GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The city pools in Grand Rapids are opening about three weeks early thanks to a parks millage that voters passed in November 2013.
The millage has been a big financial help to the Parks and Recreation Department and has allowed a longer pool season of almost twelve weeks.
“Funding for the pools has always been challenging, there’s a lot of expenses that go into it from chemicals and part-time staff and the pools are getting older so they’re going to cost a little more to run,” said Grand Rapids Recreations Supervisor John Judnich.
The heated pools at Richmond Park, Briggs Park, and Martin Luther King Jr. Park all open Friday and times are as followed:
- The Briggs Pool, located at Lafayette and Knapp NE, will be open Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool, located at Fuller and Franklin SE, will be open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from12:30 p.m. to 7p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Richmond Pool, located at Richmond and Tamarack NW, will be open Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
- Splash pads at Aberdeen and Mulick parks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. regularly and will have staff on site.
- Splash pads at Alger, Heartside, Joe Taylor and Mary Waters parks, and Gerald R. Ford Middle School on Madison Avenue SE will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will not have staff on site.
Adult Grand Rapids residents can swim for $2 and children under 17 for $1. The fee for all nonresidents will be $4. All children under 1 get in free. Swimmers can also get open swim punch passes. Resident families can buy $80 pool passes, which allow a family of as many as six to swim all summer. Additional family members can be added to the pass for $10 each.
The city will also swim lessons at all pools for children between 6 months and 12 years. An eight-class session costs $48 for residents and $58 for nonresidents. Swim lessons for teens and adults, as well as a diving class at Richmond Park, cost $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. Some scholarships are available for qualifying residents. People can register for those classes online or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 616.456.3696.