As temperatures rise and schools release for the summer, the Mexico Municipal Pool is prepared to welcome swimmers on Memorial Day weekend. The pool will have its grand opening for the summer at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s the weekend that school gets out and it’s the weekend before summer school starts,” said recreation supervisor Brooke Jameson. “We hope that we see a lot of folks there and we are prepared to have staff and lifeguards for a big crowd.”

The pool will offer four sessions of swim lessons this summer, with each session running for two weeks. One session will cost $15.

Community members will also be able to rent the pool for parties. Rentals cost $150 for an hour and a half of pool time and up to 75 swimmers are permitted. Staff will begin taking reservations for swim lessons and pool rentals on May 26.

Individuals looking for low-impact exercise are encouraged to attend an Aquacise class or visit the pool during lap swim hours, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition to open swim and lessons, the pool will also host several special events including three “Flick and Float” nights.

“We will have an inflatable screen and we’ll have a movie at the pool,” Jameson said.

The pool will show Free Willy on June 22, Finding Nemo on July 13 and The Little Mermaid on Aug. 3.

On June 29, “Diving With Diversity” will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“Our lifeguards will be ready to help swimmers who need special attention or want some pool time that is a little more centralized to their needs,” Jameson said. She says the 21 lifeguards are both interviewed and certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and lifeguard instruction.

The pool will close for the summer Aug. 11, but not before celebrating students with a “Back to School Bash.” The event, to be held from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 10, will have games and prizes for a “last hoorah” before the new school year begins.

While Aug. 11 will be the pool’s final day for swimmers, community pups will still have a chance to make a splash. “Doggy Dive” will be held Aug. 14 as an opportunity for community members to bring their dogs to the pool. The water will stop being treated with chlorine so it can be safe for the dogs to swim in.

“It’s a really fun event for people to bring their dogs out,” Jameson said. “They get to splish and splash in the pool and then we’ll drain the pool the next day to close it for winter.”

For more information on pool hours or events, call the city pool at 573-581-1914

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Summer 2018 Pool Schedule:

Monday -Friday: Lap swim from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.; Open swim from 1-6 p.m.

Aquacise classes and swim lessons, pool rentals, etc. will all begin at 6:30 p.m. on days they are scheduled.

Fees:

Adults ages 18+: $3

Youth ages 6-17: $2

Youth ages 5 & under: $1

Pool pass options:

Family pass: 100 visits for $150

Adult pass: 10 visits for $24

Youth pass: 10 visits for $16

5 & under pass: 10 visits for $8