Columbia outdoor pools set to open for summer season

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — Summer-like temperatures are forecast for the Memorial Day weekend, just in time for swimming season.

Saturday marks the opening of the Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center. The remaining pools and aquatic centers open June 4.

Columbia pool openings

As warm weather approaches, here's a guide to local pool hours and facilities:

  • Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center, 1900 Blue Ridge Road. Opening day: Saturday. Weekend hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Weekday hours are from noon to 7 p.m. The facility includes a 50-meter pool, a water slide and a children’s water play area.
  • Lake of the Woods Pool, 6700 St. Charles Road. Opening day: June 4. Weekend and weekday hours are from noon to 5:30 p.m. Weekday hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This pool includes a water slide, shaded umbrellas and a concessions stand in the pool clubhouse.
  • Douglass Family Aquatic Center, 400 N. Providence Road. Opening day: June 4. Pool hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. This pool includes a water slide and climbing wall.
  • Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 2500 Chapel Hill Road. Opening day: June 4. The facility is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. This outdoor area includes a children's water park complete with slides, sprinklers and waterfalls.

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Admission to Albert-Oakland, Lake of the Woods Pool and Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes Recreation Area is $2.50 for children ages 2 to 15 and $3.75 for those ages 16 and older. Children ages 1 and younger are admitted for free. Season passes are also available. Admission to the Douglass Family Aquatic Center is $1 for those older than 1 and free for children ages 1 and younger.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is looking to hire lifeguards for the summer.

Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard must participate in lifeguard training. The department is holding a training session from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9 at Hickman Pool. The cost is $150, which includes the required book and certification.

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