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.