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Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Front & Center: Spokane aquatics director Carl Strong keeps the city’s pools splashy

Carl Strong oversees Spokane’s pools and discusses the qualities he looks for in lifeguard applicants, and what he’d like to do better.


Shawn Vestal: Pools are closing; have we gone off the deep end?

Summer has finally arrived in Spokane, just in time for the city to close the pools. Well – close the pools to people, that is.


Coalition to provide swim passes for city, county low-income kids

Invoking an image of kids peering through a fence at other children splashing in a public pool on a hot summer day, a Spokane-area coalition announced a plan on Tuesday …


City’s pool fees to double

Less than two years after the Spokane Park Board started charging a fee to use the city’s swimming pools, the board voted Friday to double the rate. Youth ages 4 …


Spokane Park Board considers higher pool fees

Less than two years after instituting a swimming fee for kids, the Spokane Park Board may double the rate to $2. Park officials say the fee hike won’t come close …


County parks chief urges pool closure

Spokane County’s Holmberg swimming pool would close indefinitely under a plan presented to commissioners Tuesday. Parks Director Doug Chase said Holmberg pool, at 9615 N. Wall St., was little-used this …


Fundraising group offering free swim passes

This was the first summer that children had to pay to go swimming in city pools. Anticipating the hardship that would create for some families, the Spokane Parks Foundation created …


Girl’s drowning death under investigation

The Spokane County medical examiner is investigating the apparent drowning death on Sunday afternoon of a 9-year-old girl in the Indian Trail area of Spokane.


Gray skies close Spokane County pools

Spokane County swimming pools are being closed today as a result of cool and cloudy weather.


Economics shouldn’t jeopardize kids’ safety in the water

The reminders come every year, sometimes as tragedy, sometimes as relief. A child drowns, or almost does. Last week, there were two near misses – a 3-year-old girl at Witter …


Spokane pools closed by rain today

Swimming pools in Spokane and Spokane County are being closed today due to rain and cool temperatures.


Spokane pools set to open today

City of Spokane pools will open for business today.


Group seeks to offset swim fees

The Spokane Parks Foundation called a meeting Tuesday evening to coordinate fundraising toward bringing back free swimming for some of Spokane’s children. Early last year the Spokane Park Board voted …


Crowds packed revamped Spokane pools over summer

It’s been a hot summer in Spokane, and since the pools were closed for renovation at the end of the swim season last year, there weren’t many places to take …


County reports drop in summer pool use

Spokane County’s aquatics center on the South Hill experienced quite a dip in attendance this summer in its second season of operation. “Last year we blew everything out of the …


Short but sweet

Spokane Valley’s spiffed-up swimming pools attracted more users and generated more revenue this summer than last despite a shorter season. Snow makeup days kept schools in session longer this summer …


Swimmers hitting pool after hours, officials report

Spokane’s new swimming pools are so popular that they are attracting a crowd – after the pools have closed, city parks officials said today.


Hillyard and Comstock pools opening at noon

Two new Spokane swimming pools – Hillyard and Comstock – are set to open for public swimming at noon today.


Two more public pools open next week

Two more of Spokane’s six public swimming pools are scheduled to open Wednesday, giving kids 15 days to splash and dunk their friends before the school year starts. City officials …


Cool pools are hot ticket

Shadle Park’s new swimming pool – with its multiple slides, diving board and beach-like entry – is attracting capacity crowds with long lines and sometimes long waits to get inside. …


Spokane swimmers, start your cannonballs

As a kid, James Browning was disappointed he couldn’t use the broken slide at Spokane’s Witter Pool. More than a decade later, as a lifeguard, he heard constant gripes about …


Swimming pools to open this month

Spokane Valley – Spokane Valley’s three rebuilt swimming pools will reopen later this month, each with its own ceremony and free swimming session. Valley Mission Pool’s celebration will be June …


Park board approves discount pool passes

Two weeks after its controversial decision to start charging kids to swim, the Spokane Park Board approved discount passes that will make charges cheaper for frequent pool users. Kids ages …


Doug Clark: City pulls plug on summertime fun

Fun’s over, kiddies. Life is hard. The economy sucks. It’s time you brats grew up and started suffering like your stressed-out mothers and fathers. Yep, it’s adios to Spokane’s long, …


Verner hoped to wait on pool fees

The Spokane Park Board should have delayed swim fees on kids at least until next year, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Friday. “I thought it would just be better timing …


Kids must pay to play in pools

Spokane’s long history of free swimming for kids is over. The Spokane Park Board on Thursday voted to impose a fee of $1 a visit on swimmers younger than 18, …


Pool construction could finish early

Spokane kids probably won’t have to wait until August to jump into at least a couple of the city’s six new swimming pools. And they may not have to pay …


Our View: Swimming should remain free for children

A recorded phone message at the Spokane Parks Department says that under the “best-case scenario,” Cannon and Shadle Park swimming pools could be ready for use by Aug. 1. With …


New pool-fee plan could make splash

To Willie H. Richey, charging swim fees in public pools wasn’t the way to solve park budget shortfalls. “Let us not get too shortsighted and slap the poor in the …


Park board weighing public pool fees

After a two-month break, the Spokane Park Board tonight will resume consideration of a proposal to charge children to swim in public pools.