Parkes pool open for season

The warm, spring weather may have only made a brief appearance in the last two weeks, but it was enough to deem the Parkes Aquatic Centre’s opening on the October long weekend a “great start to the season”.

That’s according to pool manager and head lifeguard Shane Mann.

The numbers through the gate on opening weekend had been recorded as being down compared to previous years but this has been attributed to the ongoing wet weather.

However it hasn’t stopped a number of people from securing their season tickets early so they’re all ready to go come summer.

This year’s season tickets will be $115 for a child (5-17 years), $200 for an adult (18+ years), $90 for a concession card holder and $330 for a family.

Individual admission fees are $2.50 for a child (5-17 years), $4.50 for an adult over 18, $2.50 for a concession and $12 for a family.

Children five years and under are no charge.

Shane – who’s in his third year as manager and seventh as a lifeguard – said he always loves working at the first class facility and with local families.

He hopes 2016-17 will be a bumper season for him and his 10 lifeguards.

“There are big plans ahead for the season,” he said.

“The pool is close to 25 degrees, we have the introduction of swimming lessons run by council for the first time [which started on Monday, October 10], and we have a new inflatable for party bookings.

“We’re also planning for Viva Splash Vegas during the Elvis Festival and the Australia Day pool party.

“And we have some swimming merchandise available in the kiosk which we’ve never had before.”

Parkes siblings Jack (9), Grace (7) and Charli (4) Milne, and friend Archie Daley (8) took advantage of the few days of warm weather during the school holidays and headed to the facility.

They love playing at the pool and make regular appearances during the summer.

For more information on tickets and pool opening hours, visit Parkes Shire Council’s website.