I have been stopped around town this past week and asked several questions, so I want to provide the answers to everyone. Yes, the photo on last week’s front page was me going down the new slide at the pool fully clothed; Yes, I ended up completely soaked at the end, but I did take off my cell phone and wallet first; Yes, it was FUN, I did it willingly and would be glad to do it again!! Often I think that we who have quite a few more candles on our birthday cake try to be too “adult” all the time and forget to have fun and play like a kid every once in a while. The kids are definitely enjoying the new slide at the swimming pool and there is always a line of children waiting to climb the ladder and have a turn. I am planning to go back for one of the adult swims and have a few more turns down the slide, without a camera present; and even I am under the 400 pound weight limit for safe use of this slide.
We have published the schedule for the swimming pool, but as the weather heats up and more kids ask what to do, it might be a good idea to repeat the information. There are regular Open Swim sessions every weekday from 10:30 am to 1:25 pm and again from 2:00 pm till 4:55 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm and again from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. These sessions are mostly for the kids, but if a child is under 9 years old they need to have a parent or adult accompany them and watch the swimming for a safer swim; and if they are nine or older they can sign in with an adult contact person and phone number and be allowed to swim on their own. The breaks allow the lifeguards a time off from their duties and the constant vigilance we expect from them, and a chance to clean up any problems around the pool. There is a Fitness Swim session everyday from 7:00 am till 8:00 am, and Adult Swimming with no kids in the pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 pm till 6:30 pm. There is also a Family Swim session for everyone in the family to enjoy the pool together on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm till 6:30 pm.
There is a charge of $1.50 per person for each session, and a season pass is available for $45.00, and this is a real bargain when you compare it to the cost of city pools in bigger towns. The pool is also available for private party rentals each evening and on Sunday, and if you would like more information about private rentals or would like to make reservations, please call the City office at 347-6449. If you need to contact someone after hours or for an emergency, there are two cell phones for the pool 347-2866 and 347-2245 that will be able to answer some questions. Again this year Mason National Bank is sponsoring the “Read to Swim” program, so if a child goes by the library and reads for an hour there is no additional charge for swimming at the pool just across the parking lot. I also want to say a special “Thank You” to the excellent lifeguards that we have this year; we could not have the pool open without enough supervision and lifeguards, and the group this year is exceptional and removes a great deal of the constant concerns from the City office about this activity.
The swimming pool is one of the fun and extra activities that the City of Mason provides to our residents to make our town a better town to call home. The new vortex slide is a great addition to this facility and one that everyone should have a chance to enjoy and have fun with, even the Mayor!! There are many good things happening around Mason, and this summer is a great time to enjoy family, friends and some of the outdoor activities. If you see a problem around town, or if you have an idea of how we can make our town better, just let us know and we will try to work and improve our hometown. The new slide at the pool was one of those ideas that someone brought up a couple of years ago, and now it will be a fun addition to the City residents of all ages for swimming seasons for years to come. This is your hometown, and together we will make it the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley