Wow it does not seem that we could be at that point in the year yet, but as summer winds down and school starts up the pools in our city parks will be closing. The Laramie Parks and Recreation department has announced that the splash pad in Undine Park will close on August 24th and that the outdoor pool at the Laramie Recreation Center will close on August 27th. However it is not to late to take the kids out for one last dose of summer fun; the splash pad is open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM and the recreation center’s pool is open daily from 12 Noon to 6:30 PM. Either place is great to take the kids, but the recreation center’s pool might be better for those a little older in age, while the splash pad will entertain the children for hours and is 100% free! Paul Harrison of the parks and recreation department mentioned that the pools in Washington and Undine parks have been free for years and that the city plans to keep them this way in the future to give citizens a fun place to utilize in the summer time.

The wading pool in Washington Park actually closed early this year due to mechanical failures and will not re-open until next summer. The pool is about 40 years old and was redone in 1995, but this year’s intense cotton in the park wreaked havock on the pool’s filtration system causing it to crack under pressure. Paul Harrison mentioned that “even when [they] were cleaning the filters every hour the cotton was just too much”. Instead of repairing the current filtration system with only a few weeks of normal operation to go, the Parks and Recreation department is planning to re-engineer the whole filtration system in the pool to handle the cotton so things run more smoothly next summer. When asked whether or not the city has plans to replace the whole pool because of its age Paul Harrison mentioned that “replacement of the pool is not currently in the city’s 5 year plan, but at some point [they] would like to convert the pool to a splash pad”. Apparently the splash pad at Undine Park has been extremely popular and they believe it makes the most sense to move in this direction with the pool area.

With that being said make sure to get out and enjoy the nice weather as it lasts!