“It is very exciting,” said Megan Hix, aquatics coordinator for Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department. “Right now, we’re making sure that both of our outdoor pools are fully stocked with all the means to make it safe. We’ve got all of our First Aid kits prepared [and] all of the safety equipment that we need. We’re just making sure that everything is up to code and not forgetting our senior pool as well. [We are] making sure all three city pools are good to go for the summer.”
Echoing Hix’s comments, Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department Director Greg Anderson also is looking forward to Saturday.
“Exciting is a good word for it. Although this will be my 33rd pool season, there’s always something new that goes on,” Anderson said. “[For example], this year at the Dellinger Pool, this is our second year of a new renovation. We had some minor repairs to do over the winter and those have taken place, [so] the pool’s in good shape.
“... Our [overall] attendance was up last year over the previous year by about 4,000. So we had a very good year. People loved our new addition [at the Dellinger Park Pool] — the splash pad. It’s much more family friendly.”
Starting Saturday at noon, the outdoor pools’ schedules will be:
• Dellinger Park Pool at 100 Pine Grove Road: Until Aug. 5, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Aug. 9 to 31, Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Sept. 1, noon to 5:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays, the pool will be open Memorial Day and Labor Day.
• Aubrey Street Pool at 135 Aubrey St.: Through Aug. 3 — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Individual pool passes can be purchased for $40 each at the Dellinger Park Office. Family passes also are available for $100, which covers up to four people, after which each additional person is charged $20. Daily admission will be $3 for ages 13 to adult, $2 for youth 3 to 12 and no charge for children 2 and younger.
In addition to passes, registration also is underway at the Dellinger Park Office for upcoming swimming lessons. Open for 6-month-olds to adults, each session is $50 per person.
With May being designated as National Water Safety Month, Hix encourages adults to equip youth with appropriate tools to avoid serious injury. In addition to helping them learn how to swim, parents should supervise youths 12 and younger at the pool, review the posted pool rules with their children and, if needed, equip them with U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation devices instead of foam or air-filled toys.
“[Adults need] to make sure that [children are] prepared with proper equipment if they need it — U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, any equipment that might [help] children who aren’t as strong in swimming or as experienced in swimming and to make sure that they are with their children at all times ... but also to have fun,” Hix said. “But it is the No. I priority for us to make sure that not just children but all patrons are safe at any of our pools.
“... I do want to encourage swim lessons as well for anyone, old and young. If there are those out there that are not very confident in their swimming skills, I do encourage swim lessons to the fullest.”
For more information about the city’s swimming lessons or pool passes, call the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department at 770-387-5626 or visit www.cityofcartersville.org.