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Memorial Day, Donations Kick Off Pool Season

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Eight Clark County pools and water parks will open for Memorial Day weekend at noon on Saturday, May 25, kicking off the beginning of summer fun.

With the start of pool season, County pools will accept donations of new swimsuits for children. Youth swimsuits for boys and girls of all ages, six months and up, are needed and will be accepted throughout the summer.

“We have a lot of problems with people wearing basketball shorts to the pool. They have to wear a manufactured swimsuit or bathing suit. People need to make sure they don’t wear basketball shorts to the pool, because it’s a drowning hazard,” says Dave Castle, Recreation Supervisor for Desert Breeze Water Park.

Anyone who donates a swimsuit will receive a free water bottle commemorating this year’s 50th anniversary of the County’s Parks and Recreation Department. The water bottles will be given away while supplies last.

“Our pools and outdoor water parks provide a fun and safe place to beat our desert heat all summer long,” said Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “Donating a swimsuit to a child in need is a great way to get the summer off to a good start for families that are struggling economically.”

Last summer, more than 125,000 people attended open swim sessions at County pools and our aquatics facilities hosted more than 32,000 swim lessons and classes. ClarkCounty’s Parks and Recreation Department employs about 300 staff members aged 15 ½ and up to run summertime aquatics facilities and programs. The following pools and water parks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over Memorial Day weekend:

  • HollywoodWater      Park at 1550 S. Hollywood
  • CambridgeWater       Park at 3930 Cambridge St.
  • ParadiseWater       Park at 4770 Harrison Drive
  • ParkdaleWater       Park at 3200 Ferndale St.
  • WalnutWater       Park at 3085 Cecile Ave.
  • DesertBreeze       WaterPark, 8275 Spring Mountain Road

The County’s aquatics facilities offer swimming lessons in two-week sessions throughout the summer. Online registration began May 18. Schedules are posted on line for each facility location since class offerings vary. Swimming lessons are an important key in preventing drownings.

The Parks and Recreation Department and ClarkCounty’s Fire and Building departments are partners in the Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition’s annual ABC&D’s of Drowning Prevention Campaign. Safety tips to prevent drownings include:

  •  A = Adult supervision refers to designating an adult who can swim to actively supervise children around water. Hire a lifeguard for pool parties and social gatherings around water.
  • B = Barriers refers to the installation of layers of protection between your home and your pool to ensure safety, including perimeter fences at least 60 inches high, securing and alarming dog doors so children can’t crawl through them, and spa safety covers.
  • C = Classes, including swim lessons and CPR, are a must for family members.
  • D = Devices such as life jackets, personal flotation devices and rescue tools create a safe pool environment.

A list of locations and various programs offered at each facility and related fees can be found on our Parks and Recreation Department website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

 

 

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