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March 20, 2014

Everyone in!

Parks department announces public swim season dates

By BRIAN SMITH

With Spring Break behind parents and students in Weatherford, the next focus of both groups is, “What can I do this summer?”

Weatherford Parks and Recreation has a number of ideas and ways to stay cool this summer at the Cherry Park Pool. Athletics and Aquatics Manager Tyler Sievert said the pool will be open Saturday, May 24, in time for Memorial Day Weekend. As is the case every year, some minor changes have been made in 2014 to better accommodate what users want, Sievert said.

After a successful start to the water aerobics program last year, which saw great crowds in the two evening classes, Sievert has increased the number of evening classes to three on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while keeping morning classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The popular lap swimming program will have a full hour added on Saturday morning to accommodate the crowds that came out in last summer’s first year. Lap swims will also take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well.

Private parties can also be booked at the pool four nights a week. Sign ups

for dates begin Monday, April 7, according to a flyer.

Changes in swim lesson timings have also been made with four morning and two evening sessions planned this year beginning June 2. Early registration for Weatherford residents only is scheduled for Friday, May 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 303 Palo Pinto St. A reduced rate of $40 to everyone who can produce proof of residency will be offered.

Open registration will be held for everyone from 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at City Hall. Registration will take place after that at the Parks and Recreation office, 119 Palo Pinto St. Lessons are held for ages 18 months to adult.

Lifeguards are needed this summer. Sievert said a new rule allows 15-year-olds to be lifeguards should open up the “pool” of candidates.

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