With the return of summer, community members are heading out to the Webster City Outdoor Pool to beat the heat.
Pool Manager Morgan Moline said attendance dipped slightly due to frequent rain and severe weather in June. However, she said the pool has kept busy on hot and even cool days with fair skies.
Moline began managing the pool this year. When she returned to Webster City from college for summer vacation, Fuller Hall officials asked if she would take the job.
Caleb Olson leaps off of a diving board at the Webster City Outdoor Pool on Wednesday.
"I was thrilled to be able to have this new experience," Moline said. "I really like it so far."
Moline has worked with the Recreation and Public Grounds Department since she was 15 years old. She's worked at the front desk and concessions areas of the pool, helped coach basketball at Fuller Hall and began lifeguarding last year.
This year, Moline said the pool is bringing back a reward system for staff members. Those who do excellent work are given colored beads to wear. For instance, Moline said if a lifeguard makes an exceptional save, they are given a red bead. Colored beads are also awarded to staff members for good work in public relations, management, and referrals from pool users among several others. Moline said if pool visitors want to acknowledge an exceptional staff member, they should talk to her at the pool.
"It's a good way to recognize them and the hard work that they've put in through their years here," Moline said.
The Outdoor Pool will be open through Aug. 18 this year. Adult lap swimming is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open swimming is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aquacise classes are being offered at the pool this summer from July 7 to Aug. 18 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration is at the Outdoor Pool. For more information and program fees, contact Fuller Hall at 832-9193. Moline said an Aquatots class will also begin in mid-July.