By Teresa Williams
THOMASVILLE — Cool off with some watery fun this summer by dipping into the pools at Butler-Mason YMCA.
“The opening of the pool kind of kicks off our summer programs and festivities,” Tom Everett, community relations director for Thomasville YMCA, said Tuesday. “There’s so much to do for all ages. There is a zero-depth pool for infants and toddlers and a next step up activity pool, and a competition pool. There is a lot to do, no matter what the ages.”
Lifeguard Haley Hankey, 16, is glad to have the job for the summer.
“I’ve seen a lot of families and young kids come to the pool,” Hankey said. “They are so excited and going swimming is a great activity for when it is hot outside.”
Melissa Korobeynikov, of Thomasville, took her two children to the opening and returned Tuesday.
“The place was packed yesterday, but it is lighter today,” she said. “I love it here. There is a great, fun atmosphere. I like all the lifeguards here and it makes me feel really safe.”
Her son, Haden, 3, enjoys the slides. He also likes paddling in the pool and playing with his friends.
“I think we’ll come every day,” Korobeynikov said. “As long as the weather is nice, it’s a great activity for the family.”
The pool officially opened for summer on Memorial Day. Pools are generally open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily until school resumes the first week of August (see box). Then, hours change through Labor Day.
For a complete listing of times and activities for each pool, visit www.ymca-thomasville.org.
Hours are subject to change due to lifeguard availability.
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