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Pool to open Saturday
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Temperatures will be creeping into the 90s by Saturday. Beat the heat with a dip in Gilley Pool. Gates open for the 2012 season Saturday at 10 a.m.
“We’re ready,” said Wellness and Aquatics manager Justin Scott. “I’m excited. We’re going to have a busy weekend. It looks like the weather will be perfect for it. I just checked the weather and temperatures are supposed to get up to 93 degrees on Saturday.”
Swimmers will be several degrees cooler. Scott says water temperature on Monday reached 80 degrees.
“Ideally we want the temperature to be between 82 degrees and 89 degrees,” said Scott. “We had some storms that cooled the water down somewhat, but I thought the water felt perfect. I’m sure the water will be a little warmer by Saturday.”
Be one of the first to dive into a rejuvenated pool. A few weeks ago, the pool was drained and cleaned. Some of the ropes were replaced and sand in the filters was exchanged.
“The pool looks great,” said Scott. “This week we have been touching up some of the areas around the pool with paint. It’s going to be a great summer.”
All fees are the same as last year. Daily admission is $4 per person, regardless of residency.
To reserve the pool for a party is $475 for two hours, which includes lifeguards. Individual season passes are $85, and family season passes are $225.
Water aerobics with instructor Jileen McGregor will begin May 29. Classes will be offered on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $4.
After exercising, stay to relax. Scott says the admission into the water aerobics class includes that day’s admission into the pool.
“That $4 includes their admission in once the pool is open,” he said. “They are already there and can stay. That’s a pretty good deal.”
Summer hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. When school begins, hours will change to weekends only. The pool will not be open in the evenings once classes resume for the 2012-13 school year.
Last year’s after-school attendance was low, which led to the decision.
“Last summer, we were open in the evenings after school,” said Scott. “Attendance was very low so we aren’t doing that this year. When school begins, we will only be open on the weekends.”
The last official day for visitors to enjoy a splash in the pool is Sept. 3.