WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — All eight city pools will open for the summer on Friday, the last day of school for students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
“What’s a better way to celebrate the end of school than to go home, get into a swimsuit and jump into the pool,” asked Dick Butler, the city’s aquatic’s supervisor.
According to the city’s website, the pools opening are: Bolton, Happy Hill, Kimberly Park, Parkland, Polo and Reynolds Park, Mineral Springs, and Sprague.
Some pools had been open on a limited basis since Memorial Day weekend.
The city has hired 61 lifeguards for its pools, Butler said, and plans to hire nine more.
At least five lifeguards will be on duty at each pool, Butler said. Additional lifeguards will be available.
Friday’s forecast for Winston-Salem calls for partly sunny skies with a high temperature near 86 and a 50 percent chance of rain.
Butler said he expects this year’s pool attendance to exceed the 43,629 people who visited the pools last year if the weather is good. Last year’s attendance was nearly 12,000 fewer visitors than in 2012, likely because of the cool rainy weather, he said.
About 50,000 people typically visit the city pools each year.
The city hopes to attract more visitors with new spraygrounds at Mineral Springs and Happy Hill pools, the city said. They will be similar to the water playgrounds at the Bolton and Kimberly Park pools.
Swimmers must wear appropriate swimwear with a liner or have appropriate swimwear with them to be admitted into the pool area, Butler said.
All pools will offer free swimming lessons for children and adults starting Monday, the city said.
The city charges children age 17 and under a $2 fee at its pools, Butler said. Children 2 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Adults are charged $3.
A season pass for a child is $40 and $60 for an adult, Butler said.