Wednesday, July 11, 2012
According to the National Weather Service, heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes — combined.
Temperatures over the next several days are expected to be well below the record-setting highs of the first few weeks of summer, but it is still hot.
To help keep cool, the cities of Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold operate public pools that are open from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor Day.
Fort Oglethorpe’s Arlene Crye Pool
An annual membership costs $150 for families living within the city and $225 for those residing outside Fort Oglethorpe.
Residents or non-residents can purchase an individual membership for $75.
Daily rates are $4 per person over the age of 1. No one under the age of 13 can enter unless accompanied by an adult.
Pool hours are from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The pool is reserved for swim team practice on Monday.
The pool is located at Gilbert-Stephenson Park at the corner of Van Cleve and Norris streets.
For additional information call 706-866-5045.
Ringgold’s Martha Denton Pool
The pool is at the corner of Cotter Street and Emberson Drive near the Ringgold Depot.
Annual memberships are $125 for families and $60 for individuals whether or not applicants live in Ringgold. Day passes are free for those younger than 3 and $3 for all others.
The pool is open seven days per week, Monday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, the pool is also open from 7-10 p.m. Night swim fees are $3 for members and non-members.
For more information call 706-935-SWIM (7946) or visit http://cityofringgold.com.