The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is gearing up for another great summer of aquatics! On Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, all municipal pools will be open and there are activities all season long for all ages and skill levels: biathlons to group and private swim lessons, water aerobics to cross-training, and even certifications for lifeguarding and first aid.
The City of Gainesville operates three pools: Dwight H. Hunter, (Northeast) Pool, located at 1100 NE 14th St.; H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. and Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool, located at 1717 SE 15th St.
Help your family to stay safe by enrolling in swimming lessons! Group and private swim lessons are available for all skill levels and are offered for children age 6 months to adults. Swim instructors are American Red Cross certified in lifeguard training, CPR, AED and first aid. Swim lessons are available at all three pools. Take advantage of convenient times and affordable rates. Be sure to register early - these sessions are popular and fill up quickly! If you have a teenager 16 years or older, the PRCA Department offers a great opportunity to expand their summer job prospects with our American Red Cross lifeguarding training. Sign up soon!
If you want to make your child’s birthday special, consider a birthday pool party! Our convenient and affordable packages start at $49.50, and are available at each pool.
Mickle Pool offers free admission on “Family Fun Nights,” Monday and Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. It’s also a great time to come out and try the Kersplash pool climbing wall!
In addition to traditional swimming lessons, there are a variety of other aquatic fitness programs offered. Aqua-Fit is a great water aerobics class offered at Northeast Pool. Each class is $2.55 and is intended for ages 13 and older. This low- to medium-intensity class offers aerobic cardio and core training, while focusing on flexibility and total body toning. For those wanting a more challenging workout, Triton Fitness Gainesville offers a unique blend of land and water cross-training. Classes are $5 each for ages 15 and older. To accommodate those with special needs, Aquabilities is offered through a partnership with the non-profit corporation Noah’s Endeavor, Inc. This program teaches children to be comfortable in the water, and to improve their swimming, motor and water safety skills. Additionally, all three pools are equipped with chair lifts for easy pool access. The fee for the class is $23 and is offered in two- and four-week sessions. For full class schedules, please visit our Aquatics Web page at www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.
For those that really want to test their athletic abilities, the 2014 Gainesville Biathlon Challenge will take place Saturday, May 24 at Westside Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. The challenge is a series of eight races consists of a 5K run and 800-meter swim and continues until October. Athletes can take part in seven more races, alternating between Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and Westside Pool. The entry fee for each race is only $17.25 for city residents and $23 for non-residents, when signing up more than two days before the race. After that time, the fees are $23 for city residents and $34.50 for non-residents. The winning female and male athletes of each race will receive two free pool passes to use at any city pool.
For all information regarding events, programs, hours and locations, please call 352-334-5067 or visit our website at www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gainesvillePRCA.