CINCINNATI - Talk of closing city pools to ease Cincinnati's budget woes isn't stopping the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) from celebrating the opening of two renovated locations Saturday.
"For this summer we have agreed that all of our city pools will be open this summer, the season of 2013," said Aquatics Director Jincey Yemaya. "The budget cuts that could possibly happen may effect the opening of pools in 2014."
CRC is inviting residents to take the Big Dip on Saturday at the pools in Northside and Pleasant Ridge. Opening day events are happening at:
- McKie Pool, 1655 Chase Ave., at 11:30 a.m.
- Pleasant Ridge Pool, 5915 Ridge Ave., at 1 p.m.
"Last year McKie was closed so we are really thankful for it being open for this season," Yemaya said. "And Pleasant Ridge Pool was actually open last year; they started renovating immediately when the pool closed in August."
Renovations Mean Both Pools Will Be User-Friendly
Handicap accessible features and spray grounds are among new additions.
Spray grounds are playgrounds with water features but no freestanding water. They will have longer hours than the pools.
"There are some spray features, some dump features. So that people can beat the heat," Yemaya said. "Unfortunately people can't swim at those, so they need to come to our pools."
26 Places To Make A Splash
People wanting to use the CRC pools have 26 options to choose from this summer, including 12 that will have Sunday hours. You can find a list of those 26 pools below.
- MORE: CRC pool hours http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/recreation/linkservid/AF1CC773-6D00-44D0-B9B74E68AFEFE905/showMeta/0/
Memorial Day weekend brings the opening of Otto Armleder Memorial Regional Aquatic Center at Dunham Recreation Complex in Westwood, in addition to McKie and Pleasant Ridge. All other pools open June 3.
The All-CRC (city-wide) pool membership allows you to enjoy programs at 25 of the 26 CRC pools. A separate membership is required Otto Armleder. You can buy passes at www.cincyrec.org or at pool locations.
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