Thursday, June 5, 2014

Boise Kids Welcome Summer at Pools, Parks; Foodbank Launches Another Year of 'Picnic in Park'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM

For some sticklers, the first day of summer is June 21; for others, it's Memorial Day weekend. But for thousands of Boise school kids, who probably slept in this morning on this—the first day of summer vacation—today has a big circle on the calendar.

Wednesday, June 4, was the final day of classes in Boise K-12 schools and that means the city of Boise's public outdoor pools are again going full tilt. Boise Parks and Recreation reminds parents that children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Each of the pools—Borah, Fairmont, Lowell, South, the Natatorium and Ivywild—open at 1:30 p.m. each day. Borah, Fairmont, Ivywild and the Natatorium are wheelchair accessible.

The Natatorium has something new this year: geothermal heat. An agreement with the Boise Warm Springs Water District is allowing the city to eliminate three natural gas-powered boilers as a primary source of heat at the Nat. The Natatorium includes three pools: the main 240,000-gallon pool for swimming lessons, laps and recreational swimming, a 10,000-gallon kiddie pool, and another 10,000-gallon pool serving as splashdown area at the base of the 120-foot Hydrotube slide.

Meanwhile, Park and Rec's popular mobile recreation vans will begin visiting the city's public parks beginning next Monday, June 9.

And the Idaho Foodbank will launch its "Picnic in the Park" summer lunch program, offering more than 54,000 midday meals at 26 sites for 54 days.

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