City swimming pool now open

By JAMIE PATTERSON,

The local city swimming pool is officially open for the season, including swimming lessons.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, enough donations were collected to open the swimming pool at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex.

The future of the swimming pool was uncertain earlier this year with the commission concerned over funding to operate it. With a tight budget, it costs anywhere from $5,000 up to $7,000 to operate the pool over the summer.

But former mayor Wardell Leach spearheading a local campaign to raise funds to ensure the pool open in time for children to be able to swim and take swimming lessons. Over the course of several weeks, enough money was raised to reach that goal.

“Swimming is an important recreational opportunity,” said Joffre Washington, Parks and Recreation Commission member. “We thank everyone who answered the call to see that the pool opened this summer. It means so much to be able to offer this opportunity to Yazoo City and Yazoo County children.”

Regular session hours are Mondays through Saturdays, with session one from noon until 1 p.m., session two from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., session three from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. and session four from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Extended day sessions include Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Swimming lessons are also available this season with morning sessions held Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and evening sessions held Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Lifeguards Richard Griffin, Damon Patterson and Melodie Patterson will also be available this season.

Admission is $1 per session for 17 years old and younger and $2 per session for 18 years and older.