City pool opens on Memorial Day for summer season

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By Calen McKinney



It's predicted to be a hot summer. And he hopes that means lots of residents will choose to cool off at the pool.

Campbellsville's city pool opens today, Memorial Day, for its summer season.

The pool will be open through Aug. 3 and also Saturday, Aug. 9. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Admission is $4 per person. Anyone wearing a bathing suit must pay admission.

For those who believe they will visit the pool on many occasions this summer, pool passes are $50 for an individual, $90 for two people, $120 for three and $150 for a family of four or more people.

Pool manager Steve Doss said the $4 admission fee is a $1 increase to the $3 fee that had been set for more than 20 years.

"We're just looking at the bottom line," he said. "And it's still the best deal in town."

Even at $4, Doss said, he believes six hours of swimming is a good deal.

Last summer was pretty mild, he said, which hurt attendance a bit. But this year, he said, it's predicted to be a hot summer.

"We're due for some hot weather," he said. "That weather especially is good for business."

The pool's peak year was three years ago, Doss said. Last summer's revenue dipped a bit, he said, but he is hoping that will change. Some days last year saw more than 250 people at the pool. Other days there were about 10.

"I think we're due for a really good year," he said.

And he said he hopes the extra $1 entry fee won't impact that.

Times have been tough, Doss said, and some communities have been forced to close their pool. That hasn't happened here.

"It's a great service for the community," he said.

Those coming to the pool aren't allowed to bring coolers inside the gates. And Doss said no outside food is allowed. Concessions are available at the pool.

Sunscreen is also on-hand at the pool for those who forget to bring some. Doss said he recommends people wear at least a 30 SPF sunscreen.

"Fifteen is good, but people really need 30 or higher."

Doss said he wears 50 SPF, because he is often outdoors all day.

Wearing hats is also good, Doss said, and his lifeguards sit under umbrellas, for comfort and protection from the sun's rays.

When eating before going swimming, Doss said, it's important that swimmers wait for a bit to allow their food some time to digest. A good rule of thumb is to wait 30 minutes, he said.

"That's probably good for some people," he said. "At least wait before you get in the water. Just exercise caution."

Some people digest faster than others, so Doss said there really is no strict rule when it comes to how long people should wait.

If rain or storms are in the forecast, Doss said, he might consider delaying the pool's opening until 1 p.m. But if at 1 p.m. the weather hasn't improved, he will close it for the day. The overhead cost doesn't justify keeping the pool open, he said, when there aren't many people there and it won't be open the entire day.

A new chemical controller was installed at the pool last Tuesday, Doss said, which will help regulate chlorine and pH levels. The previous controller, he said, was more than 10 years old and needed to be replaced.

The new equipment will make better use of the chemicals, which Doss says are one of the biggest expenses at the pool. Using them more efficiently, he said, will mean less waste.

Doss has a lineup of 27 lifeguards at the pool. Anytime the pool is open, he said, there are seven on duty.

"And I hand-picked them," he said.

Lifeguards work an hour and then sit in the shade for a half hour, Doss said, so they don't get too hot.

Campbellsville's pool might be about 32 years old, Doss said, but it's running well. It might have a few leaks, he said, but repairs have been made to improve the pool's condition.

"Ours is still going pretty strong," he said. "I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy it."

Pool Parties

Those who want to the reserve the pool for a party might be out of luck. Doss said there are very few dates left in June. He said he usually starts receiving calls to reserve the pool in February or March.

"They better be calling now," he said.

Parties can be reserved for dates beginning Monday, June 16, through Saturday, Aug. 9. No parties can be booked for June 13-15 because of a swim meet.

Cost to reserve the pool is $120 for parties of 50 or fewer people. Larger groups should call for pricing.

Parties are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Swim Lessons

For those wanting to learn how to swim, classes will again be offered this year.

A two-week session will begin Monday, June 2, and last through Friday, June 13. All classes are taught in 30-minute sessions. The second session of classes will begin Monday, June 16, and end Friday, June 27. There are no swim lessons taught in July.

Morning classes are from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Classes cost $70 per swimmer. Siblings will receive a $10 discount.

Those wanting to book a party at the pool or sign up for swim lessons can call Doss at (270) 789-2008 or (270) 403-4164.

Staying Safe in the Sun

• When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.

• Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

• Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming, heavily sweating or drying off with a towel.

• Wear a hat with a 4-inch brim all around it to protect areas often exposed to the sun such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp.

• Wear clothing to protect as much of the skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and long skirts are the most protective.

• To protect the eyes from sun damage, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

• Consider wearing cosmetics and lip protectors with an SPF of at least 15 to protect the skin year-round.

• Swimmers should remember to regularly reapply sunscreen. UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation.

• Some medications, such as antibiotics, can increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun. Ask a doctor or pharmacist for more information.

• Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly.

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