The city’s two public pools will open soon after in the first week of June, officials announced Thursday.
And while the fees for using these pools will be the same, the hours this summer will be different.
The Sparks Marina will be opening for Memorial Day swimming Saturday and Sunday. It will also be open for swimming the following weekend, May 30-31. Weekday public swimming will not open until June 4. From that date on, swimmers can dive in any time until August 30. The marina will be open for its last swimming days of the season on Labor Day weekend in September.
There is no fee to swim at the marina.
Deer park pool will open for recreational swimming on June 6 and swimmers can dive in until August 30. The pool will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. However, there is a fee. As with all city pools, children will be charged $3, adults will pay $5 and seniors will pay $3.50. A family of six can swim for $12.
Oppio Park pool will open the following Monday, June 8. Lap swimming will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays, the pool will be open 9 to 11 a.m. Recreational swimming will be available from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
Fees for Oppio park pool will be the same as those for Deer Park pool.
According to Washoe County parks and open space spokesman Bob Harmon, the county’s two pools are expected to open June 6, as well. The Sun Valley pool will be open for swimming Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Bowers Mansion pool in Washoe Valley will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
However, Harmon added that the pools still do not have enough lifeguards hired to staff them.
Earlier this year, all area pools faced an uncertain future as budget cuts threatened to close them.
However, when the Sparks City Council was asked to certify a set of sweeping budget cuts, which included closing the pools, the vote was to keep them open.
County representatives announced Wednesday that they had also found the money to keep their pools open.
However, the Sparks pools will now run on restricted hours and an annual budget of about $106,000. Its original operating budget was $150,000.
According to Sparks Parks and Recreation Department director Stan Sherer, the city’s aquatics programs are not self-sustaining and do not make the city any money.
Sherer and the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department encourage the public to keep the Sparks Marina a safe, inviting place for everyone by observing the following:
* Do not distract the lifeguards while they are working. Questions should be directed to the Recreation Office at 353-2376. In the case of an emergency, call 911.
* Children under 8 years of age must have an adult with them in the designated swim areas at all times. Keeping your child within an arm's length is a good policy to follow.
* Toys, rafts, noodles, etc. cannot be used in place of swimming ability or for water safety purposes.
* Groups of 25 or more must make a reservation by calling 353-7879.
* Shade areas are first-come, first-served unless they are rented.