Since the start of summer vacation this week, children have made good use of the Lincolnton Recreation Poolâ€™s extended hours.
â€œItâ€™s hot, and they like the water because itâ€™s freezing,â€ said Tuesday Gash with the Country Club Childrenâ€™s Academy.
Located at Betty G. Ross Park, the public pool is open to everyone in a bathing suit. It costs $2 per person, and hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Of course, there are a few rules â€“ no running, no diving off the side and no alcohol or glass bottles.
â€œWe just want it to be a nice, friendly atmosphere,â€ said Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the Lincolnton Recreation Commission.
Thereâ€™s also a new rule this year â€“ no smoking. That includes on the side of the pool and in the concession stand. Parents had become concerned about second-hand smoke.
None of these rules, however, take away from the fun children have at the pool. They can jump off the diving board, eat at the concession stand, or lounge in the sun.
Of course, thereâ€™s one thing everyone loves the most.
â€œI just swim,â€ said Daniel Mathis, 8, who was at the pool Thursday.
Thereâ€™s one more perk â€“ no homework.
â€œItâ€™s a lot better than school,â€ said Courtney Brock, 11, who was at the pool Thursday. â€œWe donâ€™t have to learn or anything. We just get to have fun.
Want to go?
The pool is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. It is located at Betty G. Ross Park, Lincolnton. Admission is $2 per person. Season passes and group rates are available.
The pool is available for rental after hours. For more information call (704) 735-2671.
The Lincolnton Recreation Pool at Betty G. Ross Park is offering the following American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs:
Â· American Red Cross Guard Start Program will be held June 12 – 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. It is open to boys and girls ages 11 – 15. Cost is $35.
Â· Preschool lessons for 3- to 5-year-olds will be held Monday through Thursday June 19 – 29 from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and July 24 – August 3 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15.
Â· Infant lessons (ages 6 – 18 months) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday June 19 – 29 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. and July 24 – Aug. 3 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15.
Â· Adult swimming lessons will be held Monday through Thursday June 19 – 29 from 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. and Aug. 17 from 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Cost is $25.
Â· Levels One through Six will be held Monday through Friday, July 10 – 21 from 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Â· Levels One and Two will be held Monday through Friday, July 10 – 21 from 6:50 – 7:35 p.m.
Â· Levels One through Three will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 7 – 18 from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Â· Levels One through Six will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 7 – 18 from 6:35 – 7:20 p.m.
Cost is $25 per two-week session.
For registration information or questions about programs contact the recreation program at (704) 735-2671.
by Sarah Grano