Boy, it's hot: Families and kids hit the pools to beat the heat
- Two-year-old Layla Anderson swims with her water wings on as mom Ashley Anderson watches close by in the adult area of Mil’Lympic Pool. (Gazette photograph by Becky Brooks)
By Becky Brooks
and Michael Carter
With the extreme heat over the past several days, city pools in Bellevue and Clyde have reaped the benefits although Friday was a bit slow locally.
Mil’Lympic Pool Manager Jennifer Nolan said the heat Friday may have just have been too hot for patrons.
“It’s been a good year for the pool,” Nolan said early Friday afternoon during a youth pool break.
She said so far this summer attendance has been up. “It’s been pretty good the past couple weeks,” she added. “We were really up the Fourth of July.”
Clyde’s Aquatic Center also has seen a busy summer.
“We usually average around 100 or so on a good day,” said Clyde pool assistant manager Deb Newsom.
“However, with the heat, we can see a lot more.”
The temperature on Friday afternoon was reportedly 99 degrees, although at the Mil’Lympic Pool it was even hotter due to the concrete and reflected heat.
At the pool, a mom, Ashley Anderson of Bellevue, had her two-year-old Layla in the baby pool and then the adult pool too. “I come every day I can with her.”
Another mom in the pool, Toni Corrado, of Belleuve, said she and her daughter also were trying to beat the heat. “We come every chance we get,” Corrado said.
The Mil’Lympic Pool is open Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 7 p.m.; Fridays 12:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12:30 to 5 p.m.
A one day pass costs $4, but children under age 2 are free.
The Clyde Aquatic Center is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. for open swim. The the pool is open 6 to 8 p.m. each night for family swim. On Saturday and Sunday, however, the pool is open noon until 7 p.m. with no designated family hours.
“One of our best features is our zero depth entry end of our pool,” Newsom said. “Our parents love that for the smaller kids and babies and our older members love it as well,” she added.
The Clyde pool is open to the public for a cost of $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Veterans, senior citizens and children under 48 inches tall are always only $2.