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Edge out the hateful summer temps with a refreshing dip in the pool.

Christina Nihira May 16th, 2012

It’s just a matter of time before the temps begin to soar. Don’t despair. Options are available to let you splash your way to cooler days.

To relax in Oklahoma City, the city Parks and Recreation Department boasts 17 spray grounds, two family aquatic centers, plus multiple swimming pools spread throughout the metro.

Spray grounds give kids of any age a chance to get drenched by anything like a tilting water bucket to standing under a water curtain. These fun, interactive experiences are available 10 a.m-8 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Most public swimming pools are open daily from noon to 9 p.m., with some exceptions toward the end of summer. Daily entry is $6. Individual passes are $50, while a family of four can purchase one for $150. Each additional family member is $35.

Swim lessons, a competitive swim team, as well as junior lifeguard positions are also offered.

For more information and pool locations, call 239-6898 or visit parks/pools/spraygrounds.html.


In Edmond, Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, 1034 S. Bryant, is the prime spot. Operated by the city, it opens daily at 1 p.m., except Saturday, which begins the day at 11 a.m.

The fun starts with a beach entry as you wade into the pool. For the more adventurous, try out the aqua wall, water slide or current channel.

Admission is $7 for ages 6 and above and $4 for 5 and under. Infants not yet walking get in free.

For more information, call 216-7647 or visit

Midwest City

Midwest City will open the Reno Swim & Slide, 101 S. Douglas, on May 26. Season passes are on sale now, with individual season passes at $30.

“These passes make great gifts,” said Steve Anderson, Midwest City Parks and Recreation supervisor. “If you and your family plan on visiting the pool several times this summer, our season pass is economical and easy.”

Daily admission prices are $6 for ages 6 to 54, $3 for ages 5 and under, and $3 for people 55 and over. It is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. For more information, visit Yukon Also opening May 26 are Yukon’s City Splash, 2200 S. Holly Ave., and Kimbell Bay, 525 S. Seventh.

Each has a water slide, wading pool and low dives. Splash offers swim team, water aerobics and scuba diving, while Kimbell Bay has swim lessons.

Admission is $3 for 4 years and older; seniors are $2. Individual swim passes are $40 or $100 for a family of four; each additional family member is $10.

For more information, call 354- 8442 or visit city-departments/parks-recreation.


Westwood Water Park, 2400 Westport in Norman, is open seven days a week starting May 26. This year, it conducts a Summer Splash with Reading Triathlon Series.

Family passes are $140 for a family of four; each additional family member is $25. A babysitter pass is available for $25 with purchase of a family pass. Single passes are $60. Otherwise, admission is $6 to use the pool and slide, or $4 for the pool only. For information, call 329- 5422 or visit

Now, it’s time to kick back and chill. The water’s fine!

Pool rules

OK, it’s a public swimming place, so cleanliness and respect is of the utmost importance. Chlorine can only kill so many germs, you know.

Also, please ...

—Pick up after yourself! If you bring treats or get something from the concession, throw your trash in the appropriate container.

—No glass! Opt for plastic.

There’s lots of concrete and bare feet, and the two make for a dangerous combination.

—Don’t get drunk! If you’re of age and going to partake in some poolside libations, keep in mind that there’s a spectrum of people around, and it’s important to be respectful of everyone.

—Don’t run! Seriously, don’t run. It’s just an E.R. trip waiting to happen.

—Don’t pee in the pool! You aren’t in your shower at home, so don’t let it go just because you’re floating in a body of water.

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