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City pool to open May 26

In just a little more than two weeks, the Oxford City Pool will open to the public for the summer.

The City Pool will open at 1 p.m. on May 26, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

For 39 years, the pool has helped keep residents cool and provided swimming lessons to thousands of area children.

“The pool is clean, and in good shape, so we should be good to go,” said Aquatics Director Kris Brasher. “Looking forward to getting going on May 26th.”

Pool hours through July 31 will be 1 to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The pool will close Monday through Friday starting Aug. 1 and be open only on the weekends until Labor Day. There will be family nights on June 12 and 28; July 17 and 31 where families (immediate family members) can swim for $10.

The price to enter the pool is $3 for all children and adults. Senior citizens over 55 are free. Individual and family memberships are available for $50 for an individual and $150 for families.

Changing rooms, showers and restrooms are available.

A popular Wibit — a blow-up obstacle course that sits on top of the water – was taken away last summer due to a lack of lifeguards; however, Brasher said it could make a comeback this summer.

Since it looks like we have plenty of guards this year, we should be able to put the Wibit back in the pool this year,” Brasher said. “That should make the kiddos happy for sure.”

Free swimming lessons will be offered again this summer. There will be four weekly sessions. Registration for each session takes place a week before the session. The first session begins on June 4. Sessions are held at 10 a.m. or 6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday.

All swimmers must wear a bathing suit; however, T-shirts can be worn over a bathing suit.

Children can only wear floaties that are approved by the Corps of Engineers, which should be indicated on the package. Noodles and other blow-up floats are not allowed.

We will have life jackets that can be used that were provided by the Corps of Engineers,” Brasher said. “Puddle Jumper life jackets for children are OK.”

One rule that Robinson and his staff have been cracking down on in the last couple of years is the requirement that everyone who goes into the pool wears a bathing suit.

“No shorts and tank tops,” he said. “You can wear a T-shirt over your bathing suit, however.”

For more information, reserve the pool for private functions or register for free swimming lessons, visit www.oxfordparkcommission.com or call 662-232-2380.