By David Ringstrom
The Grant Park Pool will open for the season on Memorial Day Monday, May 28. The pool will remain open through Labor Day September 3. District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith www.district1atlanta.com will be holding her eighth annual Memorial Day pool party from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday, May 28. Regular pool admission fees apply, but the party will include a DJ and pool games, as well as free hot dogs and other refreshments.
Swimming lessons are expected to be offered once again this summer by Sabir Muhammad and his team from Atlanta Swim School. Registration and schedule information will be available on the Atlanta Swim School website at www.atlantaswimschool.com. Swimming lesson scholarships are also available through Atlanta Swim School, which offers one free scholarship for every four paid attendees.
Six Feet Under is graciously sponsoring their eighth dine-out to support the Grant Park Pool on May 22 at the Grant Park location from 4:00pm to closing. Please be sure to thank Six Feet Under for their ongoing support of our pool and the Grant Park neighborhood. The Friends of the Grant Park Pool rely primarily on restaurant dine-outs to fund improvements to the pool, such as lounge chairs, and to provide swimwear for those that can’t afford proper attire.
New this year, 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 pay $1, and seniors 55+ pay $2. Admission to the pool is free for everyone between 1:30 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 (search for Friends of Grant Park Pool and join the group), follow the pool on Twitter at 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 are a dedicated group of Grant Park neighbors who have volunteered as advocates for the pool since December 2004. The Grant Park Pool is owned and operated by the City of Atlanta.
Grant Park Pool Season Starts May 28
By David Ringstrom