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Chino preparing for second swimming season

Special to the Review

The town’s Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for the second season at the swimming pool by hiring teens as lifeguards and for other temporary jobs.

“We are interviewing (applicants) now,” said Jason Kelly, aquatics manager. He said the department received 25 applications as of this past Thursday, and plans to hire the youths this week.

The youths will start their jobs in two or three weeks in advance of the May 27 opening of the Chino Valley Aquatics Center to the public, Kelly said. The 6,300-square-foot pool is located in Community Center Park, off Road 1 East and Perkinsville Road.

In any case, the May 27 scheduled opening means the lifeguards will not have the idle time that their counterparts experienced in 2005 because of the delayed opening of the newly constructed pool. All lifeguards must undergo two consecutive weekends of training through the American Red Cross, Kelly said.

Weather-related construction delays put off the opening of the pool in 2005 from the hoped-for date during the Memorial Day weekend to Sept 2, merely 22 days before the town closed the pool to public use.

The pool will be open for use by the Chino Valley Unified School and for training in advance of May 27, Kelly said. The pool will remain open to the public through the Labor Day weekend – and beyond that date for special events.

Kelly said his department plans a promotion by offering 20 percent discounts on season passes for both youths and adults. Passes will cost $40 for youths under 18 and $64 for adults.

The town hired Low Mountain Construction of Phoenix in January 2005 to build the aquatics center for $2.4 million.

Aquatics center boosters began the campaign for the town’s first swimming pool 15 years earlier.

Contact the reporter at khedler@prescottaz.com

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