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Hitchcock pool to open Saturday

The Mitchell Aquatic Center at Hitchcock Park will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. The pool will be open seven days a week from 1 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 30. The popularity of opening day tends to vary depending on the weather, said Jam...

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The Mitchell Aquatic Center at Hitchcock Park will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

The pool will be open seven days a week from 1 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 30.

The popularity of opening day tends to vary depending on the weather, said Jamie Henkel, recreation coordinator for the city of Mitchell.

In 2014, there were 627 visitors on opening day, and 737 over opening weekend.
But in 2015, there were 51 people on opening day, and the pool was closed Sunday. The lower attendance was due to cooler weather. Opening day in 2015 was 65 degrees, and the following day was 62 degrees. Henkel said the pool closes when the weather drops below 64 degrees.

The opening of the outdoor pool doesn't always occur over Memorial Day weekend. Instead, the opening date is set for the last Saturday of May, and this year that falls on Memorial Day weekend, Henkel said.

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This year, the pool will continue swimming lessons starting June 6. The lessons run in three-week sessions, so there will be three sessions over the summer. The pool offers both morning and evening swimming lessons, which are open to anyone as young as 18 months in parent-child classes. Parent-child lessons are $19 and the pre-school age and above lessons are $24.

The Mitchell Aquatic Club will also host a swim meet June 17-19 at the pool.

Day entrance into the pool is $5 for anyone 3 years and older or $17 for a family of four with each additional family member being an additional $2. Children 2 years old and under get in free.

Individual membership for the summer is $60. Family membership, for a family of four, starts at $125 with an additional $15 for each additional family member.

Pool passes and swim lessons can be purchased at the Mitchell Rec Center or online at cityofmitchell.org under the "Parks & Recreation Online Registration" tab.

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