After a slow start on a rainy Memorial Day weekend, H2O’Brien Pool in Parker has picked up in popularity as families and swimmers show their excitement for a summer without COVID-19 restrictions. …
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After a slow start on a rainy Memorial Day weekend, H2O’Brien Pool in Parker has picked up in popularity as families and swimmers show their excitement for a summer without COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s been packed pretty much nonstop,” said Bryan Gentilini, the town’s recreation supervisor for aquatics. “As soon as it hit the 80s, it’s been packed every day.”
A $2.8 million renovation of the pool was completed in June of last year, when only 250 people could attend during two three-hour reservation time blocks per day. This year, pool-goers can come and go as they please, spending as much time as they wish splashing on the new play structure or riding down the two 182-foot slides. Now, maximum capacity is back to normal at about 500 people.
“Folks have been in such great spirits, everyone has just been thrilled,” Gentilini said. “This year when they found out we were at full capacity, it was a mad dash.”
The renovation project included the addition of seating, shade areas, an entirely new indoor area including concessions and restrooms and a new play structure, among other updates.
The pool, built in 2002, is free for kids under 2 and adults 62 and older. For ages 3 to 14, it costs $5 for residents and $5.50 for non-residents. For ages 15 to 61, it costs $6 for residents and $6.50 for nonresidents.
H2O’Brien will be open every day this summer, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Aug. 8, after which it will only be open on weekends.
The pool is also looking to hire lifeguards as it experiences staffing shortages, Gentilini said.
“I’m hopeful people continue to apply,” he said.
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