Carl Albert Pool unofficially started the summer with the first day of open swimming. Saturday was Splash Day at the pool and admission was free for the public.
Pool manager Aundrea Boyd said the first day was a success and she talked about the preparations.
“We’ve done a lot of work this year,” Boyd said. “We’ve gotten the slide up and going, and inspected and everything looks good.
“The water is good and we got a new basketball goal up for everybody to play with.”
Boyd said the attendance tally for Saturday was 519 children that got to swim. However, the administration let in only 400 at a time.
“Out capacity is 450,” Boyd said. “It got really crowded and we tried to keep it down where it was safe for everybody.”
Free hot dogs and free water bottles were also given out on Saturday to all who wanted them.
General admission is $3 for those 6-18 years old and $3.50 for 19-54 years old, as posted on site. Seniors who are 55-plus years old can swim for just $1 per session and 5-year-olds and younger get in free.