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Chino Valley pool season ends this weekend
Facility has seen increase in popularity, town staff says

Swimmers enjoy themselves at the Chino Valley Aquatic Center Thursday, Aug. 1. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Swimmers enjoy themselves at the Chino Valley Aquatic Center Thursday, Aug. 1. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Swimmers have just a few more days to enjoy the pool before the Chino Valley Aquatic Center closes for the season — its last day is Sunday, Aug. 11.

Getting out of the water to put some sunblock on, Jordan Koller, who was with her son Mason Koller, said this was the first time the two of them had been to the pool all season. They were enjoying it, Jordan Koller said.

“It was hot and it’s almost over,” she said as to what brought them out Thursday, Aug. 1. “Might as well do it before it’s over.”

Emily Kirsop also was at the pool Thursday and said she and her family have been coming out to swim a couple of times a week. There are a lot of kids, it gets them all outside, and her 5-year-old loves it, Kirsop said.

This season has gone well and has seen really great attendance, said Chino Valley Recreation Coordinator Haley Byrd. It has been a fun season, too, with more people in the water than last year, said Chino Valley Recreation Lead Dallas Gray.

“Our facility has been extremely busy this year,” Gray said. “We’ve had some pretty exciting days around here with different things that have taken place. Our staff has held themselves together with anything that has come up.”

Further, the monsoon has been pretty dry this year compared to last year, limiting the number of pool closures to due rain and lightning this season, Byrd said. The facility closed four or five times over the course of the season, she said.

For the final few days of the season, the Chino Valley Aquatic Center will be open for free swim from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 4-6, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. Admission is $3.25 for youth and seniors, $4.25 for adults and free for children 2 and younger.

Byrd said the town has tried to keep the pool open through the end of August in the past. When she was a cashier eight or nine years ago, it was open until Labor Day, she said.

“We were only open in the afternoon and weekends, and we didn’t have good attendance at all,” Byrd said. “A lot of kids are in school; in the afternoons they have homework or they have after-school activities going on, so it really wasn’t cost-effective to us.”

However, a lot of people in the community have reached out and asked for the season to be extended, so she is going to try to put a proposal together to present to the Town Council for next year, she said.

Next year might also see some fun things going on with concessions, Gray said, adding she was unable to go into specifics.

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