It’s been a busy few weeks for Russell Springs City Pool manager Hollie Miller and the staff at the pool, which employs 11 lifeguards this summer.
The pool opened on Memorial Day and has had a steady stream of visitors since opening, Miller said.
“It has been awesome,” Miller said. “Since opening on Memorial Day weekend, it has been fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We’ve had anywhere from 100-150 on the weekends, which is marvelous, and even had some good crowds through the week.”
New this year is Tuesday Night Swim. Miller said this usually involves a theme. This Tuesday, the theme was Tropical Tuesday. Other themes, like a beach theme, are planned throughout the summer.
“We’ll have beach balls and stuff like that for people to play with,” Miller said. “It will be fun.”
The cost for entrance is $4, and Tuesday Night Swim is from 7-9 p.m.
Miller is also excited about a children’s program starting in July at the pool.
Hailey Miller and Jera Dunbar, two local teachers, will be providing a program for about 15 children per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program will include a story hour time, snack, activities, and some swim time.
The concession stand also now has an air fryer, so the pool’s concession area will now offer items such as cheese sticks, bagel bites, waffle fries, etc. The city also purchased a shaved ice maker for the concession stand, so shaved ice is now available.
“We have a lot of different things in the concession stands now,” Miller said.
After COVID restrictions reduced what the pool was able to do, Miller said it’s exciting to be returning to more normal pool operations.
“We had to have everyone sit 6 feet apart, we had signs and tape up, and limited the number of people that came,” Miller said. “It was still a really good year, but we’re back to more of a normal this year.”
The normal pool hours are as follows:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12-5 p.m.
Individual passes are available for $35. Normal admission is $5. There will not be family passes this season.
Miller also reminds people headed to the pool this summer that smoking isn’t allowed in the pool area.