Taylor Pool Opens After Winter 'Facelift'


After 15 years of use, Taylor Pool's opening at 1 p.m. May 27 will be highlighted by several improvements.

"It's getting a facelift," longtime pool manager Jim Quinlan said.

Among the most noticeable upgrades will be a paved parking lot and the re-plastering of the actual pool. Both projects were completed following Taylor's closing last summer.

Quinlan said all improvements will go a long way in making the pool more comfortable for its users.

During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday Taylor is slated to be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for "open swimming."

The facility also will be open the following week May 29 to June 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. for open swimming.

The summer season kicks off in earnest June 5 with swimming lessons, swim team practices, adult aerobics and other programs.

According to Quinlan, adult aerobics draws significant numbers of seniors, making it one of the most popular offerings at Taylor. This season, sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. During those hours, attendance at the pool is restricted to class participants. The aerobics instructor has yet to be named.

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.

Competency levels include water exploration, primary skills, stroke readiness, stroke development, stroke refinement, stroke proficiency and advanced.

Registration is $15 per person, per session. Quinlan recommends parents register their children early since class sizes are limited.

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 ($30 per swimmer) for Pike's team participation will be accepted until June 2.

Registration for any of the aquatic offerings at Taylor Pool can be completed at the Parks and Recreation offices located in Taylor Park. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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