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Glen Park pool opens this weekend

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Summer has arrived and the Glen Park pool has been filled with water, waiting for the first swimmers to dip their toes in.

City of River Falls Parks and Recreation Coordinator Cindi Danke said the pool will officially open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 -- school groups will use the pool on June 6,7 and 10.

She went on to say that the 76-year old pool is filled before the start of the season to make sure that everything is working properly.

Though, Danke did comment, "They built things to last back then."

The pool will open full-time on Tuesday, June 11. Pool closes for the season August 25.

Glen Park pool will be open Sunday-Friday, 1-4:45 p.m. and 6:15-8:15 p.m; and Saturday, 12:30-4:45 p.m.

Each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:15-8:15 p.m., the pool will host family fun night. During this time swimmers may bring toys and play with the toys the pool has to offer.

Admission to the Glen Park pool is $2 before 6 p.m. or $1.50 after 6 p.m. Children four and under are free with a paid adult and are required to be supervised at all times. It should be noted that children 10-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Season passes are available: Individual pass, $50 in-city limits or $75 out-of-city limits; two-four family member, $100 in-city limits or $150 out-of-city limits; and five-six family members, $150 in-city limits or $200 out-of-city limits.

Adult lap swim, for those over 15-years-old, will be held everyday from 5-6 p.m. Admission is $1.50 or lap swimmers can use their season pass.

Danke said that the lap swimmers are a very dedicated bunch and that, weather permitting, the pool is always open at 5 p.m., for this "faithful group."

The pool offers Red Cross swim lessons on weekend mornings. More information about swim classes is avalible on the parks and rec website -- click on "2013 Program Brochure."

"I think the Red Cross lessons are some of the best around," said Danke. She attributed that to the instructors who understand and like kids.

Lessons are held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 5-6:15 p.m.

Danke said that one week swim lessons were scheduled to start the morning of June 10, but with the everlasting winter and need to make up missed school days, the lessons have been re-scheduled on that Monday to later in the evening -- classes will be in the morning starting June 11.

The pool also offers birthday party rental. Party goers get one hour in the pool and may bring pool toys to play with. Parties can be scheduled for 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until August 25. Fees for pool rental are $50 for up to 15 people, or $75 for 16-30 people. To schedule a party, call the Parks and Rec at 715-425-0924.

Danke said that this year swimmers will notice the new handicap lift in the shallow end, as well as new cement that abuttes the cement that was poured last year.

She mentioned that changes are noted by pool users. For example, last year, many people noticed the new water fountain.

There will be some new faces walking around the pool this year, with changes in lifeguards -- Danke indicated that they lost girls, but gained some boys.

All pool lifeguards are CPR, lifeguard and AED certified. There is also an AED device in the bath house

Danke said that the bath house has snacks for sale, as well as sun screen and swim diapers -- required for those still in diapers.

Is that thunder?

With water being a beacon for storms, those that work at the pool are always asking, "Is that thunder?"

Danke said lifeguards use their phones to keep an eye on the radar. She also mentioned that there is a weather radio in the bath house.

Danke said that swimmers will not be allowed in the pool if there is thunder or lightning.

She went on to say, on a cloudy, cool day the pool will close if there is not a minimum of 10 swimmers. Danke added that after 7 p.m. the same rule applies.

A message indicating whether the pool is closed will be left on the answering machine -- 715-425-0933. A sign will also be posted on the door and the open/close pool sign by the drinking fountain will also indicate the pool's status.

For swimming lessons, Danke said that she will try to email participants about swimming conditions otherwise the 'River Falls Park & Recreation' page on Facebook will be updated.

Swim lessons will be held in light drizzle, said Danke.

To contact the River Falls Parks and Rec department call 715-425-0924 or the Glen Park pool 715-425-0933.

Jillian Dexheimer

Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.