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Heat's on, pool's open

Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and Castaic Lake offer summer hot spots

Posted: June 22, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Aquatics Center at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex is now open to the public.

With temperatures expected to climb into the mid-90s by the weekend, the Santa Clarita Valley has no shortage of spots in which to beat the heat. Two of the SCV's most popular spots are the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and Castaic Lake.

The Santa Clarita Aquatics Center has seen more of a trickle than a flood of visitors thus far. But as temperatures rise, so, too, will the number of guests, said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz.

So far this season, the aquatics center has steadily averaged a bit less than 250 visitors a day.

But city officials expect to see 400 to 600 visitors a day once it gets hotter outside. The center's busiest day - a Wednesday last July - saw 881 visitors.

The Santa Clarita Aquatics Center is open for recreational swimming Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Starting July 1, Castaic Lake's lower lake will be open to swimmers Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., only when and where lifeguards are on duty.

The Santa Clarita Valley will likely get a break from the dreary, cloudy weather it has been seeing. This week, the sun will be out in full force.

Temperatures could soar to 94 degrees by Friday, the National Weather Service said.


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