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Suit yourself, then dive in

Going to the pool?

Here’s what you need to know:

• Pool opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. Season closes Aug. 16.

• Regular pool hours are 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

• Season tags can be purchased for $25 at the park and recreation office or the pool.

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• Daily admission is $3 a person or $2 after 5 p.m.

• Pool can be rented on weekend evenings for $100 to $135 per hour, depending on how much of the facility is used.

• The American Red Cross is offering four sessions of swimming lessons this year for swimmers of all ages and levels. The first session will begin Monday. Register for lessons at the park and recreation office.

By Karen Colbenson

kcolbenson@postbulletin.com

Austin Municipal Pool will be making its summer splash debut on Saturday, a week later than usual.

Austin’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry voted this spring to cut the pool season by two weeks because of budget constraints. The pool will close on Aug. 16, one week earlier than usual. The cost-saving measure is expected to save the city $15,674.

Kim Underwood, director of the parks and recreation department, said she doesn’t expect the early closing to dramatically affect users because pool attendance generally declines after the Mower County Fair in August.

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Hours change, option added

Pool hours also will change. The city is offering a new option of renting the pool for private events.

The pool will be closed to the public at 6:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays to allow for private party rentals starting at 7 p.m. Evening open swim hours in the past ran from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Underwood said she is hopeful the new option will generate more interest in the pool and some extra revenue.

"It gives people another option for parties and family gatherings," said Underwood.

The main pool, slide, diving well and tot lot can be rented for $150 per hour, or without the tot lot for $135. Another option is to rent just the main pool and slide for $100 an hour.

For more information, go to Postbulletin.com/weblinks.

Austin Pool information

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