Cool, rainy weather delays opening of Columbia pools

Saturday, May 24, 2014 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 8:16 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COLUMBIA—Rain and cool weather caused Columbia residents planning to spend Saturday at the pool to cancel their plans.

Four of Columbia’s pools were set to open for the first time this season at noon Saturday. But the Parks and Recreation Commission hotline informed prospective swimmers that the facilities would have to remain closed for the day due to inclement weather.

Pools close if the highest temperature expected for the day is below 75 degrees, according to the commission’s website.

The forecast high for late Saturday afternoon was 77 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's website, but it remained closer to 65 degrees throughout the afternoon.

If the weather warms up, the pools will be open Sunday and Monday, and also May 31 and June 1 from noon to 5 p.m. They will open permanently for the summer on June 6 at noon.

The pools include Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center, Lake of the Woods Pool, Douglass Family Aquatic Center and Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

Starting in June, some of these centers will host special activities, such as reserved playtime for swimmers younger than 10 years old and a Boy and Girl Scout day. The Hickman High School pool will open in June for swim lessons.

Daily admission for infants is free at all pools. For older children and adults, it ranges from $1 to $3.75. Frequent pool-goers can also purchase season passes.

 Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski

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