Pool opens after slight delay
By Eric A. Becker
CARLINVILLE (June 7, 2018) – Memorial Day is usually the unofficial opening of the summer season for many.
It was suppose to be that way for the Carlinville Park District and the city pool, but a couple of brief issues pushed back the opening day of the pool to last Wednesday, May 30.
Park District Administrator Regie Byots said it was due to a couple of factors. One being the city’s manganese levels being higher than normal, which in turn discolored the water.
Byots also said the park district went to fill the pool with water on May 15 in preparation for the season.
“We had it full to the 12-foot and then we noticed that the water was still squirting out into the pond where we drain it,” Byots said. “Dave Griffith (Griffith Plumbing and Heating) came out, and found the valve was stripped.”
The valve was the original one from when the pool opened years ago. Byots contacted Spears Corporation, which the city does business for the pool’s chemicals and other supplies.
When chlorine is added to the water with higher levels of manganese, that is what turned the color of the pool water green. The valve was ultimately replaced and things began to get back to normal.
“Once we got the metal out, we came back the next morning and it was blue again,” Byots said.
It led to a good opening day for the pool, as over 200 people came out for day one and another 150 or so on Thursday.
Giveaway prizes were awarded on Friday for those 18 years and under throughout the day.
Admission to the pool is $4 per person per day. Individual passes can be purchased for $75 for the summer; and a family pass of four is $200, with $25 for each additional family member.
Pool parties are a hit, with several already booked. Cost of a pool party is $200 for the first two hours, and $50 for each additional hour for private parties.
“We are in full swing – we are busy,” Byots said.
In addition, the pool offers a variety of treats at its concession stand, managed by Colleen McLaughlin Moore.
Isabella’s Pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, pretzels, cheese or pizza quesadillas, nachos, candy, soda, Gatorade and Popsicles are available for purchase.
T-Ball, recreation baseball and softball leagues are now all underway in Carlinville.
Games continue through July 12 for baseball and through July 18 for softball leagues. Carlinville will host the girls 10-12 year-old league tournament at the end of the season.
Soccer signups for the fall leagues are also currently underway, with signups available online at carlinvilleyouthsoccer.com through July 22.
Forms may also be printed out off the park district website, carlinvilleparkdistrict.com, and returned to the park district office or mailed to PO Box 624, Carlinville, IL 62626.
Cost is $35 for city residents and $50 for out of town residents for those in pre-K through fourth grade. Fifth through eighth grade costs are $45 for city residents and $60 for non-residents.
Pre-K through second grade will play games in town; travel leagues are offered for third through eighth grade.
Once again this year, the park district is offering Red Cross Swim Lessons. There are four different sessions.
The first lessons, which are morning lessons only take place June 4 to 14 for five different levels: First time beginner; Secondary beginner; Advanced Beginner; Intermediate and Intermediate 2. Times are 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
This year, evening sessions will be offered with a couple of the sessions.
The second session, June 18 to 28, include both morning and evening sessions. Evening sessions will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The other two session dates are July 9-19 for morning sessions only; and July 23 through Aug. 2 for both morning and evening sessions.
Cost is $40 per session. Private lessons are available for $65, and toddler sessions for ages two to five are also available.
All of the lifeguards are American Red Cross certified.
Those lifeguards who will help out with the swim lessons this year include T.J. Sims, Loralai Wofford, Taylor Daugherty, Makayla Proctor, EJ Kahl, Elyse Lewis, Tyler Reels, Rory Drew, J.D. Byots, Michael Byots, Amanda Schmidt, Rayme Lewis, Adrianne Welte, Dustin Roberts, Lexi Egelhoff and Blake Peterson.
Drew is the head lifeguard while Peterson serves as pool manager.
Also of note, the park district does offer their building for rentals at a cost of $75 for any type of occasion.
Lifeguards at the Carlinville City Pool for the 2018 summer session, include, front row, from left, Loralai Wofford, Taylor Daugherty, Makayla Proctor, E.J. Kahl, Elyse Lewis, Tyler Reels, Rory Drew (head lifeguard) and J.D. Byots. Top row: Michael Byots, Amanda Schmidt, Rayme Lewis, Adrianne Welte, Dustin Roberts, Lexi Egelhoff and Blake Peterson (pool manager).