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Lexington pool season includes anticipation for next summer

Lexington City government
Early rendering of Douglas Park Pool Project

This early part of summer in central Kentucky hasn’t featured a high number of pool-friendly days. But that could change quickly.

All five of Lexington’s primary pools, Shillito, Southland, Tates Creek, Castlewood, and Woodland are open for swimmers and divers. And work is underway to convert Douglas Park pool into the city’s next aquatic center. Parks and Recreation Aquatics Director Zach Martin said pool fees are $7 dollars for adults, $5 for kids, up a dollar from last year.

“We hadn’t raised prices in four or five or six-seven years maybe. So, we had to increase the life guarding pay and all of our employees’ pay, so we needed to raise it up a little,” said Martin.

Martin said the call continues to go out for more lifeguards, but staffing is not affecting pool hours at this time.

Work is just beginning on a major transformation at Douglas Park Pool. Zach Martin noted Douglas Pool will have one of the biggest water slides in Lexington. Martin added it will have a lap-lane section.

“We’ll have a little swimming lesson area and then we’re gonna have a zero-depth entry which is different than before. And then it’s called a water bubble. It’s kind of a kid water feature there and then they’ll still have a splash pad attached to it,” said Martin.

Martin said the goal is to have Douglas Pool ready for swimmers next summer.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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