The Crossett City Pool opened for full hours for the summer on Monday, and the first public swim was Tuesday afternoon.
Pool Manager Shannon Hornsby said the goal for this summer is to provide lots of opportunities for the public to use the pool. Those opportunities will include youth events, movie nights and exercise classes, among other things.
“We really want them to come and use it, and we want to stay open as long as possible,” she said.
One of those events will be 2 p.m. June 17, when the pool participates in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
The 30-minute lesson will coincide with lessons at other pools around the globe.
“Everyone will be using the same curriculum at the same time, and the goal is to teach more people how to swim,” Hornsby said.
Researchers have established that learning to swim by the third grade will likely determine if a person ever learns to swim; after that point, the chances they’ll learn how drop sharply. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental, injury-related death for children 14 and younger.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’s social media page says that the event, “was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.”
The regular hours of operation at the pool will be:
4SUNDAY, closed; private party booking available.
4MONDAY, family night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; private party booking available.
4TUESDAY, public swim from 1 to 6 p.m.; AquaZumba with Stephanie from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; lap swim from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; private party booking available.
4WEDNESDAY, public swim from 1 to 6 p.m.; Teen Night, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
4THURSDAY, public swim from 1 to 6 p.m.; lap swim from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; private party booking available.
4FRIDAY, public swim from 1 to 6 p.m.; private party booking available
4SATURDAY, public swim from 1 to 6 p.m.; private party booking available.
The pool hosted its first event of the year, a swim meet in partnership with CREST Swimming, on June 12. More than 60 swim families used the pool during the event, the Jacked Up Relays.
Hornsby said the pool will host more swimming ecompetitions over the summer.