B.J. Owen, Kilgore's director of special services, was checking items off his to-do list at city pool Thursday afternoon with assistance from his crew of young lifeguards who, when they had the chance, warmed up the diving board for the weekend's swimmers.
Splash Day – the city's one-day, admission-free celebration – runs from 1 p.m. to 6 Saturday at the municipal watering hole (405 N. Henderson Blvd.). Before the pool's 'official opening day' May 31, early waterbirds get test their foam worms in the water from 1 p.m. to 6 on Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day) as well, though regular admission fees apply.
“It's gonna be crazy,” Owen said. “Splash Day's always crazy.”
General admission to the city pool is $2 person (children 3 years-old and younger are admitted free). Season passes are available for $45 per person or $90 per family. All children 11 years-old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“We're excited,” Owen added. “We had some electrical problems with the storm last week that did slow us down, but we did get the water where it's balanced and are ready to go.”
Regular pool hours kick-in at month's-end: the pool is open daily from May 31 from 1 p.m. to 6 Mondays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 6 on Sundays.
Pool Manager Mannin Lane is currently taking swimming pool party reservations, Owen noted. The pool is available for rental from 6 p.m. to 8 or 8 p.m. to 10 (both blocks can be reserved back-to-back for double-pricing) and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Pool reservations (call 903-983-1650) cost $100 for between one and 30 people, $125 for 31-60, $150 for 61-90 and $175 for 91-120. For parties of 121-people or more, patrons pay $175 plus the cost of additional lifeguards at $12.50 each.
Swim lessons (available on a first-come, first-served basis) begin in early June at $50 per child. Classes run June 9-20, July 7-18 and Aug. 4-15; times are 8 a.m. to 9, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30.
For more information about the pool, call 903-983-1650.
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