Public Pools Feature Dive-In Movies
The aquatic parks in Springdale and Prairie Grove are open for swimmers and Fayetteville's Wilson Park Pool is opening Saturday.
All three of the county's outdoor public pools are offering four separate Red Cross learn-to-swim classes for school-age children, officials said.
Springdale Aquatic Center opens for the season beginning today after opening over the past two weekends.
"It was great this past weekend. We had over 500 people both days," John Marshall, Springdale aquatics director, said.
The pool is open daily through the Labor Day weekend.
The admission prices are the same as last year: $2 for age 4 and younger and $3 for age 5 and older, he said.
Pool hours are noon until 6:45 p.m. daily, except for Sunday when the pool opens at 1 p.m. The pool is available for private parties after hours, he said.
Springdale does not offer season passes, but swimmers can get 20 percent off the admission price by purchasing discount ticket books.
The Springdale Aquatic Center opened in 2000. It has both 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, eight floating toys, two large water slides, two basketball goals, water tumble buckets and two youth slides, he said.
Busy in Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Aquatic Park began its regular operating season Saturday, after having been open for Memorial Day weekend.
Kecia Grigson, pool manager, said Monday the staff was busy selling lots of season passes and signing up kids for swimming lessons, after a busy weekend.
"We were very, very busy. Hopefully that's how the season will be," she said. "Memorial Day was bad because it was rainy and cold."
The Prairie Grove Aquatic Park opened in July 2001 and is the only municipal pool in Washington County outside of Springdale and Fayetteville. Grigson said the pool draws swimmers from Prairie Grove, Farmington, Lincoln, Fayetteville and northeast Oklahoma
"Everything has gone real smooth this year," she said.
The price of admission is $4 for age 6 and older and $3 for 5 and younger and seniors age 55 and older. Season passes are $60 for individuals and $185 for a family of four and $35 for each additional member.
The pool is open daily through Aug. 16, the Sunday before the first week of school.
Pool hours are noon to 6 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Fayetteville adds third dive-in movie
The cost of admission and season tickets is less at Fayetteville's Wilson Park Pool than at the newer facilities in Springdale and Prairie Grove. The daily admission price is $2 for adults and $1 for children in Fayetteville.
Season passes are $30 for youth, $50 for adults and $85 for families. The pool is open daily except for Mondays from June 6 until Aug. 16.
Pool hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The pool is open Tuesday through Friday for adult lap swimming from noon until 1 p.m. with open swim from 1 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Adult lap swim and swimming lessons are from 5:30 p.m. until 6:50 p.m. with family swim from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
"We're looking forward to another summer over there. We've added an additional dive-in movie this year," Tiffany Gaulke, Fayetteville recreation program manager, said.
The pool offers free "dive-in" movies scheduled for June 26 and July 10 and 24 beginning at dark. Movies are shown on an inflatable screen and swimmers are provided with inner tubes, she said.
BY SCOTT F. DAVIS Northwest Arkansas Times