By David Ringstrom
The Grant Park Pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 24. The pool will remain open through Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day). District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith (www.district1atlanta.com) will be holding her tenth annual Memorial Day pool party from 2:30 to 4:30 on Monday, May 26. Regular pool admission fees apply, but the party will include free hot dogs and refreshments as well as other surprises.
Swimming lessons will be offered once again this summer by Sabir Muhammad and his team from Atlanta Swim School (www.atlantaswimschool.com). Registration and schedule information are available on the Atlanta Swim School web site. Swimming lesson scholarships are also available through Atlanta Swim School, which offers one free scholarship for every four paid attendees.
This marks the third year that the City of Atlanta has outsourced the management of their outdoor pools to USA Pools, a professional pool management company. All admission fees and pool rules remain the same as before. Daily admission to the pool is $4.00 for adults, and $2.00 for children 6 to 16. Kids 5 and under are free, and seniors 55+ pay $2. Admission to the pool is free for everyone between 12:30 and 4:00 on weekdays, except for holidays. Annual and seasonal passes will be available—see www.grantparkpool.org for more details, including hours, pool rules, and the latest pool news. You can also get the latest pool news on Facebook via the Friends of Grant Park Pool page, follow the pool on Twitter (www.twitter.com/grantparkpool), or sign up for the e-mail newsletter (www.grantparkpool.org/subscribe).
When visiting the Grant Park Pool, be sure not to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, or in a crosswalk. ParkAtlanta and the Atlanta Police Department do enforce parking regulations strictly in the vicinity of the pool. Further, be sure not to leave any valuables visible within your vehicle.
The Friends of Grant Park Pool started as a dedicated group of Grant Park neighbors that volunteered as advocates for the pool since December 2004 under the auspices of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association (www.gpna.org). As of April 2014 the Friends of Grant Park Pool is a program of the Grant Park Conservancy (www.gpconservancy.org). The Grant Park Pool itself is owned and operated by the City of Atlanta or its designate.
2014 Grant Park Pool Season Starts May 24
By David Ringstrom