• September 20, 2014

Families make a splash during Dive-In at Carl Levin Park pool

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 4:30 am

Summer isn’t a season, it’s a feeling, and more than 200 people felt like romping in the cool water at the Carl Levin Park outdoor pool Saturday night.

Pals Patrick McKenna, 11, and Adam Smith, 13, tried to out-splash each other with pool-side dives, drenching bystanders in their wake.

McKenna took the kayak class at the pool last month, and he was eager to return for his first pool party.

“It’s pretty fun and I’m getting better at learning how to swim too,” he said.

It was the second of three family dive-ins hosted the by Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department. A huge crowd-pleaser, the family dive-in was purposely scheduled at the end of the Carl Levin Fun Day to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month in July.

“Everyone’s still energized from the day, so now they can unwind, relax and watch a movie and enjoy the pool,” said Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist.

One of the biggest attractions that drew an over-flowing crowd was the low fee of $2 to $3 for residents, that included watching “The Lego Movie,” under the stars, and free snacks.

“The concept is amazing and $10 for an evening of entertainment for my family of four can’t be beat,” Kim Cheatwood said.

First-time dive-in visitor Monica Crocker was thankful she got a lot of fun for her money as she watched her grandsons swim nearby.

“I think it’s a great way to enjoy a good movie with the family for a cheap rate,” she said.

Water from the mushroom-shaped shower in the kiddie pool flowed over children swinging in pink and blue noodles.

Toddlers wore equally colorful flotation armbands and danced in the water.

Six lifeguards positioned around the pool watched the huge crowd and blew their whistles to stop unsafe behavior a few times.

“We have a lot of lifeguards out here to watch that everyone has a good time and stays safe,” said Anna Karcher, a lifeguard.

A breeze blew across the pool as the sun started to set and people put chairs in a circle around the screen ready for the movie.

Sandy Smith and her son, James, 8, come to the pool often but it was their first dive-in.

“We’re a close-knit community and it gives everyone a chance to meet new people and get involved, too,” Smith said.

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