Aquatic Center offers two slides
With temperatures soaring and school out for summer you can cool off at the Quincy Aquatic Center located in East Park.
Quincy’s only aquatic park opens Friday at 1 p.m. and will be open daily until Aug. 30. The park covers 4,000 square feet and has a pool side and a slide side.
The pool sides has six lanes with depths ranging from 4feet, to 11 feet, several large shade umbrellas, water basketball, a concrete deck with chairs and lounges and a wading pool with shallow entry.
The other side of aquatic center has a pair of 130-foot slides, a zero depth wading pool, a large mushroom/umbrella waterfall, picnic gazebo with large shade trees and a volleyball court.
There is also a bathhouse with lockers, as well as a concession stand.
The daily fee is $3 for children 4-17; $4 for adults 18-49; seniors are $2.50; and lap swim/gymnastics $2.50 per visit. Season passes are $60 per individual; families are $150 (resident) or $175 (non-resident). Punch cards are 10 for $27 for children; 10 for $36 for adults; and 10 for $22.50 for lap swim/gymnastics.
Exercise programs are as follows: lap swim 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; lap swim/gymnastics noon to 12:55 p.m.; and swimnastics 5:30 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.
The park is run by manager Amanda Bogle and assistant managers Madison Petersen and Aurora Davis. Bogle has already had six pool parties since last week and said the pool is ready to roll for the summer. They started with a pool party for the students at New Life School on June 1 and ended with a party for the Quincy Junior High on Monday.
“We have 14 lifeguards, which is really perfect,” said Bogle. “They are all great kids.”
She said she has seven guards on duty at a time, with five on the deck and two in the office. Bogle said the pool will look to add two more guards when swim lessons start on June 29. The sign-ups for lessons began last week online, with in-person registrations beginning June 12. Lessons are $24 per individual.
All or part of the Aquatic Center is available for rental. The picnic gazebo is $15 per day with a
minimum of a 24-hour notice. The slide side of the park is available for $80 per hour which includes a maximum of 75 people. The pool side is available for $60 per hour with a maximum of 50-60 people depending on ages. The slide and pool are available Saturday and Sunday nights and Thursday evenings.
“The rentals really need to be a minimum of one week in advance,” said Bogle. “We need time to find guards.”
The pool is open for recreational swimming Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and on the weekends from 1-6 p.m. Family only swims are Wednesday’s from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.