Wednesday, June 6, 2012
With record high temperatures in the 90s already and forecasters predicting no change in sight, there is no better way to cool off than at the pool.
The LaFayette Pool, located at 638 S. Main St., is open and ready for the anticipated large crowds, according to Patti Scott, LaFayette director of parks and recreation.
“We have a great staff and a great facility, which is in walking distance to the gymnasium and game room, to accommodate all family activities,” she said.
The pool is open to everyone seven days a week and has a rotating staff of 15 lifeguards employed by the city and trained by the American Red Cross, said Scott.
The facility has added a new pump and chlorinations to the pool. The LaFayette City Council recently approved the additions, which were funded by city budgeting, said Scott.
Public swimming at the pool is from noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Late swimming hours are 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The admission price increase over the years is due to accommodate charges for pool chemicals and cost of lifeguards. Admission is $4 per person; children younger than 3 are admitted free. Season passes cost $100 for a family (up to five members) and are $40 per individual.
Scott said she anticipates a large number of swim parties this year; the number of sales for parties and individuals has increased each year, she said.
The pool can be reserved for private parties for up to 100 swimmers. The fee is $75. Party hours are Friday from 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 6-7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m.
A concession stand and snack area are available at the pool. Those serving meals are asked to reserve a shelter through the Recreation Office, which can be reached by calling 706-639-1590.
The pool is offering swim lessons for children ages 4 and older based on their swimming ability, not age. Student swimmers will be in divided into groups pre-beginner or beginner 1. The fee for lessons is $50. The morning class begins at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday and evening class starts at 6 p.m. One-week sessions will be held for the weeks beginning June 11 and 18. Enrollment is limited and registration will not be taken over the phone.
For more information call 706-639-1589 or visit cityoflafayettega.org.
In addition to LaFayette, the cities of Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also 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.
Open seven days per week: Monday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday 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 (935-7946) or visit http://cityofringgold.com.