With the academic year in the rearview mirror and the hottest days of summer rapidly approaching, local pools are offering a chance to take the edge off the heat with public swim hours.
Last Friday afternoon, swimmers young and old – but mostly young – enjoyed the cool waters at the City of Nogales Parks and Recreation department pool at 1500 Hohokam Dr.
The city pool opened for the summer on June 3 and will be available to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
The Wade Carpenter Middle School pool, at 595 Kino St., will open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays starting July 1.
Both of the Nogales pools can be used free of charge.
Parks and Recreation Director Marcel Bachelier said the Hohokam pool will stay open until early August and the Wade Carpenter pool will likely close on July 26.
The Parks and Recreation department will also offer swim classes for children between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Bachelier said that a limited number of spaces are still available for the classes, which start June 17 at the Hohokam pool and cost $25 per child for a two-week session.
Regular lap swim will still be available between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Hohokam pool, but will be suspended during swim lessons and public pool hours.
The Patagonia pool, located on the Patagonia Public Schools campus, opened for a summer season that will run from May 29 until Aug. 3.
The Monday to Friday schedule includes lap swim from 8-9:45 a.m., water aerobics from 10-11 a.m., swim lessons from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., open swim from 1-5 p.m. and lap swim from 5-6 p.m. On Saturdays, the schedule will be lap swim 8-9:45 a.m., water aerobics 10-11 a.m., and open swim 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The pool is closed Sunday.
Season passes for the Patagonia pool cost $120 per family or $80 for an individual; monthly passes are $65 for a family, $45 for an individual; daily passes are $5 per adult or $2 per child.