May 18, 2014 - 8:00 am
Each year, Las Vegas residents turn to what some claim is the best remedy for 100-degree temperatures: a dip in the pool. It’s especially appreciated when children are out of school — good for keeping them occupied and a good physical activity for everyone.
“I had a daughter who was on the swim team … We’d go to the YMCA and … Dula center pools,” said Diane Harrington. “It’s nice to give your kids an activity to do and keep them busy. I made sure there were lifeguards, but I stayed right with them. I never left their sides.”
Suzanne Tillmond, has five children and said she uses the YMCA facilities sporadically for swimming because her friend has a pool. She said she was not overly concerned with safety because she taught her children how to swim. Nor was she concerned much about horseplay.
“If you’ve taught them to obey you before you even get to the pool, then when they’re in the pool, then they listen to you,” she said.
For those without access to a swimming pool, the area offers a number of places to go all summer.
DURANGO HILLS YMCA
The city of Las Vegas’ Durango Hills Community Center, operated by the YMCA of Southern Nevada at 3521 N. Durango Drive, plans to open its pool Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Swim hours are from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends through June 9, after which it will be open daily through Aug. 24. It is scheduled to close after Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Summer Splash is planned from noon to 2 p.m. June 7. Expect raffle prizes, games, a disc jockey and free food, while supplies last.
Admission is free for YMCA members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit lasvegasymca.org.
PAVILION CENTER POOL
Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive, has a special event planned before open swim begins June 9: the Super Summer Safety Fair for all ages, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30. The event is set to feature open swim and safety information booths from the American Red Cross and the Southern Nevada Childhood Drowning Prevention Coalition. Information about city of Las Vegas learn-to-swim classes, drowning prevention, sun safety, emergency response, safeguarding your home and preventing accidents is planned, along with American Red Cross water safety classes.
Pool admission will be free if participants visit the safety fair/workshop first. For more information, call 702-229-4726.
Before June 9, open swim hours at Pavilion Center Pool will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. June 9 through Aug. 24, all-ages open-swim hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Daily pool fees are $1 for ages 4 to 17, $2 for ages 18 to 49, $1.50 for ages 50 or older and free for ages 3 or younger. An all-summer pool pass is $40 for an individual, $30 for adults 50 or older and $60 for a family.
For more information, visit tinyurl.com/262u4kr or call 702-229-1488.
DESERT BREEZE AQUATIC FACILITY
The Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, plans to kick off the season with a Super Summer Safety Fair at 5 p.m. May 30. It will focus on drowning prevention and educating adults about infant and child safety in, on and around the water. Participants also will receive information about sun safety, safeguarding homes, preventing accidents and responding to emergencies.
The center’s regular admission fees apply: $2 for ages 3 to 17, $3 for ages 18 to 54 and $1 for ages 55 or older. Those attending the safety fair from 5 to 6 p.m. will receive free admission to open swim from 6 to 8 p.m.
Desert Breeze’s open swim hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday (closed Fridays June 7-Aug. 17) and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Open swim also will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, and June 7 and 8, Aug. 23 and 24, and Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1; and from noon to 4 p.m. July 4.
For more information, call 702-455-7798.
SUMMERLIN COUNCIL-OPERATED POOLS
The Trails Pool, 9550 Trails Center Drive, and Willows Pool, 2775 Desert Marigold Lane, are open daily May 24-Aug. 31. Fees are $3 for Summerlin resident adults, $2 for Summerlin resident children 2 to 17, $5 for nonresident adults and $3 for nonresident children 2 to 17. Guests are limited to one per member per visit and must be accompanied by a Summerlin resident.
Season passes may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Trails, Willows and Gardens community centers. Each Summerlin Council swim pass entitles the card holder to access the Trails and Willows pools. Summerlin membership ID is required to purchase the pass. The cost is $30 per person, per season.
For more information, call 702-341-5500.
JW MARRIOTT POOL
The pool area at the JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., is open for members and hotel guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Nonmembers and nonhotel guests can enjoy the pool Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and blackout dates, with a cover charge. Day-pass admission for nonhotel guests is $8 for ages 6 to 15 and $15 for those 16 or older.
Swimmers 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children per adult. Memberships and one-day admission can be purchased at the Pool Towel Hut at the pool’s entrance gate.
Individual memberships are $125 per month or $350 for the season. A family pass is $225 per month or $650 for the season and is good for two adults with up to three children or one adult with up to four children.
For more information, visit tinyurl.com/kf9j9ga.
Contact Summerlin Area View reporter Jan Hogan at email@example.com or 702-387-2949.