow.

"We weren't planning on opening it until Saturday," said Ezell. "We started putting water in it Monday. We're on schedule."

Of course, that means cold water at least initially, but Ezell doesn't think there will be a problem.

"That should kick in the heaters," he said of the water getting to the proper level. "As long as we've got 48 hours, we'll be in good shape."

The weather forecast for the weekend keeps changing, but temperatures could be in the 70s.

"The water may be warmer than the air," Ezell said.

Ezell also isn't as concerned with the function of the pool this year, either. Under an agreement with the city this year, the recreation commission will only be running the pool. Maintenance, such as chemical control, falls to city crews.

"We're taking care of the bath house," he said. "The other part the city has the responsibility for."

That means Bill Wynegar's crew. They were at the pool Tuesday and it was about half full. Wynegar said he expected it to be pretty much full by Wednesday. But, his opinion on Saturday's opener wasn't as optimistic as Ezell's.

"I make no guarantees," Wynegar said.

As for the swimming schedule, the pool will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for adult lap swimming. Daily hours for regular use are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Friday Family Fun; and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday for water aerobics.

Ezell is especially excited about the Friday Family Fun Nights.

"We're looking forward this year to having special nights every Friday night," he said. "We have tried some of those in the past and they've been well received.

"We're excited about that," said Ezell. "It's going to be a good summer."

Other special events include Memorial Day, which is Monday, when there will be no admission charged between noon and 4 p.m. The same holds true for July 4 with no charge for the same time frame. It's the same deal for Labor Day, too, on Sept. 5.

As for admission charges, the adult lap swim, children under 4 and seniors over 70 are not charged. Regular pool fees per day are $2 for children 5-13, $3 for adults 14 and older, $2 for seniors 55-69 and there's a $3 charge for water aerobics.

Punch cards are available for 20 visits for $30 for children, 20 visits for $40 for adults and 10 visits for $25 for water aerobics. Summer passes are available for $100 for one child, $125 for an adult, $150 for household of four and fewer, with another $25 for additional members. A day care rate of $200 is available for four or fewer with additional members costing $35.

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