Taylor Pool Hot Spot To Cool Off This Summer


Elijah (left), Christina and River Perez had a good time playing in the wading pool adjacent to the main swimming pool in Rumsey Park as they whiled away a hot, summer afternoon.

Elijah (left), Christina and River Perez had a good time playing in the wading pool adjacent to the main swimming pool in Rumsey Park as they whiled away a hot, summer afternoon. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Under the leadership of Rachel Ward and the first-year management of EVO Swim School, Taylor Pool is pouring out plenty of cooling summertime activities, including swim lessons, water aerobics, the Payson Pikes swim team and daily open swims.

If, however, there is one glitch in the popular summertime programs, it’s with a swim meet the Pikes were to have tomorrow, June 26, against visiting Camp Verde.

Ward, who is in her third year as pool manager and sixth season as a Taylor lifeguard, says the meet had to be canceled because Camp Verde did not open its public pool this summer due to budget constraints.

“Other than that, everything is going pretty good,” said Ward.

The Pikes’ next meet will be July 10 against Prescott Valley at Taylor Pool. Warm-up is at 9 a.m. and competition begins 30 minutes later.

Ward says she has noticed this summer an unusual occurrence in the open swim sessions, which are held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“Our busiest days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, not the weekends,” Ward said. “In the past, Saturday was our busiest day and that’s the way you think it would be.”

The most popular offerings have been the swim lessons that are offered in 30-minute sessions 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Lacy Pelco gets good height as she springs off the diving board and celebrates her splash into the cool water on a hot day at the start of summer.

Due to the popularity of the lessons, a new session will open soon. Ward and Evo owner Dave Tait tout the lessons as a way to teach children to be safe, independent swimmers. During the sessions, students are also taught the four competitive strokes.

Adult water aerobics has been popular among women, Ward said. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Susan Hall, a veteran teacher for more than a decade, instructs the classes.

A group training for an upcoming triathlon has been using the adult group swim, which is held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as a training tool.

“After they leave here, they go running or biking,” Ward said.

A general lap swim is offered 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

To register, call 1-(928) 539-5009 or log onto info@evoswimschool.com.

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