Taylor Pool Opens, Ushering In Summer

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A trio of lifeguards who learned to swim, earned their lifesaving credentials and were members of the swim team at Taylor Pool will manage the popular summer respite this season.

Austin White, Mandy Randall and Melanie McLaws replace Brandyce Engler who managed Taylor last summer. Engler is now a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma.

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Though summer doesn't begin until June 21 on the calendar, the opening of Taylor Pool marks the beginning of the summer season for Payson.

The three new managers, all Payson High School graduates, were on hand when the pool opened for the 2006 summer season May 27 with afternoon open swimming. Although Memorial Day weekend temperatures were rather cool in the Rim Country, plenty of water revelers turned out.

"We had a good crowd the first day and it tapered off a little bit the second," White said. During the first few days open swimming was the only aquatic choice. A full schedule of activities began May 30 and will continue until the pool closes July 25.

The schedule includes swim team practices and meets, adult fitness hours, swim lessons and teen nights.

The early morning (5:30 a.m.) lap swim will not be offered this year.

"The numbers were just not there," said Payson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Bill Schwind.

Those interested in lap swimming may now do it during the fitness hour from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays.

Also during that time, Susan Hall is teaching an adult water aerobics class.

A second fitness hour will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. The fitness sessions are for those 18 years and older. The fitness hour fee is $50 for the full season -- $25 after June 25.

Swim team practices, open to swimmers 7 to 18 years old, are held from 6:30 to 8:25 a.m. weekdays.

Wendy Ward will coach the team with assistance from some lifeguards and swim instructors. A meet schedule will be released early next week. This season, a crew of 14 certified lifeguards are available to ensure public safety at the pool. Daily admission is $2.

Call (928) 474-2774.

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