Columbia city pools a big splash on first day
Summer officially begins June 21, but on a sunny Saturday with the temperature hovering near 90, Columbia got the season started early by opening the city’s pools and splash pads.
“I just love swimming and I’d never been on the waterslide before,” said 7-year-old Keith Bullock during a break from his aquatic fun at Greenview Pool. Opening day brought people of all ages to Greenview and Maxcy Gregg pools, the Drew Park splash pad, and a dozen spray pools scattered across the city.
As her grandchildren dashed in and out of the water at Drew Park, Kim Boone said she enjoyed watching as much as they enjoyed playing.
“It’s just so good to see them so excited,” she said. “I think it’s just wonderful that the city has places like this for families.”
The splash pad and spray pools are free and open to the public. At Maxcy Gregg pool and Greenview pool (which also includes a waterslide), entry fees are $3 for ages 12 and under and $4 for teens and adults.
At Greenview, Jeff Green said he thought it was a bargain. “I’ve got three kids,” he said. “This is a lot cheaper than taking them to a movie and they have a lot more fun out here, and it’s good for them to be out here exercising.”
Season tickets are available at Maxcy Gregg for $80 for children and $120 for teens and adults. Swimming lessons are offered at Greenview and Maxcy Gregg for $35 per session.
For a full list of addresses and operating hours for Columbia’s pools and splash pads, visit the city’s website. The swim season will continue through Labor Day (Sept. 4).