Most swimming pools and water parks in the Wichita area will open this weekend, allowing a respite from the hot Kansas summer just as temperatures begin to climb.
Preparation for the pool openings this weekend began months ago. The most recent step was the hiring and training of lifeguards, said Shelley Conrady, communications director for the Greater Wichita YMCA. The YMCA will open its four outdoor waterparks Saturday.
“We have over 200 lifeguards,” Conrady said. “Before the season we make sure they all have their certifications. We do a city-wide in-service. We close down our pools for a day and train all of our lifeguards together.
“We’ll continue to work with our lifeguards. Every week we have a meeting with them where we go over if there are any issues, any saves, or anything to learn from the previous weeks.”
Wichita’s city pools will open for the season on Monday. Although the pools are opening on Memorial Day, they are normally closed on Mondays through the season.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children under 18, and an $8 family rate (for up to six people). Discount coupons are available at each pool: $60 for 50 coupons or $40 for 25 coupons. Each coupon admits one child or one adult.
Wichita city pools
All are free and operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Fountains may be closed at any time due to weather.
YMCA water parks
All YMCA water parks will open Saturday and remain open through Labor Day, Sept. 3, with reduced hours when public schools open in August. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 6 p.m. weekends. Holiday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday (Memorial Day), July 4 and Sept. 3. Admission: Free for YMCA members; $18 family and $10 individual without a member. For details, go to http://waterparks.ymcawichita.org.
Suburban public pools