One of the coolest places in the Rim country this summer will be Taylor Pool.
First opened in 1985, the public swimming facility underwent a facelift last winter which included a replastering of the pool surface and paving of the parking lot.
On a hot afternoon May 26th with youngsters eagerly awaiting their first plunge in the cool, crisp water the doors at Taylor Pool swung open for the summer season.
Assistant Pool Manager Steve Konvalin said the opening-day crowd was as large as he and his staff had expected.
"We're pretty busy," he said as youngsters and adults frolicked in the pool.
The only trouble the staff had was getting the word out that a new pool rule raises the age a child can swim without an adult from 7 to 8.
"If they're not 8 (years old), they can't come alone," Konvalin said.
Throughout the first day, lifeguards were busy reminding young pool-goers about the pool rules for safe swimming.
"That's part of the job," Town Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider said.
Daily pool admission for open swim is $1 for children and teens under the age of 18 and $1.50 for adults.
Youngsters heading out for a day at the pool usually pocket a few extra coins to buy snacks at the pool concession stand, which is operated by the Town Parks and Recreation Department.
The pool is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily for open swim.
The summer season kicks off in earnest June 5, with swimming lessons, swim team practices, adult aerobics and more.
According to Pool Manager Jim Quinlan, adult aerobics which draws many seniors is one of the most popular offerings at Taylor.
Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During those hours, attendance at the pool is restricted to class participants. The aerobics instructor has not been named yet.
Aerobics classes are an excellent physical-conditioning exercise, Quinlan said, and because all of the activities are performed in the water, they're low-impact.
Swim lessons will be given in four sessions June 5 to 16, June 19 to 30, July 10 to 21 and July 24 to Aug. 4.
Registration for the first session ends June 2. All subsequent registration deadlines are 5 p.m. the Friday before the session's start date.
Quinlan suggests that parents register their children early because class sizes are limited. Registration is $15 per person, per session.
The Payson Pikes swim team will practice each weekday morning under the tutelage of coach Dani Hatch. Meets are traditionally contested on Saturday mornings. Registration, which is $40 per swimmer, is due June 2.
Included in the fee is a team T-shirt, a minimum of four swim meets and a party at the conclusion of the season.
Registration for any aquatic offerings at Taylor Pool can be completed at the Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 7.