Cool weather will delay the opening of the City's nine public outdoor pools. The water temperature in all the pools was below 61 degrees Thursday afternoon, and the Parks and Recreation Department said that is not warm enough for safe and comfortable swimming.
The pools were set to open Saturday, May 25. While swimming will not be allowed until further notice, the pools will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for residents to purchase season passes, to register for swim and dive leagues, learn to swim programs, and to request pool rentals.
Parks and Recreation Department staff will assess conditions Tuesday, May 28 and determine a new season opening date.
Once the pools open, the slides at Star City Shores will not be available for immediate use. Staff found damage to the surfaces of both three-year old slides due to winter freezing and thawing, and repairs are needed before the slides can open to the public. The repair material has been ordered from the Canadian company that manufactured the slides, but the delivery date is uncertain because the material must pass through customs. Staff will make the needed repairs as quickly as possible after the repair material arrives.
During the period that the slides are not available, the daily admission fee for Star City Shores will be reduced to match the rate at Highlands and University Place Aquatic Centers. The concession stand at Star City Shores will also offer discounts for season pass holders while the slides are closed.
Residents can buy pool passes, register for swimming lessons and other aquatic programs and find more information about the City pools at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
Swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels start June 3, June 17, July 8 and July 22. For more information, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7847 (extension 4). The website also includes information on the free fitness classes, middle school Night Splash, pool rentals and Dog Splash event at the end of the season.
Once the pools open, Star City Shores,4375 S. 33rd Ct., will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m. daily during the regular season.
The Highlands Aquatic Center, 5511 N.W. 12th Street, and University Place Aquatic Center, 2000 N. 48th Street, will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The following neighborhood pools will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. daily:
The free sprayground at Trago Park, North 22nd and "U" streets will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.