NEW HAVEN — A long awaited annual event for Bend Area children is quickly approaching – the opening of the New Haven municipal swimming pool.
Opening day will be Sunday, with free swimming that day for all ages, according to volunteer pool manager Bernita Allen.
Regular daily pool admission after opening day will be $5 for adults, $4 for students ages 4 to 18, and free for ages 3 and younger. Allen said everyone must pay to enter, and children ages six and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The pool will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. On Sundays, hours will be 1 to 5 p.m.
Season passes are available at a cost of $60 each. They will be available at the pool on opening day.
Allen said swimming lessons will be held June 13-17 for all ages. The class will be from 10:30 to 11:30 each morning. The cost is $40 per person, and those wishing to participate are asked to call 304-674-6650 to register.
The pool is also available to rent for parties during the evening hours. The rental fee is $40 per hour, with a two-hour minimum.
Lifeguards for the season will be Nolan Pierce, who will be serving his fourth year; Bekah Groves, Madison Barnitz, Noah Davis and Morgan Nottingham, all three-year guards; and Travis Kearns and Wyatt Edwards, who will be first year employees.
Allen said as the result of a donation from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, season passes are being provided for several area youth.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.