The water feels fine: Pool to open Thursday

The Crossett City Pool’s employees did a practice run of the pool’s policies with a few local swimmers on Tuesday to make sure the life guards and staff were prepared for opening on Thursday. Some of the practiced procedures included the use of the slide and diving board. Pool Manager Sarah Hollimon said that everything is in order and the lifeguards are ready to go.

The Crossett City Pool will have its first public swim in three years this week, and the first 100 to attend will get in free of charge.

The Crossett Recreation Commission faced a series of delays this summer while attempting to get the pool open for the first time since 2016, but Recreation Commission Member Shelly Carter said on Monday she is, “so excited to finally announce that the pool will be open.”

Pool Manager Sarah Hollimon said the first public swim will be on Thursday. Crossett City Councilwoman Crystal Marshall requested in July’s regular meeting that a free opportunity be granted to the community because of the patience they’ve held over the summer with the many delays on the pool construction.

Marshall told the council because the community has been so supportive and so patient that she hoped that the city could do something in return. Marshall suggested that a free swim day or days be organized between the time the pool opens on Aug. 1 and the time students start school on Aug. 13. The pool was still not ready on Aug. 1, however, because of construction delays and Arkansas Department of Health inspection corrections.

Hollimon said Monday that the free swim opportunity will still be offered.

On Aug. 8, 9 and 12 there will be 100 arm bands given out on a first come first serve basis.

“We have labeled arm bands and when they run out they run out and regular fees kick in,” Hollimon said.

Once school starts, public swim during the week will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at half price.

Public swims on Saturdays and Sundays will be at the regular rate from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Regular fees are $3 for students between the ages of 5 and 18, $5 for adults 19 years or older with a discount offered to seniors over the age of 60 at a rate of $3.

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