Rifle closes toddler pool

Staff report

The city of Rifle is set to open the Art Dague Pool and Waterslide on May 23, minus the toddler pool. Parks and Recreation staff recently determined it is cost prohibitive to remodel, purchase and install the circulation equipment necessary to meet current Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment standards for the operation of a toddler pool, according to a press release.

“Recognizing the value the toddler pool provides to families, it is disappointing for us to make the decision to close the toddler pool,” said Tom Whitmore, Rifle Parks and Recreation director. “Unfortunately, keeping the toddler pool operational would require a major renovation to water treatment and circulation components that would best be considered when planning a new pool facility.”

The toddler area will be converted to deck space with the existing fence remaining in place. Toddlers may accompany their parents to the toddler-friendly spray park in Centennial Park, located at 300 W. Fifth St. The spray park opens May 23 and remains open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the Labor Day weekend.

Rifle Parks and Recreation is offering a number of new programs this summer, including: junior lifeguard training, expanded swim lesson sessions, additional lap swim sessions, water polo, synchronized swimming, drop in kayaking, and athlete aqua jogging. Visit and click on the “Art Dague Pool and Waterslide” link for pool hours and the 2015 Swim Guide.

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