Weatherford Democrat

March 20, 2014

Everyone in!

Parks department announces public swim season dates


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.

“There’s not that much difference in the proficiency between a 15-and 16-year-old,” Sievert said. “We ran it by the city officials and they decided to ok it for lifeguards.”

Lifeguard training is scheduled April 29 through May 7 in the evenings at the pool, Sievert said. Class is also scheduled on Saturday, May 3. Class completion does not guarantee employment, according to a flyer.

Swim time is also scheduled for students with special needs on Fridays beginning June 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., weather permitting. If time for swim lessons are needed due to rainouts during the week, the special needs swim will not take place.

Calling the pool (817-598-4382) or the parks and rec office (817-598-4124) on Friday mornings will ensure the swim is being held.

Open swims will be held daily until Aug. 22. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday times running from noon to 7 p.m.

Families looking for fun that’s not water related can attend Movies in the Park Saturday evenings in June at Holland Lake Park. Movies will begin at dusk on the ballfields at the park. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged with the concession stand open for those who don’t bring their own food.

For information, visit weatherfordparks.com or call 817-598-4124.