Safety stressed for city pool patrons
by Marie Nesmith
May 27, 2012 | 1879 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lifeguard Hunter Myrick tests the safety of the water at the Dellinger Park pool. The city pools’ water is tested for cleanliness three times a day.
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Lifeguard Hunter Myrick tests the safety of the water at the Dellinger Park pool. The city pools’ water is tested for cleanliness three times a day. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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As area residents take a dip in the pool to escape the rising temperatures, Kristin Strickland, aquatics coordinator for the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, encourages patrons to follow safety guidelines. The Dellinger Park and Aubrey Street outdoor pools, which opened May 19, will close on Sept. 4 and Aug. 5, respectively.

"We haven't had to rescue anybody yet," Strickland said. "We have had minor incidents ... but nothing [serious]. So that's been positive, very positive. We really want to stress that parents need to watch their kids at all times, that if their kids don't know how to swim that they [need] to provide them with a U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation device and just keep their kids hydrated.

"We allow them to bring in coolers of water and sports drinks, and we even sell water and sports drinks. So we want them to stay hydrated, make sure they bring food or they get food from us so that they don't get ill or overheated. We think it's going to be a really hot summer, this summer. So, we want to make sure that people have a place to cool down, so the pool is a great place for that."

With May being designated as National Water Safety Month, Strickland encourages adults to equip youth with appropriate tools to avoid serious injury. Along with helping them learn how to swim, parents should supervise youths 12 and younger at the pool, review the posted pool rules with their children and, if needed, equip them with U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation devices instead of foam or air-filled toys.

"We have to watch out for, of course, any unsafe behavior, things like kids walking or running on the pool deck, kids horseplaying in the pool [or] jumping off the diving board and don't know how to swim -- that's a big one that we deal with," Strickland said. "So our lifeguards are really good at making sure that they stop any unsafe behaviors so that they don't turn into emergencies. ... We encourage parents to come with their kids, stay with their kids and then, of course, your kids are going to mock your behavior.

"So if parents are following the rules then the kids are going to follow the rules also. Some key rules that we have [are] no running on the pool deck, no horseplaying in the pool, no head-first dives in the shallow end."

Even though the city's swimming season started May 19, individual pool passes still can be purchased for $40 each at the Dellinger Park Office. Family passes also are available for $100, which will cover up to four people, after which each additional person will be charged $20. With only 250 passes available, seasonal passes are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily admission is $3 for ages 13 to adult, $2 for ages 5 to 12 and no charge for 4 and younger.

The pools' schedules are:

* Dellinger Park at 100 Pine Grove Road: Until Aug. 7, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Aug. 8 to Sept. 4, Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. The pool will be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

* Aubrey Street at 135 Aubrey St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays, the pool will be open July 4.

In addition to passes, registration also is under way at the Dellinger Park Office for upcoming swimming lessons. The first two-week session starts June 4. Open for 6-month-olds to adults, each session is $50 per person.

"We really like to stress pool safety," said Emily Williams, a pool manager for Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department. "It's really important that children know how to swim if they're going to be at our facilities because we like to ensure the public's safety.

"And we actually do everything we can to make sure children can swim. We offer lots of swim lessons. So we always encourage our patrons to enroll their children so that they can just focus on having a good time at the pool rather than having to worry about them drowning or anything like that."

For more information about the city's swimming lessons or pool passes, call the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department at 770-387-5626 or visit www.cityofcartersville.org/index.aspx?NID=22.