Salem Pool Opens June 4 | News, Sports, Jobs

The pool and wading pool at Centennial Park open swimming season with free entry on opening day from 1pm to 7pm, June 4th.

“We’re ready to go” Recreational Supervisor/Pool Manager Amber Smith said.

Regular hours of operation are 1pm to 7pm, seven days a week, with an adult swim for an hour from noon on weekdays. The concession stand is open daily from 2pm to 6pm and offers hot dogs, chips, candy bars, popsicles, soft drinks and water.

Smith said people are already calling to rent the pool after hours, noting that every weekend in June is already reserved. Pool rental is $35 per hour and $15 per hour for each lifeguard on duty.

Day admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors (62 plus), and $3 for children under 5. Season passes are $60 for an individual, $100 for a family of five, and $25 for each additional family member (up to five).

Screening at Band Shell at Waterworth Memorial Park on June 4th at 9:30pm, the first summer film is Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Both Smith and Parks Director Shane Franks said they are still looking for artists to join the celebrations for Art in the Park on June 25 from 10am-2pm at Band Shell at Waterworth Memorial Park. Smith said they already have 18 artists and three cast members, as well as food trucks. Some of the art forms represented include etching, carving and painting, wood carving, painting, pencil drawing, hand carved wooden spoons, acoustic guitars, pen, ink and watercolor, authors, dancers, stamped greeting cards, watercolours, floral wall display, prints, pour paint and fluid art and acrylics.

There will also be a Balloon Artist, Caricature Artist, Sidewalk Chalk Artist, Boy Scout Troop 80774, Burchfield Homestead Museum, Salem City Schools, Salem Parks & Recreation and the Salem Public Library.

Smith said she is also looking for organizations or clubs to sponsor activities during Salem City’s fireworks pre-event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 3 at Waterworth Memorial Park.

During the recent Salem Parks Commission meeting, the board approved a project for Stitle Construction to repair widening cracks in the toilet near the band case at a cost of $13,500. Franks said the northeast corner of the building has serious cracks, with the entire corner being unstable. The southwest corner also shows serious cracks and delaminations.

Franks said the Salem Community Foundation will cover the costs from the Ralph J. Smith fund.

Commission vice-chair Lucille Karnofel said the need was definitely there, but she was bothered that there was only one offer. Franks said he was happy with the offer and so were SCF. Parks Foreman Jim Grimm also said he made some phone calls and no one could come out to look.

Karnofel asked what the not yet finished disc golf was all about and got information “workers” by Grim. Franks pointed out that April was mostly wet and they were three or four weeks behind schedule. They have also worked on preparing the pool for the opening, preparing the ball courts for play and mowing grass. It took four and a half days to fill the pool, and a squad of 24 scouts from Troops 6 and 3 helped clean the pool area in preparation for the opening, Grimm said.

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