NEW HAVEN — It is a sure sign that school is out and summer is here when the New Haven municipal pool opens for swimmers.
Opening day will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., with free admission, according to volunteer pool manager Bernita Allen.
And, good news awaits those who take advantage of the county’s lone public pool. Because of the many generous donations from area businesses and churches, Allen said a new lower daily admission rate is being offered this year.
Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for children four to 18 years, and free for those three years and under. These prices are down from the 2016 rates of $5 for adults, and $4 for children. Children three and under were free last year, as well. Everyone must pay to enter, and Allen said all children ages six years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The pool area is smoke-free, and concessions are available. No coolers or outside food are permitted inside.
Seven lifeguards have been hired for the season, including four who will be making return appearances. Nolan Pierce will return for his fifth year; Bekah Groves for her fourth; and Travis Kearns and Wyatt Edwards for their second. New lifeguards hired were Gage Smith, Ty White, and Sam Pinkerton.
The pool is also available to rent for private parties. The cost is $45 per hour, with a two-hour minimum. To schedule a party, or for more information, call Allen at 304-674-6650.
Swimming lessons will be offered at a later date. Information will be published when details become available.
The final day for public swimming will be Aug. 5.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishings, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.