The sunny and breezy days of spring will soon be met by the sweltering heat of summer, leaving area residence looking for ways to cool off.
Swimming is always a popular option and Colusa County has four public swimming pools for residents to enjoy throughout the county.
Community pools located in Arbuckle, Williams, Colusa and Maxwell will all be opening their doors this month to provide some much needed relief from the summer heat.
The Williams Community Pool opened on Saturday and will be offering members of the community free admission to the city pool this summer as well as a variety of swim lessons for all ages.
Available lessons include Beginner, Intermediate and Mommy and Me sessions.
The cost to register for swim lessons is $30 per swimmer and all registration forms must be submitted by June 3.
The first session of swim lessons will begin June 10-14 and the second session of lessons will begin June 17-21.
This facility is open seven days a week. Monday though Friday the pool is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday the pool is open 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“Swimming offers individuals of all fitness and ability levels an opportunity to be outdoors and safely engage in low-impact exercise,” said Kate Dunlap, Parks and Recreation director for the city of Williams. “The Williams Community Pool provides community members a safe place to exercise and socialize- all while taking a break from the summer heat.”
Dunlap said all swim lessons – except the Mommy and Me classes – are based upon the skills and abilities of each swimmer.
“We recommend that children be placed in a class which best suits their individual needs and comfort level,” said Dunlap.
For more information about the Williams Community Pool, contact the City of Williams Parks and Recreation Department at 473-2955.
The Arbuckle Swimming Pool will be opening for the season on June 10, offering public swim sessions, lessons and a variety of summer programming.
Public swimming sessions will be held Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m., Fridays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Admission to the Arbuckle Swimming Pool will be free each Saturday this summer – except Aug. 3 due to a private event – thanks in part to local sponsors.
Sponsors include California Family Foods, Rise and Grind, Zippy Chicken Ranch, Arbuckle, Amy & Mike Doherty, Chevron and Sun Valley Rice.
The rest of the week, admission for children ages two through six is $1.50, children ages seven to 17 are $2 and adult swimmers are $2.50. Non-swimming adults will be admitted for $1 and children under the age of two are free of charge.
Individual and family passes are also available for the season. Individual passes cost $25 per person and a pass for a family of four costs $150. Additional family members can be added to the pass for an additional $25 per person.
The Arbuckle Pool also offers swim lessons as well as a variety of summer programming.
“We pride ourselves on having a low ratio for teachers to students and experienced staff as most of our teaching staff has come up through our Junior Guard program and been aids in the swimming lesson program for a couple of years before they get to teach,” said Mary Grimmer, Arbuckle Parks and Recreation Department manager.
Two sessions of swim lessons will be offered this summer. Session one will run from June 10-20 and session two will be held July 8-18. An extended session one will also be offered from June 10-27.
Each session offers both day and evening lessons for a variety of skill levels. Day lessons will begin at 11:30 a.m. or noon and evening lessons will start at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Swim classes, by skill level, include Parent-Tot, Preschool Aquatics for levels one and two, and Learn to Swim for levels one through four.
Registration for session one or two is $80 per swimmer. The registration for the extended session one swim session is $105 per swimmer.
Interested swimmers can sign up at the Arbuckle Parks and Recreation Department Office located at 309 Fifth Street.
Lap swims, water fitness, Junior Lifeguard and Swim Club will also be offered weekly.
For more information, contact the Arbuckle Parks and Recreation Department at 476-3007.
The Colusa Pool opened for the summer on Monday and will be open for daily public swim sessions from 12-3 p.m. A family swim session will also be held daily from 4-6 p.m. Adult Lap and Advanced Kids Lap Swim sessions will be held from 11:30-12 p.m.
Admission is $2 per swimmer per session.
The Colusa Pool also offered swim lessons for three skill levels: water exploration, beginners and intermediate beginners.
Two sessions of swim lessons will be held. Session one will be June 10-20 and session two will be June 24-July 5.
Registration is $45 per swimmer per session, or $80 for two consecutive sessions.
Registration forms are available at Colusa City Hall, located at 425 Webster Street.
For more information, contact the Colusa Recreation Department at 458-5622 extension 108.
The Maxwell Town Pool is scheduled to open June 17 and will be open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. and available to rent on Friday and Saturdays. According to their Facebook page, the Maxwell Parks and Recreation Department has not determined the daily rate of admission for the pool at this time.
Further detail about daily rates and pool party rate will be discussed at the next MPRD meeting, which is scheduled for June 10 at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact the Maxwell Parks and Recreation Department at 501-6588.