Splash into summer
School is nearing its end, and youth are anxiously anticipating water fun to be had at the Sabetha Aquatic Center and Sabetha Kiwanis Family Splash Park.
City crews have been busy preparing the Sabetha Aquatic Center for its opening — which is set for Monday, May 23.
Parks and Recreation Director Jeremy Haverkamp said that the pool has not been filled yet, but he plans to start filling it at the end of this week. On average, it takes about two to three days to warm the water to the appropriate temperature, which is 78 to 82 degrees. Haverkamp said the water temperature is also dependent on the sun and nighttime temperatures.
The Aquatic Center will be open weekdays 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be water aerobics and lap swim between 5 and 6 p.m. Pool admission is $5 for adults 18 and up, $3 for ages 4 to 17, and free for children ages 3 and under. A single season pass is $75. A family season pass is $150.
Loretta Buser will manage the Aquatic Center, and Hillary Krebs with be the assistant manager. Life guard training will be held Friday through Sunday, May 20 through 22.
Anyone ages 7 to 18 is eligible to participate in swim team. Practices are held at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. No noon practice will be held on Wednesday this year. Luke Scoby and Kara Tramp are the head coaches. Assisting them are Halle Scoby, Mya Grimes, Aiden Lang, Audrey Tramp and Audrey Herrmann.
Haverkamp said the Splash Park opening date is always tentative. As soon as the water is warm enough, the park will open. According to Haverkamp, this will generally happen around the end of school.
The Splash Park is open until dark every day throughout the summer and is free to the public.