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Pool reopens Saturday for summer
Dive into Aquatic Center's summer program with free swim day

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Swimmers of all ages are invited to swim free Saturday when the Williams Aquatic Center reopens for the summer.

Ryan Williams/WGCN<br> Swimmers of all ages are invited to swim free Saturday when the Williams Aquatic Center reopens for the summer.

WILLIAMS - After a long hiatus, the Williams Aquatic Center is opening its doors for the summer.

Kicking off the summer schedule will be a free swim day for the public. No swimming lessons will be available that day. Sessions will continue as scheduled, beginning with a water aerobics class and lap swimming at 8:30 a.m. Summer swimming lessons will begin Tuesday.

City of Williams Recreation Director Rose Newbold said the free swim day is to celebrate the opening of the pool and hopes to see a large turnout Saturday.

"The Memorial Day parade is at 11 a.m., so we will be closed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for the parade and the 4-H barbecue and the Memorial Day festivities," she said.

When the pool reopens at 1 p.m. it will be free swim time until 4 p.m. when the Aquatic Center will offer another water aerobics class, finishing off the day at 5 p.m.

Reopening the pool has been highly anticipated among residents, and Newbold said she is eager to see the new repairs made during the off-season in action.

"We've gotten a lot of repairs done and a heating and cooling unit over the off-season and I'm very excited everyone came and completed the "PoolPak" within a timely manner and we are looking forward to a really good exciting summer this year," she said.

"PoolPak" is the brand name of the large heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit on the pool's north side that handles the atmosphere in the building, explained Newbold. The unit provides heat for the pool structure.

The total cost to keep the pool open this coming summer is $72,870, which is paid by user fees and general fund revenues. A large portion of that expense goes toward funding pool personnel, which totals at around $60,000, according to city of Williams Finance Director Joe Duffy.

Call the Aquatic Center at (928) 635-3005 for more information or to enroll in swimming lessons.

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