As temperatures rise, many folks will be looking for a way to cool off.
With Memorial Day unofficially ushering in summer this week, many area pools and other aquatic activities are now open for use.
Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Director Catrina Alexander said the Reeves Community Center outdoor pool has been serving the community since 1952.
The pool’s central location and proximity to downtown make its much needed recreational services accessible to most area residents. Alexander also highlighted Reeves’ year-round swim lessons and noted the Reeves Rapids, a summer swim team at the community center, will soon start holding meets.
The outdoor pool at Reeves holds open-swim from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday. On Saturdays, open-swim begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.
Attendance to open-swim is included in a person’s membership to the community center. Non-member adults who are city residents are charged a fee of $5 for a day pass at Reeves. Non-residents will pay $7. Fees for those in 12th grade or younger are $3 and $4, respectively, for residents and non-residents.
In Dobson a splashpad at Dobson Square Park is already a happening place, according to Town Manager Josh Smith.
“We’ve had schools bring field trips here almost everyday,” said Smith. “It’s always busy.”
Smith said the town opened the splashpad on May 20, and the pad will run everyday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Labor Day.
The splashpad is really an integral part of the park for a number of reasons,” noted Smith. “It’s free. It’s safe, and it’s easy to find.”
Smith said the splashpad has become a destination for town residents and many more.
“It has really brought a lot of people from outside the town and even some from outside the county.”
Another local aquatic experience can be found in Ararat at Homeplace Recreational Park.
“We have a rope swing, a separate diving pool with two diving boards and a water slide,” said office manager Deborah Key.
She said all those features help to make the “huge” pool, which is more than the size of four Olympic pools, a fun and enjoyable place to spend the day.
The park has already been busy on weekends since opening in late-May, but Key said the real business is soon to come.
“When school lets out we will get very busy through the week,” noted Key.
The pool at Homeplace is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. The fee for adults and children 5 and older is $7.50 per day. The fee for children ages 2-4 is $3.50. Children under 2 may enter for free.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.