Jefferson City public pools to open May 30

Jefferson City Parks and Recreation lifeguards show their hands while treading water during pre-season training at the Memorial Park Aquatic Center last Thursday. Lifeguards from both the Memorial Park and Ellis Porter pools participated in the training in preparation for opening day on Wednesday.

Jefferson City Parks and Recreation lifeguards show their hands while treading water during pre-season training at the Memorial Park Aquatic Center last Thursday. Lifeguards from both the Memorial Park and Ellis Porter pools participated in the training in preparation for opening day on Wednesday. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Jefferson City public pools are gearing up for opening day, with both pools set to begin their season on Wednesday.

The Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center and the Ellis-Porter/Riverside Pool officially will open at noon Wednesday. Public sessions at Memorial are from noon to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Ellis-Porter is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Laurie Herzing, recreation program supervisor, said both pools will have some new features this year. Memorial Park has added a new “party pad,” a concrete pad with a canopy for events like birthday parties. The pool has also added some more shaded spots, she said.

Ellis-Porter has added a new climbing wall at the pool, Herzing said, and hopes to have a new toddler slide in place by opening day.

Regular admission prices for Memorial are $4 for ages 17 and under and $5 for adults, but after 5 p.m., those prices drop to $2.50 for ages 17 and under and $3 for adults. At Ellis-Porter, admission is $2.50 for those 17 and under and $3 for adults.

Herzing said the pools also will host several “family fun nights,” with the first one scheduled at Memorial from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 5 and $2 admission for all ages. Ellis-Porter will host one from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 and $1 admission for all ages.

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