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Outdoor pool opens Saturday
Weekends only through May 28
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Ronnie Coleman vacuums the outdoor pool area at the Cumming Aquatic Center in preparation for opening day Saturday. - photo by Autumn Vetter

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The Cumming Aquatic Center’s outdoor leisure pool will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be open weekends only through Memorial Day and then daily through Aug. 8. For complete scheduling and price information, visit www.crpdonline.org.

It’s time to get those swimsuits out of the closet.

The Cumming Aquatic Center will open its outdoor leisure pool for weekends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

It will be open weekends only through Memorial Day and then daily through Aug. 8.

Carla Wilson, the center’s director, said staff members have been busy for a while preparing for the opening.

“It’s a bit of a process because you winterize pools over the time when it’s colder outside, so we started preparing probably about two months ago with maintenance in the outside area,” she said.

More recently, she said, staffers have begun such tasks as vacuuming the pool, pressure-washing the deck areas, setting up the first aid station and putting out lifeguard stands.

“It’ll be exciting when we actually open the doors and get to see people in the outdoor pool again,” Wilson said.

The center, which besides the 120,000-gallon outdoor pool also boosts a 50-meter competition pool and a physical therapy pool inside, debuted last June.

On its opening day, the center drew more than 2,100 people. Wilson said those numbers eventually dropped off, but on peak days it still drew as many as 1,000 people.

“It’s weather-dependent,” Wilson said. “But on nice days we had between 400 and 500 people per session last year.”

Monday through Saturday, the pool will again be open for two sessions, each requiring a separate admission fee.

Session times are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. While on Sunday, the pool offers just one session from 1 to 6 p.m.

Daily admission per session is $4 for children ages 2 to 17 and adults 60 and older, $5 for adults 18 to 59, and children younger than 2 are admitted for free.

Thirty-, 60- and 90-day passes are also available, as well as annual and family passes.

Wilson said the outdoor pool — which offers a 156-foot water slide, splash play area and lazy river — will be constantly staffed by seven lifeguards.

A new addition to the area this year, Wilson said, will be concessions sold by Backyard Burger.

“A lot of people really wanted concessions last year, so we’re happy to offer that this year,” she said.

Large coolers, alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited, and children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children younger than 7 must have an adult with them in the water, and children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers.

Wilson is expecting a positive opening day.

“It’s hard to know what to expect, but I think based on what we had last year and the excitement we’ve already seen this year … we’ll be busy,” she said.