The Minneapolis city pool has been busy so far this summer. On just about any day there are over a 100 swimmers enjoying the pool. Whether they are on tubes, doing cannonballs off the board, or zipping down water slides, wherever one looks there are a lot of young swimmers and they all appear to be having fun. Pool manager Tammy Knox said attendance has hovered around 150 swimmers a day despite less than hospitable weather to start the summer. Thus far the busiest day for the pool has been 215 swimmers, nearly reaching the pools capacity of 220. She credits the bus pick-up by the Ottawa County Public Transportation department as a possible reason for the consistently high attendance. The bus has different pick-up locations and travels to Delphos one day a week. In addition to the bus pick-up, items such as large tire tubes and the new slide have been huge hits. The new slide in particular appears to have become a favorite of the younger swimmers at the pool. Mason Scott was impressed with the speed of the new slide, describing it as “very super, fast.” The slide was donated by the Rock City EHU and the Minneapolis Recreation Commission. A new snack area is also underway. A concrete slab has been poured and umbrellas and picnic tables are on the way.
In addition to the new physical features, the pool is also offering a variety of programs this summer. Swimming lessons will begin this week and run through the first week of July and the classes are already full. An adults only water exercise class is offered every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from six to seven p.m. along with a lap swim. The adults only session cost $2 per visit and is available to everyone. Regular pool hours are from one to six p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is family night and the pool is open from one to eight p.m.
For Tammy, the attendance is proof that the additions have been successful. She emphasized that they have tried to make things fun for everyone while maintaining a safe environment. Judging by the attendance so far this summer, it would appear that the right balance has been struck.