Ariel Uribe does a cannonball into the Anderson Park Pool Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Anderson Pool offering Family Night on Fridays

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

With temperatures reaching more than 90 degrees Wednesday, children of all ages and adults are flocking to the Anderson Park pool to cool down.

Trey Guerrero, 11, said that his favorite part of swimming is diving.

"I like swimming with my friends and jumping off the diving board," said Trey, as he made his way back to the diving board to try out his flips.

Pool officials said they are averaging 75 to 100 individuals who participate in swimming activities each day. The Anderson pool is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Family Night is every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children ages 12 and under is $1. Family Night is $2 for the whole family.

So far, the pool is a favorite place for youngsters.

Katherine Lopez, 8, said she enjoys swimming.

"I like swimming, it's a lot of fun," she said wearing her goggles.

Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times and are trained in CPR, first aid and the automated electronic defibrillator.

Marissa Canales, a lifeguard with the city, said she enjoys working with the children.

"I like everything, especially the kids," said Marissa, who has been a lifeguard for two years.

Marissa said she advises parents to supervise children who are seven years and under.

Assistant Manager at the Anderson pool Marisol Campbell said another concern for swimmers is the sun's rays.

"If the parents leave their kids here all day, they need sunscreen," she said. "Also white and gray t-shirts are allowed in the pool along with swimsuits."

Campbell said colored shirts, because of the color fibers, could clog up the filter system.

The south side pool located at the Boys and Girls Club is also open from 12 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.