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Oklahoma City swimming pools, spraygrounds open for 2019 season

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Charlotte Collado, 6, walks through falling water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Oklahoma City's pools and spraygrounds opened for the season on Saturday. [Nate Billings photos/The Oklahoman]
Charlotte Collado, 6, walks through falling water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Oklahoma City's pools and spraygrounds opened for the season on Saturday. [Nate Billings photos/The Oklahoman]

Swimming pools, spray grounds, splash pads and water slides are open again in Oklahoma City for the 2019 summer season.

There are two main aquatic centers that opened Saturday — Will Rogers and Earlywine aquatic centers.

Once there were numerous pools in neighborhoods across the city, but pools were closed and spray grounds opened over the last few decades.

Oklahoma City parks records show the first swimming pool the city opened was in 1910 when a wading pool opened at Winans Park, NW 22 and N Broadway Ave.

By 1939, the city had five pools. The current Will Rogers Aquatic Center pool opened in 1950. Today it features diving boards, water slides and a splash pad.

As the city grew in the 1950s and 1960s, more neighborhood pools were built, some called junior pools with a deep ends of only 3 feet. The pools were filled with fresh water every morning with bleach additives, and then drained at the end of the day. At one time the city maintained 50 pools.

But over the years budget cuts resulted in many swimming pools being removed. By 1995, the two main pools would be at Will Rogers Park and Woodson. Earlywine opened in 2000. By 2005 spray grounds were replacing junior pools.

Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center, 3201 N Grand Boulevard, continues to draw a steady crowd of swimmers through the summer. And Earlywine Aquatic Center, 3101 SW 119, is open for the southwest side of the city.

The pools opened Saturday and will be open Memorial Day, weather permitting.

Two community pools in Oklahoma City will open June 3.

The Northeast Pool is located at 1226 NE 33 and the Woodson Pool, 3405 S May Ave. They will be open June 3 through Aug. 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Also, the Foster Indoor Pool is open year-round at 614 NE 4.

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<strong>Camdyn Hubbard, 7, jumps into the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center.</strong>

Camdyn Hubbard, 7, jumps into the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center.

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8606b0e2023fc592f6e7a79067226e7f.jpg" alt="Photo - Camdyn Hubbard, 7, jumps into the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. " title=" Camdyn Hubbard, 7, jumps into the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. "><figcaption> Camdyn Hubbard, 7, jumps into the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fbca4d9d0076ccd41897833a6ff7ff47.jpg" alt="Photo - Braedon Conrad, 8, lands in the pool at the bottom of a water slide Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. " title=" Braedon Conrad, 8, lands in the pool at the bottom of a water slide Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. "><figcaption> Braedon Conrad, 8, lands in the pool at the bottom of a water slide Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ac2cde7f12470ad83adf40e3987a5598.jpg" alt="Photo - Sarah Rowland holds daughter Zuri, 3, in the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. " title=" Sarah Rowland holds daughter Zuri, 3, in the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. "><figcaption> Sarah Rowland holds daughter Zuri, 3, in the water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-371035d00d3a48c73fd83602fd5ccb53.jpg" alt="Photo - Brooklyn Rowland, 7, middle, walks to the water in front of sister Zuri, 3, Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. " title=" Brooklyn Rowland, 7, middle, walks to the water in front of sister Zuri, 3, Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. "><figcaption> Brooklyn Rowland, 7, middle, walks to the water in front of sister Zuri, 3, Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6f7805683507020018984797b30dc6f0.jpg" alt="Photo - Charlotte Collado, 6, walks through falling water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Oklahoma City's pools and spraygrounds opened for the season on Saturday. [Nate Billings photos/The Oklahoman] " title=" Charlotte Collado, 6, walks through falling water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Oklahoma City's pools and spraygrounds opened for the season on Saturday. [Nate Billings photos/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Charlotte Collado, 6, walks through falling water Saturday at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Oklahoma City's pools and spraygrounds opened for the season on Saturday. [Nate Billings photos/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Robert Medley

Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma... Read more ›

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