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Oxford Park Commission gears up for pool opening

While Memorial Day is the nation’s official kick-off for summer, in Oxford, it’s when the City Pool opens for the season.

The City Pool will open its doors for the first time this year at 1 p.m. on May 27. For 39 years, the pool has helped keep residents cool and provided swimming lessons to thousands of area children.

The pool will be open 1 to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. On Sundays until June 28 when the pool will be closed during the weekend and open only on weekends until Labor Day.

There will be family nights on June 13 and 27, July 6 and 18 where the pool will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The price to enter the pool is $3 for all children and adults. Senior citizens over 55 are free.

Thanks to a private donation and a golf fundraiser earlier this year, free swimming lessons will be offered again this summer. There will be four weekly sessions. Registration for each session takes place a week prior to the session. The first session begins May 30. Lesson times are 10 a.m. Or 6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and are 30 minutes long.

New this year will be an adult swimming class from June 26-30 for adults who never learned how to swim or want to improve their swimming skills.

“We will see how many people we get for this first adult class and maybe have more next year,” said OPC Assistant Director Bubba Robinson.

Individual and family memberships are available.

Changing rooms, showers and restrooms are available.

There are 2,000 jobs in Oxford currently in the travel and tourism industry, up 200 jobs from Fiscal Year 2015.

“We’re proud to know our office is helping to generate these funds,” Ferris said.

Capital investments in Oxford were almost $22 million in 2016, up nearly 5.2 million in 2015. Investment figures are based on new hotel construction, renovation of current hotels, restaurants and retail stores.

The hotel/motel tax brought in $450,993 in 2016 and the 2 percent food and beverage tax brought in $2,939,736, up 14 percent from 2015.