Originally Published: June 10, 2010 10:01 p.m.
Residents of Chino Valley packed the Aquatic Center over the Memorial Day weekend, and Dean Smith, Parks and Recreation's aquatics specialist, expects it to be packed again over the Fourth of July weekend.
"We are averaging 400-425 swimmers a day," he said. "Our capacity is 457. We also are seeing more adults and seniors this year."
Smith attributes the high turnout to the economy and the heat. "People can't afford to take as long vacations as they did in the past, so they are taking advantage of local recreational opportunities," he said.
A big draw is the fact that admission fees remain the same as in 2009. Daily admission is $2 for children and youth ages 4 to 17, with ages 3 and younger free; adults are $3 and a family costs $10. Season passes are $50 for a single youth pass, ages 10 and older; $80 for a single adult pass; and $130 for a family pass with up to five immediate family members. The Aquatic Center is located at 1615 N. Road 1 East.
Chowchilla resident Nicole Bassi said she's glad the swimming pool is open daily this summer and is offering classes.
"The other day I picked up a brochure because I'm interested in taking an adult aerobics class and enrolling my daughter in swimming lessons," she said.
This year, the center offers public swimming from 1-5 p.m. seven days a week.
Smith said the Aquatic Center will be open through Aug. 15. "We close then because school starts and our attendance falls off dramatically," he said.
The Aquatic Center continues to offer swim lessons and water exercise classes, and rents the pool out for parties.
This year, Smith said, they added a parent-tot swim session from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for parents with children from newborn to 6 years of age.
The Aquatic Center offers a 30-minute group learn-to-swim class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m., and 12:20-12:50 p.m.
Smith said there will be three sessions this summer - June 7-23, June 25-July 12, and July 14-30. Cost per session is $30.
The pool staff also offers an aqua-fit water exercise class in the daytime from 9-10 a.m. or 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 8-26. Session 2 runs from June 29-July 17. Evening aqua-fit classes are 5-6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from June 7-July 5 or from July 7-Aug. 5. Cost of the aqua-fit classes is $35 per session.
Lap swim times are 9-10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Therapy and adult swims are 10-11 a.m., which are for individuals with physical limitations and those who like to swim without distractions.
People or firms can rent the pool from 6-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5-9 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information about the pool, call 636-9780, ext. 7102.