Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Dog day to end pool year

September 7, 2006

After a busy inaugural season boosted by a wealth of hot days, the De Soto Aquatic Center will close with a whimper.

The pool will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for dogs, De Soto Parks and Recreation Director Jay Garvin said. There will be a $5 admittance fee for all dogs, he said.

"Dogs aren't on the family plan," he said.

The pool's chlorine level will be reduced for the event to make it safer for dogs, Garvin said.

"Which means we need to keep people out of the pool and from anything the animals might put in the water while they're in there," he said.

Although dog days are common season-ending events, neither Garvin nor pool manager Justin Huslig has been a part of one.

"Lawrence is having their's tonight (Tuesday), so I'll go see what's going on," Huslig said.

Dogs must be on a leash and controlled, Garvin said.

The pool will open next year with several new features added to it and its surroundings. The tot and family slide, which was purchased earlier this summer from left over contingency funds from the pool's construction budget, will be installed next week, Garvin said.

In addition, preliminary work started Tuesday to pave the parking lot west of the De Soto Community Center.

Also on Tuesday, the bid process started for the installation of playground equipment and the 20-foot by 20-foot shelter that is to be built outside the pool's gates. De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt said bids are to be opened Sept. 21

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