Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

The Laurel swimming pool is now open for the season


LAUREL —  Opening day for the Laurel swimming pool, May 26, didn’t exactly go as planned, but that didn’t keep local kids from enjoying themselves.

The pool opened right on schedule at 1 p.m., Monday, but closed approximately 15 minutes later because of stormy weather.

Thunder could be heard and lightning was seen as the pool was being closed down, according to Pool Manager Brittney Wolfgram.

“We pulled the kids out of the pool. It was hard for them. They could hardly stay out of the water,” Wolfgram said. “There were already a couple of girls waiting at the pool when we opened back up around 3:30 p.m.”

The pool was closed from 5-6 p.m.  for supper break and then opened back up from 6-8:30 pm.

Wolfgram said the first day brought out a good crowd, despite the weather.

“We had a large group – it was mostly kids – in the evening,” Wolfgram said.

The Laurel pool is open everyday of the week Monday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Evening hours are 6-8:30 pm.

Swimming lessons at the pool will be held June 16-27 and July 7-18.

Sign-up for swimming lessons was held April 29 and May 1.

There is still time to sign up for some classes but several of the classes are already full according to Star Smith who is in charge of the swimming lessons.

“We have between 75-100 students each year,” Smith said.

American Red Cross, Learn to Swim – levels one thru six – will be offered.

Classes are available for pre-school through youth.

“We will also be doing water exercises three times a week,” Smith said.

Swimming Instructor Star Smith, along with instructor assistants Narelle Naeve, Michaela Nitz, Bobbi Lanser and Brittney Wolfgram, will be teaching swimming lessons at the pool this year.

Wolfgram, is the Pool Manager and Naeve will be the Assistant Manager.

Cleaning and some repair work were completed earlier this year at the pool, according to Laurel City Administration Mark McCoy.

The pool has been cleaned and a few tiles have been replaced. The wind blew some shingles off the west side of the bathhouse and the shingles have been replaced.

“Everything looks to be in good shape,” McCoy said.