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Mid-Columbia Pools Make a Splash (W/Slideshow)

June 9, 2007

By Kaylani Evans, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.

Jun. 8–Schools closing and temperatures rising signal the unofficial start of summer.

And so does the opening of the area’s outdoor swimming pools.

Richland, Pasco, Kennewick and Sunnyside open their pools Saturday. Prosser, Grandview and Connell’s pools open today.

“We always look forward to getting the pools open and getting people active and swimming,” said Doug Hagedorn, recreation coordinator in Richland.

And the weekend’s weather should be good for swimming.

Temperatures are expected to reach 75 to 80 degrees this weekend, said meteorologist Vincent Papol of the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

And they’ll only continue to climb as we head into the dog days of summer.

Shayna Collins, a lifeguard and water safety instructor at the Kenneth E. Serier Memorial Pool in Kennewick for three years, said it doesn’t matter what the temperature is — kids will show up to swim.

“We have kids who have been coming every year since they were little. They know all the lifeguards’ name and all the rules and will come no matter what,” she said.

Here is a schedule of public pool openings, public swim times and available swim lessons:

Kennewick

w Kenneth E. Serier Memorial Pool, 315 W. Sixth Ave.

Opens: Saturday

Hours: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. every day; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: 75 cents for seniors and kids under 17, $2 for adults.

Swim lessons: Starting June 18

Cost:$13 to $18 for Kennewick residents, $19 to $27 for others, depending on age and skill level.

Kennewick residents can register June 14 at 304 W. Sixth Ave. Non-Kennewick residents can register June 15.

w Tri-City Court Club

1350 N. Grant St., Kennewick

Swim lessons: starting Monday. Classes are available to swimmers of all skill levels.

Cost: $28 to $112 for members, $32 to $128 for others, depending on skill level and length of session. Private, 30-minute lessons also are available; $20 for members, $25 for others.

w World Gym

2008 N. Pittsburgh St., Kennewick

Swim lessons: starting Monday. Classes are available in morning and evening sessions for every skill level.

Cost: $50 for members, $60 for others, per two-week session.

Richland

w George Prout Pool, 1005 Swift Blvd.

Opens: Saturday

Hours: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., 3 to 4:30 p.m., and 7 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays; 1 to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Saturdays only.

Cost: 50 cents for kids under 17, $1.50 for adults, and $3.50 for families who live in Richland. For others, cost is 75 cents for kids, $2 for adults and $4.25 for families.

Swim lessons: starting Monday

Cost: $17 for Richland residents, $21.25 for others per two-week session.

w Columbia Basin Racquet Club

1776 Terminal Drive, Richland

Swim lessons: starting Tuesday. Classes are offered for a day, a week, three weeks and 10 weeks. Different levels are available for beginning through advanced swimmers.

Cost: $7.75 a day to $195 for 10 weeks for members, $9.25 a day to $240 for 10 weeks for others.

Pasco

Memorial Pool, 14th Avenue and Shoshone Street; Kurtzman Pool, 207 S. Wehe Ave.; Richardson Pool, 19th Avenue and Pearl Street.

Opens: Saturday

Hours: 1 to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., and 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; 1 to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost: 50 cents for kids and $1 for adults at Richardson and Kurtzman pools; $1 for kids and $2 for adults at Memorial Pool.

Swim lessons: starting June 18

Cost: $12 to $16 for Pasco residents, $18 to $24 for others, depending on age.

Swim lesson registration will be accepted Fridays, starting June 15, at Pasco City Hall, 525 N. Third Ave. Pasco and Franklin County residents can register from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Benton and Walla Walla County residents can register from 1 to 3 p.m.

Prosser

w Prosser city pool, 920 S. Kinney Way

Opens: Today

Hours: Open swim is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. daily, family swim is from 5 to 7 p.m., except Sundays.

Cost: $2 daily admission, all ages

Swim lessons: starting Monday

Cost: $25 per two-week session

Register at the city of Prosser building, 601 Seventh St. Sessions are limited to the first 30 swimmers registered.

w Lower Valley Athletic Club, 1419 Sheridan Ave.

Swim lessons: starting June 18

Connell

Pioneer Park Pool, 431 E. Birch St.

Opens: Today

Hours: 1 to 5 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Cost: $1.50 per day or $1 per session; children 4 and under are free.

Grandview

Grandview city pool, 601 W. Second St.

Opens: Today

Hours: Open swim is 1 to 4 p.m., adult lap swim is 5 to 6:15 p.m., and family swim is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Open swim is 1 to 4 p.m., adult lap swim is 4 to 5 p.m., and family swim is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Cost: $2 for everyone

Swim lessons: starting Monday

Cost: $20 for city residents, $25 for others.

Sunnyside

Sunnyside city pool, Central Park and Fourth Street

Opens: Saturday

Hours: Open swim is 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. daily; Family swim is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily.

Cost: $1.50 for kids 3-7; $2.50 for kids 8 and up.

Swim lessons: Starting June 18

Cost: $20 for city residents, $26 for others.

Register during open swim hours.

Moses Lake

w Moses Lake Family Aquatic Center, 401 W. Fourth Ave.

Open: Now

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends, 4 to 8 p.m. during the week. Hours change in mid-June to 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays to Sundays.

Cost: Children 4 and under are free; $4.50 for kids 5-17; $5.50 for adults.

Swim lessons: starting June 18

Cost: $20 per two-week session.

w Moses Lake High School Pool, 803 E. Sharon Ave.

Open: Now

Hours: 5:45 to 7:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost: Children under 4 are free; $2.50 for students 5-17; $3.50 for adults.

Hermiston

Hermiston Family Aquatic Center, 879 W. Elm.

Open: Now

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Noon to 7 p.m. June 8-17; 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. after June 17.

Cost: $3 for kids up to 12; $4 for kids 13-17; $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $15 per family of 5 or less.

Swim lessons: Starting June 18

Cost: $28 for city residents and $32 for others per two-week session; $90 for city residents and $100 for others for the entire summer.

w Kaylani Evans: 582-1515; intern@tricityherald.com

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