Jennyne Pinter, jpinter@bossierpress.org

The first day of summer is still a few weeks away, but Bossier Parish is already feeling the heat.  While many are keeping cool by staying close to the air conditioner, others try to make the best of a hot situation by jumping into one of Bossier’s public pools.

The Shed Road Pool is now open from 12-5:45 and the Mike Woods Pool on Dennis Street opens from 12-6:45.  The cost for open swim is $2 for adults, $1 for 17 and under, and season-passes are also available at $35/person or $75/family of 4.

Kathy Heard works at the entrance Shed Road Pool during the summer while on break from her job at the school board.

“I like being around the kids, so it works out,” Heard said.  “We’re a community pool and we’re open from 12-6 daily for open swim.  You have to have bathing suits. We do offer swim lessons and we do four sessions here at 10, 11, 6 and 7.  Our sister pool is Mike Woods Pool, and they do swim lessons there too.”

The cost of lessons for children or adults is $40 per session. The pools’ lifeguards provide the swimming lessons.

“We’ve been busy so far this summer!” Heard remarked, stating that most traffic comes through between the hours of 2-4.

The Shed Road Pool is 12 feet at its deep end, but does not allow diving.

“Mike Woods has a diving pool and slides.  It’s an olympic size pool and it has seven guards on duty while we have 4.”

Although outside food and drinks are not allowed poolside, picnics and snacks at either of the parks adjacent to the pools are allowed.  The Shed Road Community Playfields offer shaded tables, playgrounds, ballfields and tennis courts, and those amenities plus hiking/walking trails and frisbee fields are available at Mike Woods Memorial park.

Indoor activities such as going to the movies, Sci-Port, roller skating and bowling all see increases in attendance during these hot out-of-school months, but swimming offers a refreshing way to exercise your whole body and have fun at the same time.

“In this heat,” said Molly Webb, mother of two visiting from Idaho, “There isn’t really much else for them to do.  And I’ll be darned to have them staring at their phones all day. And it’s cheap — it’s something they can do a lot of and still have money left for other things.  And besides that, they get really tired out and I get to catch up on my reading. Can’t beat it!”

The pools will remain open through sometime in late August, with closures only on Sundays and holidays.