Wearing brightly colored bathing suits, launching cannonballs in the water or yelping in excitement, children kicked off the summer swimming season as Lexington's aquatic centers opened Saturday.
Ashton Brimhall took a spin around the water slide at the Southland Aquatic Center during the free Poolapalooza pool party that also featured music, games and prizes. "It's really fun," Ashton said of the slide.
Woodland Aquatic Center drew Jon-Michael Brothers, 19, a New York native who works summers in Lexington on a thoroughbred farm. "It's a great place for people to come and cool off," Brothers said
"What a great social scene. The parents get involved; they talk to one another while keeping an eye on their kids in the pool. I love it here."
Though the crowd tipped in the favor of sunscreen-lathered children, parents seemed to enjoy Woodland as well. "This entire facility is amazing," said Amy Hand, 48, a Chicago resident visiting for the weekend with her three kids.
Besides Southland on Hill-n-Dale Road and Woodland on Old Park Avenue, the city's aquatic centers include Castlewood on Parkview Avenue and Tates Creek on Gainesway Drive. The city's remaining pools open June 5.
Daily admission to aquatic centers is $4 for youths 15 and under, $5 for adults 16 and older, according to the city's Web site. Season pool passes are available. The large pools are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday (Southland opens at 10 a.m.) and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Hand's 10-year-old, Teddie, summed up the attractions. "I like the diving boards. I like flying through the air."
Mark Ashley contributed to this story.