Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 26, 2013

Prime pool time

Area swimming holes open for new season of fun

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — With predictions of a summer that’s hotter than normal, pools are the logical places to be.

This weekend, many local pools will open for the season. Here’s a guide to finding them.

Ashland

The city of Ashland can boast a large, beautiful pool with an 8-foot water tube/slide in a lovely park setting with two playgrounds, concessions and basektball court.

The L-shaped pool in Dawson Park, which holds 187,000 gallons of water, opened Saturday. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Parking is available behind Ashland Town Center at Sixth Street and Central Avenue.

Lifeguards are on duty at the Olympic-size pool and concessions are sold. At the end of the year last summer, the pool participated in the Dock Dogs program. Other special events are in the works.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

However, season passes are available at $55 for a family of four, $40 for adults and $30 for students. Last year, more than 300 memberships were sold.

For more information, call (606) 327-2046 or visit the pool’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ashlandcitypool-dawsonpark or visit the city’s website at ashlandky.gov.

Greenup County

Flatwoods City Pool, at 725 Park St., sits in a residential area of town. It opened Saturday and will close Aug. 11, according to Mayor Bobby Crager.

Manager Sweetie Lowery said the pool will offer the nationally accredited Swim American swim lessons from June 3 through August as well as Mommy and Me swim lessons on Saturday.

 The pool area includes a basketball court, volleyball, tennis courts and a park outside the pool. Space for picnics is available and there are barbecue pits and a concession stand with good quality, hot food, Lowery said.

The pool also is available for rent for parties.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children, but there are season passes, too. For a single person, passes are $120; family of two is $140; family of three is $170; family of four is $180; for each additional person past four, there is a charge of $25.

For more information, call (606) 836-9661.

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The pool at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is set to open on Memorial Day, with hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

“The community pool is a wonderful place to bring your family,” Cary Lyle, park director, said. “It’s a very modern facility that kids of all ages love from all across the Tri-State.”

The 4,500-square-foot pool has an 80-foot water slide main pool and a splash pool with play features for children. Lyle said you must be 48 inches tall to use the slide.

He also said he hopes to offer swimming lessons this year.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. There are group rates, too.

The pool also may be rented for parties and catered cookouts are available.

For more information, call (800) 325-0083 or visit parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/go/.

Carter County

The junior Olympic-size pool at Carter Caves State Resort Park has one of the only diving wells in the parks system.

The pool will remain open through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children; seniors are admitted for $3 and children 2 and younger are admitted free. Campers can swim for $2.

Pool parties are available from 7 to 10 p.m. Lifeguards are provided.

The pool permits some small floats.

For more information, call the park at (606) 286-4411.



West Virginia

Opened in 1926, Dreamland Pool will offer visitors a 125-foot-by-250-foot area for swimming, along with a professional grade volleyball court, basketball court and state park.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 for children and seniors and $5 for adults. Discount cards are available: 25 visits for $60; 50 visits for $110 and 75 visits for $150.

For more information, call (304) 453-6288.                           

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.