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May 26, 2010

Aquatics Center to open Saturday

Woodward, Okla. — The Crystal Beach Aquatics Center will open for its first full season Saturday at noon.

Woodward Sports and Recreation Director Bryan White said workers are busy prepping the water park this week.

“They’re putting new benches inside the dressing rooms and doing little touch ups here and there,” White said.

Also this week, he said workers are scheduled to install latches on the new lockers that are now “all in” at the water park.

Although the bright red lockers have been in place for a while, White said for some reason “the latches weren’t shipped with the lockers, I guess they were on back order.  But they’re supposed to be in this week.”

Besides the new benches and lockers, White noted, “other than that it will business as usual with the exception of Ken Vassar providing concessions.”

He was referring to the Woodward City Commission’s recent decision to go with local Dairy Queen owner Vassar to provide refreshments at the aquatics center this summer rather than return to “The Soda Jerk,” which ran the concessions last year.

White said the hours will remain the same this summer, with the water park being open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

He also said “it will be the same as far as prices.”

But there is discussion about selecting a discount day, White said, noting “we’ll probably do one day a week where from 6 to 9 (p.m.) admission will be half-price.”  However, no decision as to which day has been made yet, he said.

In addition to general water park fun, the public will also have the opportunity to participate in some water aerobics and swim classes being offered by the American Red Cross at the aquatics center this summer.

Mary Ann White, executive director of the Northwest Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross, said group swim lessons will be offered at 3 different levels this June.

“Level 1 tests whether they can put their face in the water and go underneath the water, it’s basically for beginners,” she said.  “Level 2 will teach them different swim strokes and Level 3 teaches more advanced strokes.”

“All they need to do is come and enroll and we’ll put them in whatever level they need to be in,” she said.

The approximately 45-minute swim classes will be held “in the mornings before the pool is open,” Mary Ann White said, noting the classes are offered as part of a 2-week course that will run Monday through Friday from June 7 to June 18.

Enrollment for the group swim lessons will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2 and June 3 at the Red Cross Building at 9th Street and Texas Avenue.  Class size will be limited.

Enrollment for the water aerobics classes will also start next week on June 1, Mary Ann White said, but added that the classes “will not start until July.”

Both a beginners and an advance class will be offered over a 6-week period from July 13 through Aug. 19, she said.  The classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the beginners class starting at 5:30 p.m. and the advanced class at 6:30 p.m.

Call the Red Cross office at (580) 256-3828 for more information about any of the swimming or water aerobics classes, as well as for information about the opportunity for private swimming lessons.

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