May 27, 2010

Swimming Pool Set to Kick Off 6th Season at Saturday Opener

With temperatures in the 90s this week and high humidity to go with it, plenty of folks are thinking of ways to cool off. The Memphis City Pool will soon be appeasing those demands, as the waters will be open to the public beginning Saturday, May 29th at 1:00 p.m.

This will mark the sixth season opener for the new pool.

Superintendent Dennis Howard stated that city crews performed some touch-up painting on the pool floor, but anticipates the city likely will have to have the pool bottom completely repainted prior to the 2011 swim season. The original paint job came with a 5-7 year life expectancy.

The pool filtering system was fired up last week, and after the sunny, hot weather the past few days, the water temperature is already at 72 degrees.

Pool manager Tonya Hunt and her staff are hoping for a more friendly weather season for the facility, which saw its numbers dip dramatically in 2009, thanks in large part to the cool, wet weather pattern.

Approximately 5,130 guests used the pool in 2009, down from 7,188 the previous season. The pool was closed all or part of 13 days due to the weather or low attendance related to the weather.

In an effort to jumpstart attendance, the city announced it will offer a new season pass in 2010. Children between the ages of 4 to 7 can purchase a pass for $60 that will grant admittance every day of the 2010 swim season. Adult season passes will be sold for $105. Daily entry fee is $1.50 for children and $2 for adults. Swimmers can also purchase 20-punch passes for $20 for kids and $35 for adults good for 20 admissions throughout the season.

The city also announced a community sponsorship opportunity that will allow businesses and organizations to sponsor free swim days at the pool. The cost for the special advertising opportunity will be $150 for the day, and will provide the sponsor(s) extra opportunities to provide prizes and other promotional items to the guests taking advantage of the special free day of swimming.

A similar opportunity will exist for the evening pool party schedule, with sponsors having the ability to promote such events as teen swim, church night or other free after-hours gatherings. For more information or to schedule an event contact Hunt or the staff at the pool or call Memphis City Hall.

While the schedule has not been finalized for a number of the wide variety of extra services at the pool such as swim lessons and water aerobics, Hunt did announce that adult lap swim times will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. That will replace the 6:00 a.m. lap swims offered last year on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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