Due to a lack of qualified lifeguards and the resignation of longtime Taylor Pool manager Jim Quinlan, the popular local swimming spot did not open May 24 as originally scheduled.
The pool will open for the summer season tomorrow (Saturday) under the guidance of newly appointed manager Cassie Bradford.
Quinlan opted not to return to his summer position and instead teach summer classes at the local college. Quinlan, also an English teacher at Payson High School, had served as the Taylor Pool manager since 1985 and was the founder and former coach of the Payson Pikes swim team.
Joining Bradford at Taylor Pool will be head lifeguard Austin White and a crew of certified lifeguards.
Bradford and White are no strangers to the pool scene having worked at Taylor for several summers.
The ever-popular open recreation swim sessions will be daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until Taylor closes Aug. 17.
Daily entry fee is $1.50 for both youngsters and adults. Daily pool passes, in groups of 10 at a discounted rate, may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park.
Also on the busy Taylor Pool weekday agenda this summer will be adult lap swims (5:30 a.m. to 6:25 a.m.), swim team practices (6:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. and the highly popular adult aqua aerobics (9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m and 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m.).
The aerobics sessions are open to adults 18-years-and-over throughout the summer. The cost is $40 per summer. Daily passes are available for $3
Swim lessons will be taught in four sessions. The first will be held June 2 to 13. Others are slated for June 16 to 27, June 30 to July 11 and July 14 to July 25.
Lessons are taught from 10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Except for the parent and tot swim program, children must be at least 4 years old to participate.
Registration, at $20 per session, may be completed at the P&R office.
The newly instituted family nights -- from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday, from July 17 to Aug. 14 --lso are expected to be popular offerings at the pool. Admission is $1 per family member.
Taylor will host teen nights, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning June 10 and continuing until July 22. Each night will feature a different theme, and there will be games and prizes. A well-stocked concession stand and piped-in music will add to the festive atmosphere.
Other highlights of the summer swim season at Taylor Pool include synchronized swimming instruction, private pool rentals and the Discover Scuba and Bubble Makers programs. Both of the scuba programs -- taught by certified instructor Mike Wick -- are limited to eight students each and are filling up fast.
For more information on any Taylor Pool offerings, call Payson Parks and Recreation at 474-5242, ext. 7.