NEWTON, NC (June 12, 2013) – Beat the heat this summer and take a dip in the pool at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Avenue. Despite the cloudy weather and rain, 444 people came out for the first week of the pool’s opening. In 2012, the first week of the pool’s opening attracted 414 attendees.
“We had a great turnout for the first week of the pool’s opening, and we hope that keeps up,” Parks and Recreation Director Sandra Waters said. “There’s no better way to cool off and enjoy the summer than by swimming.”
Public swimming hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; on Thursdays the pool will remain open until 8 p.m. Admission is $1 for children up to 5 years old, $2 for adults ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 6-17 and $4 for adults ages 18-61.
Groups such as daycares, summer camps, school classes, clubs and others are welcome to the pool for $3 per child, with a minimum of 12 children. Group reservations are required by contacting the Newton Recreation Center. Group swimming begins at 10 a.m.
The pool is available to rent for private use for up to two hours on the weekends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The cost is $75 per hour for Newton residents and $125 per hour for non-residents. In addition, renters must pay for the required lifeguards’ salary, which is two to four lifeguards at $10 per hour.
Punch passes are available to allow frequent swimmers to save money. For youths ages 6-17, 15 passes are $30 and 25 passes are $50; adults ages 18-64, 15 passes are $50 and 25 passes are $75; and adults ages 65 and older, 15 passes are $25 and 25 passes are $40.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed at the pool. Children ages 0-3 must wear some type of flotation device, and no diapers are allowed. Infants must wear plastic undergarments. For more information, or to schedule a group event, contact the Newton Recreation Center at (828) 695-4317.