The tentative opening date for the Forest Park swimming pool, weather permitting, is May 31. Pool Manager Sara Osborn, at Tuesday night's Park Board meeting at City Hall, also reported that Tiffany Deakins was selected as assistant manager/head lifeguard.
Osborn said that by Deakins shifting duties and the two of them alternating responsibilities as much as possible, it would save the pool money.
Swimming lessons will be offered again this year. There are currently two, two-week sessions scheduled with two class times each day. The first session is June 16-20 and June 23-27. The second session is July 14-18 and July 21-25. Class times for both sessions are 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:15 a.m. A third session could be scheduled if there were enough interest.
Osborn said private swimming lessons will probably be offered. Available times and cost will be published later.
The board voted to increase the cost of pool parties last night after much discussion. Members expressed distaste about doing so but agreed it was necessary to help offset the increasing cost of maintaining the pool. A pool party for up to 100 people now costs $110. A party for over 100 is $135.
The manager and assistant manager will be at the pool from noon-4 p.m. on May 28-30. Any interested individuals may meet with Osborn and Deakins at that time to book parties, purchase pool passes and sign up for swimming lessons.
Cindy Schmaltz, of the First Christian Church Day Care, requested information from the board regarding pool pass costs and asked if there were any discount group rates. The board explained the method that the YMCA currently uses for their summer day care program. Schmaltz said she needed to consult with her board.
Steve Brattain, of the Community Bible Chapel, requested permission to use the Pavilion from 5-9 p.m. on May 17 for a fundraising gospel sing. The money is used to help sponsor the Special Needs Bible Camp. The board gave Brattain approval.
James McKinney, of the First Apostolic Tabernacle Church, was given permission for the church to have a service in the pavilion.
Board Treasurer, John Tilley expressed thanks to a group putting on the car show at the park recently. Tilley said they were extremely courteous and cleaned up the facilities completely when they were done.