The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 7, 2013

Schifferdecker Aquatic Center opens Saturday

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center opens Saturday.

Hours will be 1 to 6 p.m. daily, with an extended time for family swim on Friday nights.

The $5.3 million aquatic center, with a lazy river, competition lap pool, five slides and water spray features, is located on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Schifferdecker Avenue, and replaces the pool that had been there for decades.

A recommendation to build the aquatic center came from public input received by a task force of local residents who devised a projects list based on revenue generated from a 10-year quarter-cent sales tax that Joplin voters renewed to start in 2012.

Admission will $5 for those ages 16 years and older; $4 for children ages 15-3. Children age 2 and under get in free. Prices at the old pool were 75 cents for children and $1 for adults.

Season passes also are available for admission to all three aquatic centers in Joplin. These passes offer unlimited admission to all three of Joplin’s water parks. A family season pass is $125. The individual adult season passes (ages 18 and up) are $70 and individual children season passes (ages 3 to 17) and senior citizen passes (ages 60 and up) are $60.

Family swim night will be offered at Schifferdecker from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays with admission discounted by 50 percent.

 Morning lap swim will be available from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday at Schifferdecker. Admission for lap swim is $1.50, or is free with a season pass.

Free swims also will be offered at Schifferdecker, Cunningham and Ewert pools his summer. Cunningham is free from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; Schifferdecker is free from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; Ewert offers free swims from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Swimming Hole

Generations of Joplin residents have had a pool to enjoy at Schifferdecker Park, which is named for the donor of the park land — businessman Charles Schifferdecker. He bought a 160-acre dairy farm and shortly after the turn of the last century leased 10 acres of it to partners of the Joplin and Pittsburg Electric Railway Co., who built the Schifferdecker Electric Park there along with the first pool, called the ‘old swimming hole,” in 1909.

In 1932 a new pool was built, which was replaced with another pool in 1976 that closed last year and was torn down after leaks developed.