2:48pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Pools Open Just in Time

It appears this Memorial Day weekend will be a hot and summerlike period, just in time for the start of the public swimming season.  Four Lexington area aquatic centers will open Friday, a day earlier than originally planned.  The city decided to close Constitution and Berry Hill pools.  Woodland pool co-manager Nick Barjuca expects some pool migration this summer.  “I think every other pool is gonna get a little bit busier because those two pools closed,” said Barjuca.

Barjuca says maintenance on pool pumping facilities is done throughout the year.  He says there are seldom any serious problems to keep pools from being filled. He says a great deal of painting has been done in recent weeks.

“We’ve painted all the bottoms of the pools..which is something we didn’t get to do last year.. because it rains to much pre-season..but we’ve painted..you can tell the pirate ship at Woodland’s been re-painted..it looks really good…bathrooms have been re-done and painted,” added Barjuca.

Staffing all the pools with lifeguards can be a challenge.  Barjuca says it hasn’t been an issue this year..

“We actually are good on guards it seems like..with those two pools closing..that probably gave us probably 15 ..16 extra employees that we got to place everywhere so pretty much every pool’s is staffed right were we need to be,” said Barjuca.

The swimming charges remain four dollars for kids and five for adults at aquatic centers and three and four dollars at the two neighborhood pools.