Dive In To Summer Fun

Taylor Pool opens Saturday, open until September

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Slip on the bathing suit, blow up the orange floaties and smear on the sunblock. With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, Payson's pools are loaded with potential fun.

Taylor Pool at Rumsey Park and the Tonto Apache Tribe pool are open and ready to offer a cool alternative to the summer heat.

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Deb Rose, the new manager of Taylor Pool, said she is ready for summer to begin and expects that the new activities and offerings will be a big hit.

Taylor Pool opens this Saturday to the general public, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Deb Rose, new pool manager at Taylor Pool, said the pool's staff is certified and ready for the summer months. This year, the pool offers many new activities and classes.

About 30 lifeguards, mostly high school and college students, have recently completed a 30-hour training to achieve certification. Their training consists of adult, child and infant CPR, water rescue and first-aid care, Rose said.

"We've got a great group this year," she said. "They're well-trained and ready to go. They're excited."

A new class for babies and toddlers will be offered this summer, which will familiarize the youngsters with water. It is designed for parents and their young children, from 6 months to 3-year-olds.

The pool also has regular swim lessons for various age groups. They offer Introduction to Swimming for 3 to 5-year-olds, Stroke Development for 4- to 7-year-olds and Stroke Improvement lessons for children 7 years old and older.

There is also an Introduction to Beginning Diving for children ages 6 and older and a junior lifeguard class for children ages 9 and older, Rose said.

Children 5 and older interested in joining a summer swim team may expect chilly waters. Practice begins at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Most swim classes are offered in morning hours, usually 9:30 a.m. to noon, before the pool is open to the public, Rose said.

There are, however, new swim classes being offered in the evening hours for "tots and their parents," Rose said. The class hours are extended in hopes of better accommodating working parents.

The pool can be rented hourly for private events with a maximum of 200 people. An event with up to 50 people runs at $60 per hour.

A daily fee for public pool use costs $2 per person, for all ages. A group package can be purchased for $15, which includes 10 pool passes, Rose said.

Rose said she is excited for the new programs and activities this summer.

"My goal this summer is safety, safety, safety, and that everyone has a good time," she said.

Taylor Pool is open to the public Monday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. There may also be a family day each week, when the pool's hours will be extended until 7:30 p.m.

The pool will remain open through Labor Day this year, which falls on Sept. 3. The pool season will be longer than in past years, in order to squeeze all of the possible fun out of the summer, Rose said.

For more information about summer classes and fees for Taylor Pool, contact the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

The Tonto Apache indoor pool at the recreation center is open year-round and offers more extensive hours for public usage.

The pool is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Eric Pendleton, gym director for the Tonto Apache recreation center.

Water aerobic classes are offered weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Otherwise, the pool is open to the public.

Monthly memberships can be purchased for the summer months for $35 for one person, $40 for two people and so on.

The price per person decreases, depending on how many people are signed up for the membership pass.

The daily rate, per person, is $5, Pendleton said.

The recreation center also has a Jacuzzi and two saunas for public use. Jacuzzi users must be at least 7 years old and sauna users at least 15.

For more information about the Tonto Apache pool or recreation center, contact (928) 474-7093.

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