Beginning June 5, the city of Tahlequah and Tahlequatics will offer set dates and times for Adult Open Swim as a trial run for the 2019 swimming season.
"We've had several people ask over the years for an 'adult swimmers only' option, and this year we're going to offer it on a limited basis just to see how it goes," said Jami Murphy, public relations specialist. "It would be a good opportunity for those not interested in swimming during regular business hours with the general public."
After discussion with several people within the Parks and Recreation department, including its director Charles Poteet, Recreation Coordinator Heather Torrento, and Events and Facilities coordinator Kristin Berry, along with City Administrator Edward Carr, the decision came quickly in an effort to offer another option for swimming to the public.
"There will be specific days and times this trial run can be used, but this will be a great chance to see if there really is an interest in adult swimming separate from general admission," Murphy said.
The city will offer an Adult Open Swim punch pass, similar to the one for general admission. It will feature 18 punches for $35.
"We're going to offer this during the time we're already open for swim lessons. So one area of the pool will have swim lessons going on and the larger pool area, including the diving boards, will be sectioned off for adult open swim," Murphy said.
Dates for adult open swim are June 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, and July 10-12 and 17-19, 9-11:45 a.m.
"General admission begins at noon, so those taking part in Adult Open Swim must leave before then. The passes, if purchased, cannot be used for general admission," said Murphy. "However, if you're not interested in a pass, you can pay the daily fee of $5 just as you would normally."
The city administration is hopeful that this opportunity will determine whether it's feasible to offer Adult Open Swim next year and perhaps even develop more options in the future.
"We're always looking at what more we can do for our residents," Murphy said. "This is one of those things. We're always open to suggestions and we do our best to make those happen if we can."
Passes for the Adult Open Swim are available for purchase at Tahlequatics during its regular business hours. The pool is in the Anthis-Brennan Sports Complex, and features a beach entry especially made for young children with a small slide for ages 2-4. In addition, there are two large slides for swimmers taller than 48 inches, two diving boards, a concession stand with cold beverages and snacks, and shaded pavilions available for rental as well as rest areas.
General admission hours for Tahlequatics are noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The facility is closed Monday and Tuesday for maintenance.
Admission costs are $5 for ages 4 and up, and general admission seasonal passes are available for $85. Children aged 3 or younger get in free.
The facility also offers swimming lessons each summer beginning in June through July for $45 per student. There are plans for other swim activities in the works as well. Those interested in lessons can sign up at https://secure.rec1.com/OK/tahlequah-ok/catalog under the activities tab.
The city's splash pad on Water Avenue is free for people to use 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information about Tahlequatics and the splash pad, visit www.cityoftahlequah.com, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 918-456-0651 ext. 1601.