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Cannonball runs: Kids celebrate opening of local pools

Posted: June 20, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Lucas Forno, 12, launches into a pool at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Tuesday. The city's pools are officially open. Check the-signal.com for their schedules.

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Parents looking to shore up a bit of summer fun for their children now that the school year had ended need look no further than the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, an official said Tuesday.

The center’s latest summer swim season started with a splash June 9 and will last through September, said aquatic supervisor Lance O’Keefe.

“This is only the second day of the season,” O’Keefe said Tuesday. “By the third week we’ll have seen people here multiple times.”

By 3 p.m., more than 370 swimmers had checked in at the center to beat the near-90-degree summer heat; most were children, O’Keefe said.

“There’s a good three-to-one ration of children versus parents,” he said. “The Aquatics Center gives the kids a chance to expend their energy during the summer.”

The general purpose of the summer swim season is to provide enjoyable and safe aquatic programs for the community, O’Keefe said.

“We’ve got a lot of activities for everyone ranging from lap swims, the recreational pool, open diving, water exercise and a lot of other things,” he said. “The most popular spot here is the recreational pool.”

Friends Melissa Antonio of Stevenson Ranch and Jennifer Miles of Canyon Country were in the recreational pool area with their respective children: Joaquin Antonio, 2, Madeline Antonio, 6, Indiana Miles, 6, and Tristin Miles, 2.

“It’s a really great place to get the kids out,” Miles said. “Especially when you start to have a bigger family and things begin to get a little expensive.”

Antonio said she appreciates the educational atmosphere of the center.

“There’s lots for children to learn here,” she said, referring to the variety of swim classes and programs available at the center.

Summer swim season at the center is noon to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The fee is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

“We’re already thinking about our fall programs,” O’Keefe said. “We’re always planning four to six months in advance.”

For more information on summer season program, call 661-250-3700.

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