May is National Water Safety Month and Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center is getting ready to open for the 2022 season.
Open swim hours at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave., will be Thursdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Saturdays 1:30-5:30 p.m. and Sundays with extended hours 1:30-7:30 p.m., beginning May 28. We will be including special hours on Memorial Day, May 30, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. as well.
The admission fee for the pool is $2 for youth 17 and under and $3 for adults. The limited public swim hours are due to a lack of staffing. Parks and Recreation has been recruiting lifeguards and swim instructors since January and positions are still open. Follow us on social media and check out our website, www.apachejunctionaz.gov/aquatics for the most up to date information on public swim hours.
To help keep your family safe in and around the water this summer, Parks and Recreation offers swim lessons for ages six months and up. We are transitioning from American Red Cross swim lessons to Starfish Swim School. Swim lessons are held in the mornings and evenings and are split into two-week sessions with five different sessions being offered during the season. Register your children and on the first day of lessons, the swim instructors will do a quick assessment using benchmarks provided by Starfish to properly determine which class they will be in. For those that live in the Apache Junction Unified School District and need fee assistance for swim lessons, stop by the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction, and pick up information on our scholarship program.
For families with children under 5 years, join us for Read and Rec Poolside on Saturdays, June 11, July 9 and August 6 from 9:30-11 a.m. The library staff will have a fun book and activity, followed by swim time with the aquatics staff.
We will also be providing a variety of aquatic fitness opportunities at the pool. Check out Water Aerobics, Water Tone and Sculpt or Aqua Zumba if you like group classes or adult lap swim for another great option to exercise at the pool. Dance and splash your way to a great workout!
Superstitions Shadows Aquatic Center will also be hosting special events throughout the summer.
April Pools Day is a free water safety event on April 30 put on by Parks and Recreation, the Apache Junction Police Department and the Superstition Fire and Medical District. Come learn from various vendors about water safety, have time to swim in the pool and eat hot dogs! Pre-registration is required for a one-hour timeslot. Register online or at the MGC by April 29.
Fit Families Pool Night is a free event for families to enjoy some fun ways to get fit and recreate together at the pool. The event is Friday, May 27, from 6-8 p.m. Children 7 and under must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times.
Itty Bitty Beach Party will be held Friday, June 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is $3 and is open to kids 6 and under. There will be swimming, games and prizes! All children 7 and under must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times.
Teen Night is Friday, July 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and all teens between the ages of 13-17 years old are welcome. Come and participate in a variety of activities including volleyball, open swim, music, games and competitions! Pizza and drinks are included with the price of admission.
Dive-In movies are set for August 13 (Luca) and Sept. 10 (Hook) at 7:30 p.m. Fee is $3 per person.
Outside food is allowed into the facility in personal sized lunchboxes/coolers. Please no large rolling coolers, alcohol or glass containers in the facility. All bags and coolers are subject to search.
Please remember when purchasing lifejackets and flotation suits/devices for your kids that you need to look for the U.S. Coast Guard-approved statement. Non-Coast Guard approved items will not be allowed in the facility. This includes blow up arm floaties, flotation rings, baby floats, etc.
More information on all aquatic and parks programs can be found in the Summer Citizen brochure online at www.apachejunctionaz.gov/parks or pick one up at the Multi-Generational Center. Follow us on social media for up-to-date information.
For more details on these programs please contact Jill Ruot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-474-5240. For other program and service information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 480-983-2181 or visit our website at www.apachejunctionaz.gov/parks.