Spray park, wading pools open in Lawton

Spray park, wading pools open in Lawton

LAWTON, Okla._The city swimming pool in Lawton will not be open this year, despite the fact that the water restrictions were lifted last month.

The city says crews normally have about two months to make the routine repairs needed to open the large pool, the smaller wading pools and splash parks. This year, they had less than one month, and some of the problems they found were too extensive to fix in such a short time.

"I was sad that none of the pools were open," said 9-year-old Ariyana.

Ariyana says going swimming at Harmon Park is something she looks forward to every year.

"We're playing a few games like Marco and tossing the ball around," she said.

Valeri Jackson, a parent, says she has been looking for a place to take her kids so they wouldn't be stuck in the house all summer.

"Stuck in the house with them, cause where we live they don't have it. We had a swimming pool, but it popped. So, I am glad this opened," said Jackson.

Harmon Park opened to the public Tuesday, and Jackson says she is now breathing a sigh of relief that her four children have somewhere to go for the summer.

"They were excited. My 2-year-old was screaming the whole way here, so they were excited and he loves it. He doesn't care that it's cold," said Jackson.

Meanwhile, about four miles away at the spray park, workers are making repairs to the water filtration system attached to the water pump. The spray park is expected to open Thursday, but two pools won't be opening at all this year.

The oldest wading pool in the city at 35th Division Park remains empty with surface repairs needing to be made, and the gates are still locked at the Lawton city pool because the pump system and surface aren't expected to be repaired until August.

Harmon Park pool caretaker Leecherrie Arthur says as long as the pool is open, she expects it to stay busy all summer long.

"Almost 30 kids. I couldn't let them all in here. Only because I let 25 in here at a time and then we had people leave so I said 'y'all come on in.' Babies started crying 'I want to go swimming,'" said Arthur.

The spray park and wading pools are open from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the spray park is open from noon until 6:00 p.m.