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Renovated Noble Park Pool, spray pad to open Saturday

BY BECCA SCHIMMELrschimmel@paducahsun.com

The Noble Park Pool will open in all its glory on Saturday. After two years of renovations throughout the complex, Paducah Parks Services Director Mark Thompson said the city is ready for a smooth season, offering new attractions such as a spray pad and family-friendly events.

"We anticipate it will be better. This year, it will run a lot smoother," he said.

Because the spray pad was only open for the last two weeks of the season last year,  it was a test run, Thompson continued. 

The spray pad is geared toward younger children, ages 2-4, although children up to 8 are allowed inside. Children wearing swim diapers are allowed in the spray pad area, but not in the pool.

There will be plenty of shade in the spray pad area with picnic tables nearby for moms and dads to keep a watchful eye on their young children.

Friday Family Nights will offer a chance for families to spend quality time together at the pool. While the pool regularly closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, it will reopen from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting June 6 for the new family night feature.

During family nights, admission will be discounted by $1, and it is an open swim.

General admission prices have not changed since last season. Children 5 and up and most adults are $5; kids 4 and younger are $3; and seniors 55 and older are $3.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

A full-service concession stand will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and ice cream. Concessions will be open to everyone in the park, not just those visiting the pool.

All children must be potty trained in order to use the pool. A 10-minute break will be called every hour during which all swimmers must leave the pool. During the break, everyone is encouraged to use the restroom.

Last season, the pool was forced to close because of several incidents of vomit or fecal matter found in or near the pool. Thompson said the 10-minute break has eliminated most, if not all, problems.

As part of pool renovations, a new vinyl liner and gutter system were installed to help eliminate water leaks. New lights were added this year to better illuminate the pool, especially on Friday Family Nights.

Amie Clark, recreation superintendent, expects to hire approximately 25 lifeguards for the season.  Applications can be found online at www.paducahky.gov under employment.

The pool will be open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day weekend. It will close on Tuesday, May 27, and reopen for the full season on Saturday, May 31.

Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The pool is closed on Mondays.

The pool season will end on Aug. 3.

Contact Becca Schimmel, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.

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