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Pool season coming to a close

Positive comments on removing split sessions, assistant community services director says

Families enjoying the last days of the Chino Valley Aquatic Center’s 2018 season Saturday, Aug. 4. The final day of the season is Sunday, Aug. 12. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Families enjoying the last days of the Chino Valley Aquatic Center’s 2018 season Saturday, Aug. 4. The final day of the season is Sunday, Aug. 12. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Chino Valley’s pool season is coming to a close, which means there’s only one weekend left for people like Tracy Hunt and grandkids Braeylen Varney, 8, and Jantzen Varney, 7, to enjoy the Aquatic Center until next year.

They’ve gone every weekend this summer, and even took swimming lessons while having a good time and learning a lot, Hunt said.

“This is our weekend fun time,” she said.

At the same time, Grace Swanson has brought her son James Swanson, 3, to the pool about 10 times for free swim and parent-child swim, plus a few swim lessons. They may only stay for an hour or so, but they’ve really enjoyed themselves, Grace Swanson said.

It’s been a really good season for the pool, said Chino Valley Assistant Community Services Director Cyndi Thomas. Looking at preliminary numbers, Thomas said attendance has been up by more than 500 participants and more than 400 kids were a part of the Paulden Plunge, where Yavapai Regional Transit gave kids from Paulden free transportation to the pool.

There have also been a lot of positive comments on taking the split sessions and turning them into one large session, she said. It also works for later in the season when lightning forces early closure, Thomas said.

“At least people were able to get some swimming before we’re canceling,” she said. “Whereas last year, the entire second session would be canceled instead of just part of the one.”

Hunt said the one session has been better than the way the sessions were done in the past. They like to come early and stay until the afternoon and the one session works better for them, she said.

The final day of the Aquatic Center season is Sunday, Aug. 12, with open swim from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’ll be just another regular day at the pool, Thomas said. The hope was to get a drool in the pool for dogs, but that isn’t going to happen, she said. However, it will be on the calendar for next year at seasons end.

Every year after the season comes to an end, there’s always something that needs maintenance, Thomas said. During the next year, the goal is to resurface and paint the slide and other water features, she said.

“Hopefully we’ll be doing that relatively soon in order to be just that much more ready when the season starts,” Thomas said. “Before you know it, May will be here.”

Additionally, the town will take into consideration comments staff has received from patrons and reevaluate the year to see if there’s any other changes to make, Thomas said. Any plans will be proposed before the Chino Valley town council.

Prior to Sunday, the Aquatic Center is open for open swim from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 8-10, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. There is also night swim from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Parent-Tot-Family time swim from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Swim lessons are from 10:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday and lap swim from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Admission rates are free for children ages 2 and under, $3 for youth ages 3 to 17, $4 for adults ages 18-54, $3 for seniors ages 55 and older and $14 for a family of up to five people.

For more information about the Aquatic Center, visit https://www.chinoaz.net/444/Chino-Valley-Aquatic-Center.