Local pools open this weekend
Nothing says Memorial Day like cookouts, parades and reruns of classic war movies.
And, of course, a dip in the pool.
Continuing a decades-old tradition, High Point again will open its two public pools to start the new swimming season.
The High Point Parks and Recreation Department runs two aquatic facilities, one at City Lake Park and another at Washington Terrace Park, and both include a swimming pool, water slides and a wading pool.
Department Director Lee Tillery said opening weekend is “pretty hectic.”
“It’s three straight days with a lot of excitement, so it gets fairly crowded,” Tillery said.
The water slides remain the center of attention.
City Lake Park has one of the largest public swimming pools in the Southeast, and tends to attract more people who come for the two snakelike water slides that send swimmers spiraling down the twists and turns, where they empty into a pool holding 10,000 gallons of water.
Meanwhile, the pool at Washington Terrace, 101 Gordon St., has a pool and a slide.
The city also has a splash pad park at the Southside Recreation Center, 401 Taylor Ave. It’s waterplay without the pool, complete with water spray guns, water buckets and floor sprouts along with the Lunar Blast Net Climber, where kids can climb through and around a spider-web net.
All of the aquatic facilities will be open this weekend through Monday, then on Saturdays and Sundays only until Guilford County Schools lets out for the summer.
The aquatic facilities generally close for the year around mid-August.
“It’s a quick summer because we open Memorial Day weekend and then close in August,” Tillery said. “We’re hoping for good weather this year. The pools are in good condition, and we’re really looking forward to the summer.”
• City Lake pool: Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $6 per person
• Washington Terrace pool: Saturday and Monday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. $1.25 per person
• Southside Rec Center Splash Pad: Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Free
Facilities are open weekends only until Guilford County Schools lets out for the summer. For more information go to: http://www.highpointnc.gov/pr/pools.cfm