Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation opened one of its three city pools a week early after seeing high demand and getting more requests for swimming during the season’s first two weekends.
“We did rain out our first day (Memorial Day weekend), but we did reopen on Sunday,” said Mark Willingham, with parks and recreation. “We had about 260 people that weekend.”
The daily attendance numbers are close to average for this time of year, but several people requested the pool be opened throughout the week. So the city opened City Park pool early for daily swimming, Willingham said.
“Normally, we only open until school lets out,” he said. “We don’t get all our (life)guards all day long until then. We have high school guards, and we have college guards.”
South Park pool will open daily starting Monday, but Turkey Creek Pool at the Hills of Cove Golf Course won’t open until later this summer.
Turkey Creek Pool is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city needs to purchase equipment to be in compliance, and that purchase could take until mid- to late July.
The golf course location saw an average of 60 swimmers per week last year. City Park and South Park averaged about 100 to 150 people per day during weekdays and between 200 and 250 on the weekends.
Other water activities offered this summer include swimming lessons for people of various skill levels, water aerobics and Aqua Zumba.
“All the aerobic classes are great for anyone who has a lower body impairment,” Willingham said. “All water aerobics are low impact. It really helps those who have bad knees or joints. Anytime you are in the water you can get more of your muscles involved.”
The pools see an influx of teens and children during open swim times, but the city welcomes families on Family Fun Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“(Family Fun Nights) are for our family atmosphere nights,” Willingham said. “They are later in the day, so you can get in the pool with the whole family. Some people don’t like going to the pool when it is 100 degrees outside, and this gives them an option to hit the pools.”
As summer progresses, the number of residents using the pools will increase as it gets hotter.
“The better the weather, usually, the better the pools do,” Willingham said.