Pool to open for summer May 26

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

3 swimming lesson sessions to be offered

The Cassville Aquatic Center is scheduled to open for the summer on May 26, and it will be offering families not only a chance to cool off, but a variety of great activities to enjoy.

Hours will be Sundays through Fridays from 1-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 1-8 p.m.

Cost to swim will be $5 per person entering the park, and children 2 years and under are free. Entry is free for YMCA members.

Seasonal swim passes may be purchased for $200 per family or $85 per individual.

A number of special events have been scheduled throughout the swimming season.

Family Swim

• Saturdays from 6-8 p.m., $5 per family.

Free Swim Days

(Courtesy of the city of Cassville)

• June 2 and July 4

Splash Day

• June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Will include games, free snow cones, swim level assessments safety around water, information and activities.

Swimming lessons

Beginning June 5, the aquatic center will offer group swim lessons, "Confidence With Every Stroke," for children ages 3 to 12, with three session dates to choose from.

Details are as follows:

• June 5-15, Monday through Thursday for a two-week period, from 6-6:30 p.m.

• June 19-29, Monday through Thursday for two-week period, from 6-6:30 p.m., or noon.

• July 10 - 20, Monday through Thursday for a two-week period, from 6-6:30 p.m., or noon.

Children will learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills will be age-appropriate in a 30-minute class-format for children ages 3-5, and ages 6-12.

Three sessions are now being offered to give parents ample opportunity to enroll their child in lessons.

"We've done three sessions in the past," said Rick Ragsdale, Cassville YMCA program director. "Last year was the first year we offered two, and this year, we are going back to three."

Costs are $25 for those with a YMCA family membership, or for non-members, a tiered pick-what-you-pay pricing is available for $70 (Tier A) or $55 (Tier B). Financial need pricing is $27 (for children on free or reduced school lunch).

"We don't want anyone not to participate because they can't pay," Ragsdale said.

Basically, the tiered pricing provides an option for those who are non-members to pay $70, the actual cost for the swim lessons, or a $55, no-questions-asked, rate, as $70 may be considered expensive for the area, Ragsdale said.

Aquasize Water Aerobics

• Beginning June 5, four two-week sessions will be offered throughout the summer. Classes are Monday through Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., and 6 - p.m.

Cost is free for YMCA members and $25 per session for non-members.

Registration is now open for classes. Forms may be picked up and completed at the Cassville YMCA, or online at www.orymca.org/cassville.

Cassville YMCA Center Executive Dove Haney invites families to utilize the pool this summer, get signed up for classes, and take advantage of all it has to offer.

"The City of Cassville has been working hard to keep the aquatic park in top condition," she said. "We are so blessed as a community to have such a facility, and we are very excited for the 2017 season."

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