When it’s 100 degrees outside, there is nothing is better than doing a cannonball into a refreshingly cool swimming pool.
The city is hoping to offer that opportunity to everyone today, Saturday and Sunday when they extend the hours at Blakely Pool and waive admission fees.
The city’s only outdoor community pool is located at Stockton and Poplar streets across from Pacific Coast Producers.
The city is offering free admission to help residents cool off in the hot weather, said Jeff Hood, interim Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director.
“We certainly want people to feel that it will help them stay cool, and get kids some exercise on a hot day. It should be a fun time,” Hood said.
The pool will be open for the first time this year today to celebrate the start of school, Hood said. Kids can take a break and swim on their way home.
“We hope people will take advantage of the opportunity and beat the heat,” he said.
High temperatures will hit 102 degrees until at least Sunday, and will likely continue into next week, according to Mike Pigott, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.
The city usually charges a $1.50 fee, so waiving the fee for a weekend will not hurt the city’s coffers, Hood said. Another goal is that more people will find out about the community pool.
“It should be a fun time out there,” Hood said. “It will introduce people to the pool who have never been out there or haven’t been out there in a while.”
The city will open the pool from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The city usually has the pool open from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
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