Wilson Park swimming pool to open Friday, June 1

All’s quiet at the Wilson Park pool, but not for long. The 2012 season begins Friday, June 1.

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The Wilson Park swimming pool will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1, city officials announced this week.

As usual, admission is free on opening day. After that, regular admission is $2 for kids ages 15 and under and $3 for adults.

The pool was originally set to be open from June 8 through Aug. 12, but will open one week early this year.

Alan Spann, the city’s recreation programs coordinator, said the decision was based on a mild winter which resulted in Fayetteville school children being released for summer break sooner than anticipated.

“With the kids being out earlier, we thought it would be nice to go ahead and get the season started,” said Spann.

Opening day on June 1 will also mark the beginning of the annual Dive-In Movie Series, presented by the Fayetteville Firefighter’s Association. Movies are free to the public and begin at sunset. The Dive-In Movie lineup is as follows:

June 1 – The Muppets
June 15 – Cars 2
July 6 – The Adventures of Tintin
July 20 – Up

A renovation project which includes work on the pool’s interior surface and surrounding deck is scheduled to begin immediately following the the 2012 season. The pool, which was originally built in the 1930s, has undergone renovations at different times throughout its history, with the most recent renovation occurring in 1997.

Wilson Park pool hours

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to noon – Swimming Lessons
noon to 1 p.m. – Adult Lap Swim
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Open Swim
5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Adult Lap Swim and Swimming Lessons
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Family Swim

Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Open Swim

*The pool is closed on Mondays