Belle Plaine’s long-awaited Aquatic Center opened Friday, August 2, with a splash and a great turn-out for the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration.

Kids of all ages stood in line in anticipation of the opening. The first in line and in the pool were seven-year-old Nolan Crooks, ten-year-old Sean Crooks and ten-year-old Eric Hoff.

Last Friday, the pool was packed with those waiting to use the multiple slides, diving boards, current pools, and multiple other attractions.

City leaders stated that the grand opening and ongoing operations for the pool have gone swimmingly.

City Administrator Dawn Meyer reiterated at Monday’s city council meeting that there are periods on Thursdays and Sundays during which Belle Plaine families can enjoy the Aquatic Center for free.

The periods, which will be specified and announced on the city’s web site and on social media, will span three to four hours and will also facilitate those with season passes.

Meyer commented that she has heard many Belle Plaine residents state that they did not know about the policy, which had also been in existence while the old swimming pool was in operation.

The length of this year’s season has not yet been announced, so patrons are encouraged to check the city’s web site in the next week or so for updates. On Tuesday, August 6, the city’s web site stated that the pool will be open until August 11, with future times to be announced.

Admission is $6 per session for non-residents and $3 for residents. Children 3 years old and younger are free.

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