It was a splish splashin’ good time at the The Sam Birmingham City Pool as it celebrated its opening day for the summer with a packed house, the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines’s Athletic Director Brandy Hogan said on Monday.
“We had a great first day of swim,” Hogan said. “Both sessions today were filled to capacity, and everyone was so excited.”
Hogan, who oversees the pool, added new programs for youth on Thursdays and Fridays this summer. The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines, which manages the pool, is currently looking for certified swim instructors and swim aerobics instructors to partner with to add even more programs.
The pool will stay open through Aug. 17. Each day, the pool will be open for swim sessions, with the cost being $2 per person per swim session.
Session 1 will run from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Session 2 will run from 3:45 to 6 p.m. Monday through Fridays. On Saturdays, Session 1 will be a “Mommy and Me and Special Needs” session from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Session 2 on Saturdays will run from 2 to 4 p.m., and Session 3 will run from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
All children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a person 17 years or older.
The new sessions added to target youth include the Junior High Night Hangout from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 13. High School Night Hangout sessions are set for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays beginning June 14. Cost is $5 per person.
Students entering sixth grade through eighth grade are allowed in the junior high session, and students entering ninth grade through 12th grade are allowed to the high school session.
In addition to the new youth sessions, the Club is also adding a lap swim session from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
In addition to public swim sessions, the pool will also be available for rent for parties and special events.
Pool rental for non-premium times (9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday) begin at $175 for the first hour and $75 for each additional hour rented, with a two-hour minimum rental required.
For parties with 51 to 75 people, an additional $25 is charged and for parties with 76 to 100 people, another additional $25 fee will be charged. Pool rental includes lifeguards on duty.
For premium time pool rentals, fees begin at $250 for the first hour and $75 for each additional hour, with a two-hour minimum rental required. For parties with 51 to 75 guests, an additional $50 will be charged and for parties with 76 to 100 guests, another additional $50 will be charged.
All pool rentals must be reserved a week in advance by calling the Club at 1-833-244-7463 ext. 765 or by emailing Hogan at sports@BeGreatEastTexas.com.