Swimming through summer

Spending summer afternoons at the swimming pool is seemingly a staple of most everyone’s youth. In Minot, the Roosevelt Park Pool has been and continues to be the place for kids and families to spend time at and cool off on hot, sunny days.

“It has been a good season so far,” said Connie Feist, commissioner on the Minot Park Board. The pool has been at capacity a few times this summer as well, she added, as a lot of kids and families have visited the pool and enjoy spending time there. “People are appreciating having (the pool) this summer,” Feist said. Roosevelt Park Pool was closed for most of the summer of 2011 and for the 2012 summer season due to the damages sustained from the 2011 Souris River flood.

There have been no major catastrophes this season, Feist said, although anything disastrous would have to rise to the medium to high category before the Minot Park Board would learn of it. “The pool is adequately staffed and the lifeguards are well trained,” she added.

The goal for the Roosevelt Park Pool this summer, Feist continued, is to stay open until the end of August. “August can be the hottest month of the summer,” she added. There may be limited hours toward the end of the month due to staffing and school starting, but the pool is scheduled to stay open until the end of the month.

“The pool is the only outdoor swimming pool in the entire city,” Feist said. Between the pool and the splash pad at Oak Park, the facilities are used a lot, she added.

There haven’t been too many days that Roosevelt Park Pool has had to close this summer, Feist said, but usually closures happen if lightning is spotted. That has been infrequent this season, Feist said. As soon as lightning is spotted within a certain radius, then they have to close the pool, she added. “It’s a fairly large radius.”

Local swim clubs have also been using Roosevelt Park Pool this summer and have said the pool is a good facility and in excellent condition, said Feist. Also, the tennis courts at Roosevelt Park and Hammond Park are being redone this summer, she added, and there will also be a special event at Roosevelt Park Pool later this month. The special event has not been announced yet, but will be shortly.

Roosevelt Park Pool is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the daily fee valid for both sessions. The pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $4 per person and includes the pool, kiddy pool and waterslide.