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Jefferson City pools open today

Jefferson City pools open today

May 29th, 2013 in News

A youngster beats the heat by blasting down the water slide at the Memorial Park Aquatic Center last year. Jefferson City public pools open today.

Photo by Kris Wilson

With a high temperature of 90 forecast and little chance for daytime rain, today's opening of Jefferson City's swimming pools may be a welcome relief for many.

The Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center will be open from noon-7 p.m. daily. The Ellis-Porter Riverside Pool is open from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Neither pool has made major facilities changes since last year, said Laurie Herzing, a Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry department recreation supervisor for Aquatics and Special Events.

"At Memorial, we have a new concession deck and railing," she explained. "We used to have a wooden deck, and now it's that "Trex,'" an "alternative" to wood product that looks and, often, feels like wood - with a longer predicted life span than the wood decking the new floor replaces.

Also, she said, the new fencing is iron.

"You'll know it's different when you get there," Herzing explained.

Memorial Aquatic Center users also will find "new canopies on our slide towers - which is more for the lifeguards, so they don't get sunburned, and for the patrons waiting in line," Herzing said.

And the bathroom floors have been redone with a "nonslip flooring" that replaces floors with sand mixed into the paint.

"Hopefully, this will look much nicer and cleaner, and last for several years," she said.

At Ellis-Porter Riverside Pool, she said, "We got a water basketball goal" because the pool is so long, it will be nice for a little pick-up basketball game.

"It's not a big, heavy-duty goal where you can do some slam-dunking or anything."

Both pools have added "handicapped lifts" to make the pools more accessible to people with disabilities, as required by the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

"By ADA standards, they have a remote so that," Herzing explained, "if anybody in a wheelchair or anybody who needs access to the lift can go up to it, use it, get in the pool and get out without asking anybody."

Both pools offer lap swimming from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with admission $1.50 - or $12 for a 10-pass punch card.

At the Memorial Aquatic Center, admission is $5 for adults ($3 after 5 p.m.) and $4 for youth ($2.50 after 5 p.m.). A 10-punch swim card is $40 adults and $32 youth, and a combo card (five adult admissions and five youth admissions) is $36. More information is available at 634-6588.

For Ellis-Porter Riverside Pool, adult admission is $3 and youth $2.50, with an adult 10-punch card $24 and a 10-punch youth card $20. A combo card (five adult admissions and five youth admissions) is $22. More information is available by calling 634-6585.

Ellis-Porter Pool will host a "kickoff to summer" pool party from 7:30-9 p.m. on June 8, for youths 11-14 years, with "music, pool challenges, basketball, giveaways, and much more." Admission is $5 a person.

On June 14, the pool hosts a "Little Mermaid" Pool Party for youths 2-7, from 6-7:30 p.m. Admission to that event is $8 - and pre-registration is required.

Over the past few years, Herzing said, attendance has been pretty steady.

"Last year, I think people thought we were going to be busier, because it was so hot," she said.

"But it actually was almost too hot for people to be at the pool - for parents who bring their kids, then sit out on the side and not spend their day in the water."