While the Ardmore Community Water Park is still one month away from opening, the crew at Parks and Recreation is already getting everything prepared for the summer. Beginning next week, they will start accepting reservations for parties, and later in May they will begin taking enrollments for free swimming lessons.
Assistant Director Alicia Henry said they will begin accepting reservations for private parties on May 1.
“If you want the park all to yourself, this is what you’ll want to reserve,” Henry said. In addition to the private parties, she also mentioned the birthday party package that will now be in its second year.
“The birthday party package is more of an all inclusive structure, but you don’t get the whole pool for yourself,” Henry said. “This package has hours set during a certain time on a Saturday or Sunday. You get the pavilion reserved, and we will provide the cupcakes or a cake for your party.”
Also included in the birthday party package are plates, hotdogs, chips and a drink. Henry said they will start taking reservations for these parties on May 2.
Later in the month, Ardmore Parks and Recreation will start sign ups for free swim lessons.
“We have different levels and different times scheduled for everyone from babies all the way through to adults,” Henry said. “The sign up will be on May 20, 21 and 22 here at the park office, so we will be able to help anyone wanting to sign up for lessons.”
She said the different classes are scheduled beginning on June 3, running through the end of July. The level one classes last for one week, and the level two classes last for two weeks.
She said that as long as people get into the correct course everyone should pass and have a great time learning.
Director Teresa Ervin said in the past people signed up and never attended a class.
“It’s extremely important that if people sign up for swim lessons, they follow through and show up when they are scheduled,” Ervin said. “If you take a spot and don’t show up, that can eliminate others who really want and need the swim lessons.”