From staff reports
Though this week’s mild temperatures may not signal swim season, most area pools are ready anyway.
And, the mercury should rise a little this weekend to help those anxious to dive in. Highs will be in the low 80s today and Sunday. There is a chance for isolated thunderstorms on Monday, but the thermometer should hit 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Joplin’s newest aquatic center at Schifferdecker Park is still in the final stages of construction, but the city’s other pools will open today.
Schifferdecker’s grand opening may be held in early June though an exact date has not yet been determined.
“Schifferdecker is going to be an incredible facility,” Chris Cotten, Joplin’s parks director, said in a statement issued by the city. “We are excited to offer a newly designed aquatic center at Schifferdecker offering many of the features our citizens asked for during our public input meetings. It is unfortunate that the opening is delayed, although we will be opening both Ewert and Cunningham facilities on Memorial Day weekend. We encourage everyone to enjoy these parks for the first couple of weeks as the work is completed on Schifferdecker.”
Cunningham Aquatic Center is located at 24th Street and Maiden Lane. Admission is $4 for adults 16 and older, and $3 for those 15 and younger.
Ewert Pool is located at Fifth and School streets. Admission is $3.50 for those 16 and older and $2.50 kids 15 and younger.
No admission is charged at city pools for children 2 or younger.
Both pools are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Season passes may be purchased for Joplin pools that allow unlimited admissions. A family pass costs $125, while single adult passes are $70, and children and seniors are $60.
Passes that cut the cost by 50 percent are available to eligible residents who apply. Those eligible must live in the city limits and receive WIC assistance, food stamps, Medicaid or MO HealthNet Managed Care.
The passes, or applications for the reduced price passes, can be obtained at the Joplin Athletic Complex, First Street and Tri-State Road.
Free swims will be at Cunningham from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, and at Ewert from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pools can be rented for private parties.
The pool, known as Bulldog Beach, opens today. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. daily. It remains open through Labor Day.
The admission fee is $2 per person, children 2 and younger are free with paid adult admission. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by a person who is least 16 years old.
Individual passes are $45 per person. A family summer pass is $85.
The pool is at 203 Valley Lane.
The Carthage Municipal Pool opens Saturday, June 1.
Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for children 3 and younger; $1.50 for children 4 to 15, and $2.50 for ages 16 and older.
Season passes cost $45 per child and $75 per adult. For a two-person family, the cost of a season pass is $100, a three-person family is $120, and a four-person family is $140.
The Aquatic Park in Lamar, consisting of a leisure pool with amenities such as slides and a lap pool, opens Saturday, June 1.
Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission for ages 4 and older is $5 per person. Children 3 and younger get in free.
A full-season family pass is $150; a half-season family pass is $75. The first half of the season ends July 10. A second-half season pass will be available beginning July 11.
Individual cost for a full-season pass is $75, or $37.50 for a half season.
The city also has an indoor pool that it uses for aquatic programs such as water exercise and swim classes. Go to cityoflamar.org for details.
The aquatic center is located in Lamar City Park.
The municipal pool opens today. The city claims on its website that the pool, at 20,000 square feet, is the largest municipal pool in Oklahoma.
Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2 for children 13 and younger, and $3 for everyone 14 and older.
Season passes for children 13 and younger are $50 per person. For those 14 and older, the cost is $60 per person. A family pass for up to four family members is $85, or $110 for families with five to eight members.
The pool is at 14 B St. Southeast in Miami’s Riverview Park.
The public pool opens today. Hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free on opening day. The pool closes Sept. 2.
Children 5 and younger swim free; ages 6 to 17 pay $2 each; adults pay $3 each.
Summer passes for a family of four are $120, and $15 for each additional family member. Individual passes are $55.
The city also maintains a wading pool at Big Spring Park, where admission is free.
The Pittsburg Aquatic Center, 708 W. Ninth St., will open for the summer today.
The Aquatic Center features a zero-depth large pool with two diving boards, a mammoth slide, flume slide and a lazy river. The toddler pool features fountains, a frog slide, playground and grassy play area. There are also two sand volleyball courts and a bathhouse.
Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. every day, with a family swim time from 5:15 to 7 p.m. daily. Children need to be with an adult 18 or older during family swim time.
Children 3 and younger are admitted free; ages 4 to 15 are $3.25; 16 to 54 are $4.25, and seniors 55 and older are $3.25. Two adults and up to four children may attend family swim time for $15.
Free swims are scheduled for Father’s Day, Fourth of July and the last day of the season, which will be Aug. 11.
Season passes cost $65 for an individual. Family passes begin at $145 for a family of four, with $20 for each additional family member living in the same household.