Summertime begins: Area pools open for season

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Where to swim

Arlington

Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center, 2800 W. Sublett Road

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 7

Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, 1924 Randol Mill Park Road

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 7.

Hours, costs: naturallyfun.org/aquatics

Allen Bolden Pool, 2800 S. Center St.

Open May 31-June 1, then for summer on June 7. Closed Mondays.

Helen Wessler Play Pool, 2310 Greenway

Open May 31-June 1, then for summer on June 7. Closed Wednesdays.

Howard Moore Play Pool, 1999 Bever Blvd.

Open May 31-June 1, then for summer on June 7. Closed Mondays.

Woodland West Pool, 3200 Norwood Lane

Open May 31-June 1, then for summer on June 7. Closed Tuesdays.

Hugh Smith Indoor Pool, 1815 New York Ave

Open daily, year-round

Bedford

Bedford Splash Aquatic Center, 2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway (Bedford Boys Ranch)

Open Monday, then for the summer on May 31

Hours, costs: bedfordsplash.com

Euless

Euless Aquatic Park, 300 W. Midway Drive

Opens May 31.

South Euless Swimming Pool, Splash Island, 600 S. Main St.

Opens May 31.

Wilshire Swimming Pool, 315 Sierra Drive

Opens May 31 .

Hours, costs: www.eulesstx.gov

Grapevine

Dove Waterpark, 1509 Hood Lane

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 6

Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall-Johnson Road

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 6

Hours, costs: www.playgrapevinereg.com

Fort Worth

Forest Park Pool, 2850 Forest Park Blvd.

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 7. Closed Mondays.

Marine Aquatic Center, 303 NW 20th St.

Open Monday and May 31-June 1, then for the summer on June 7

Sycamore Spray Ground, 2525 E. Rosedale St.

Open through Sept. 1

Hours, costs: fortworthtexas.gov/athletics/aquatics

Hurst

Chisholm Aquatics Center, 2200 Norwood Drive

Open Monday, then for the summer on May 31

Central Aquatics Center, 715 Mary Drive

Open Monday, then for summer on May 31.

Hours, costs: www.hursttx.gov

Keller

The Keller Pointe, 405 Rufe Snow Drive

Open Monday, then for the summer on May 31

Hours, costs: cityofkeller.com

North Richland Hills

NRH2O, 9001 Boulevard 26

Open for summer

Hours, costs: nrh2o.com

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He has missed this.

The intoxicating smell of chlorine. The games of Marco Polo and swim tag. The sweet shock of ice cold water on a hot day.

“There is nothing better,” Christopher Flores, 11, said before he plunged into the Forest Park Pool on Sunday afternoon with his sister, Alexandra, 5. “I would swim all day if I could.”

Area pools opened for business this weekend, and happy children flocked to the water across Tarrant County for an annual rite of summer passage — the first swim of the season.

Kids jumped off diving boards and performed handstands in the water and splashed their parents. They lounged in lawn chairs or on brightly colored towels and took breaks to eat ice cream sandwiches. Lifeguards shouted “Walk” at too-eager children sprinting toward the diving board.

Flores said he and his sister spent Saturday at home, complaining about the heat, so their mother, Rosa, promised them a trip to the pool Sunday. This would be the first of many, he hopes.

“Summer means no school,” he said, “and lots of swimming.”

Nearby, Michael Serino, 4, shouted at his mom, Elizabeth, to watch his moves. He threw himself backward into the water, then reversed and belly-flopped.

Elizabeth, who held Michael’s 5-month-old brother, Anthony, said she and her family are preparing for a long trip to visit family in North Carolina. Before they leave, she wanted to fit in a swim and introduce her children to the magic of summer.

“Oh, summer,” she said. “You sit and look at the clouds and the sky. You go for long swims. And if you wake up early, it’s so beautiful and quiet.”

“Well,” she added, “at least until August.”

Sarah Bahari, 817-390-7056 Twitter: @sarahbfw

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