Swimming pool has a successful opening day

Brooke Simmons serves at a lifeguard tower during the afternoon of June 18. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Amy Suppes enjoys the shallow area of the pool on opening day June 18. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

The afternoon of June 18 was pleasantly warm for the first open swim of the season at the Waterville Pool.

Earlier in the day, the pool had been used for the water aerobics class and for the first swim team practice.

The afternoon scene at the pool was one filled with sights and sounds of fun among those present, which were mostly grade school children.

In the shallow end Amy Suppes seemed to enjoy being in the water. Many times there are lots of small children and parents playing in this section of the pool, but at that moment Suppes was alone there, interacting with her mother, Krystle Crofcheck, who sat on the bench nearby.

Crofcheck said that her three children had been counting down the days until the pool opened. She brings them almost every day during the summer.

In the deeper sections of the pool, some children enjoyed throwing a football back and forth and others played games of chase or good-natured wrestling. In the deep end, children were taking their turns at dives and jumps from the edge of the pool or from the diving board.

Other than Crofcheck, a few other parents were watching from the benches, and lifeguard staff members, made up mostly of Waterville High School students, were keeping an eye on all the fun.

The pool will be open through Aug. 19. For more information on pool hours and rates, stop by town hall or the pool for a brochure. The brochure can also be found online at ci.waterville.wa.us.