COLUMBIA — Another summer means another round of adjusting to the ever-changing public pool schedules in Columbia and Richland County.
In Columbia, Maxcy Gregg Pool was closed last year for renovations, leaving Greenview as the only city-run outdoor pool. This year, Greenview Pool is closed for renovations, while the sparkling new Maxcy Gregg Pool officially opens on May 25. (Or you can get a sneak preview at the Dive-In Theatre showing of Shark Tales 8-10 p.m. May 24.)
The Richland County Recreation Commissions three pools Hopkins Park, Trenholm Park and last years new facility at St. Andrews Park will be open only four days a week this year. They will be closed to the general public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, though they will be available for private rental ($175 an hour, two-hour minimum) on those days.
The county recreation agency is struggling to pay for the operation of the new parks added in a $50 million expansion. Cutting back to four days a week at the pools will save about $50,000, mostly in staffing expenses, said Kenya Bryant, assistant director of the agency.
In addition to the cuts in opening hours, the Richland County pools wont be available for open lap swimming or swimming lessons.
Public pools are money-losing operations. Thats one reason recreation agencies in Lexington County dont operate pools.
Richland County pools
Hopkins Pool, 150 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins; St. Andrews Pool, 920 Beatty Road, Columbia; Trenholm Pool, 3900 Covenant Road, Columbia. Fees, $3 ages 13-older, $2 ages 4-12, free ages 3-younger; Hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1651 Park Circle: Fees, $3 ages 13-older, $2 ages 12-younger; seasonal pass, $120 ages 13-older, $80 ages 12-younger; Hours: 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 2-6 p.m., Sunday.
Drew Wellness Center (indoor pool), Fees: $3 resident, $4 nonresident youths, $6 resident, $8 nonresident adults, $5 resident, $6 nonresident seniors; Hours, 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Sunday.