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Turlock offers 2 water features, swim lessons to keep cool in heat

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Turlock offers  2 water features,  swim lessons to  keep cool in heat

Part of the water play feature at Turlock’s Columbia Park.

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POSTED May 12, 2012 1:26 a.m.

The heat is coming and residents and visitors of Turlock have a few options on cooling down.

The city has two water parks for children to enjoy wet play. The Broadway Park water feature is located at 501 N. Broadway in Turlock, a couple blocks away from the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. The park is an unsupervised facility and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April through Sept. 30.

Along with the water feature, Broadway Park also has a half court basketball area, a large playground area, an ADA compliant drinking fountain, park benches, a large covered picnic area with barbeques, several small picnic areas with barbeques, perimeter sidewalks and large shade trees. It is located in a residential area, but not too far from Golden State Boulevard.

Turlock’s newest water park is located next to Columbia pool and park. It was opened in May 2010 and sees a lot of visitors throughout the summer season. It is an unsupervised facility and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April to Sept. 30.

Columbia Pool offers recreational swim 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, starting June 16. Pool fees are $2 for adults, $1 for youth (ages 7-17) and 3 and under free with paying adult. Youth must be at least 8 years old to enter pool without an adult.

After drying off, Columbia Park has a lot to offer. It has two large ADA complaint covered picnic areas with barbeques, a large playground area, and an ADA compliant drinking fountain, park benches, several small picnic areas with barbeques, perimeter and interior sidewalks, security lighting, large shade trees, horseshoe pits, two full size basketball courts, a multi-purpose court with soccer goals, and a community building.

Both of Turlock’s public high schools offer open swim from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday starting June 18 at their campus pools. Pool fees are $2 for adults, $1 for youth (ages 7-17) and 3 and under free with paying adult. Youth must be at least 8 years old to enter pool without an adult. Turlock High is located at 1600 E. Canal Dr.; the pool entrance is off of Berkeley Avenue, which runs through the middle of the school. Pitman High is located at 2525 W. Christoffersen Parkway. To find the pool, park in the second lot off of N. Kilroy Road and walk alongside the track until the pool is visible.

Swim classes for young and old

Swimming is not only fun, but also a potentially life-saving skill. The City of Turlock Recreation Department offers a wide range of classes for those aged 6 months through young adulthood and of every skill level. Classes are held at both Columbia and Pitman High pools starting June 18. For detailed information on individual classes, their times and costs, visit cityofturlock.org, or call 668-5594. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those looking to stay in shape or learn a sport while cooling down have quite a few options in Turlock.

New this year is adult lap swim at Pitman High pool. Regular physical activity has been associated with better health and a longer life. Lap swimming offers many benefits for anyone interested in losing weight or staying in shape. Water offers high resistance and low impact workouts perfect for every body type.

Adult lap swim will be offered at Pitman High pool from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday June 18-28 and then from July 9-19. Fees are $18 per session.

Youth water polo classes will be held at the Pitman High pool for those aged 8-12 years and those ages 11-14. The emphasis will be on the basic water polo fundamentals. Participants must have passed Level 2 swimming or have the ability to swim across the pool without assistance.

Both water polo classes will be held from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 25 to July 19. Water Polo I fees are $66; Water Polo 2 fees are $76. Registration is through the City of Turlock Recreation Department: cityofturlock.org, or 668-5594.

A water polo camp will be held at the Pitman High pool for students in grades 8 to 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday June 18 to Aug. 2. This program is designed to prepare athletes for the water polo season. Participants will focus on water polo skills, learning individual and team offensive/defensive strategies and conditioning. All participants need to have strong swimming skills and some water polo experience. The camp costs $100. Registration is through the City of Turlock Recreation Department: cityofturlock.org, or 668-5594.

The City of Turlock also offers junior lifeguard classes. Junior Lifeguard I is designed for those interested in learning how to respond in an aquatic emergency. This class will serve as a foundation for further training. This program includes three weeks of training followed by shadow work with a certified lifeguard.

The Junior Lifeguard 2 participants will receive advanced training in spinal injuries, first aid, CPR and develop fitness. Participants must have passed Junior Lifeguard I. This program includes three weeks of training followed by shadow work with a certified lifeguard.

Junior Lifeguard I is for youth 11-15 years and will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday July 9 to July 27 at Pitman High, cost is $76.

Junior Lifeguard 2 is for youth 12-15 years and will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 25 to July 13, cost is $76.

Registration is through the City of Turlock Recreation Department: cityofturlock.org, or 668-5594.

 

KRISTINA HACKER

209 staff reporter

 

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