Enjoys Tot Time

Zach Sloan enjoys himself at tot time at the Washington Aquatics Complex.

A dedication ceremony to rename the Washington city pool will take place this Saturday, May 26, which is opening day for the 2012 pool season.

At 12:30 p.m. city officials and community members will dedicate the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex.

Nolting, who passed away in April 2011, was employed by the city as a longtime pool manager.

Mayor Sandy Lucy will be the master of ceremonies and speakers will include Theresa Humble, Jo Nolting-Phinney and Jerry Jasper

A sign unveiling also will take place.

In late 2011, the city agreed to rename the pool after Nolting.

“She has given us many years of service and I think it’d be a fitting tribute,” said Bill Kackley, park board member, last year.

Nolting served as a sublifeguard, lifeguard/swim instructor and head lifeguard. She served as pool manager for about 17 years.

She began teaching swimming lessons in the early 1970s and in 1975 received her instructor certification from the American Red Cross.

In 2003, she was presented the first “Agnes Nolting Excellence in Aquatics” award for the Washington Hall of Fame display at city hall.

A plaque engraved with her picture is displayed on the Hall of Fame wall outside the city council chambers.

The award is given to individuals who have promoted youth swimming and aquatic programs in Washington.

Nolting also was involved in many other organizations in the community, including the Girl Scouts and sponsoring the Washington High School color guard.

Pool Hours, Costs

The aquatics complex will be open from 12:30-8 p.m. seven days a week.

Admission prices will remain the same as last year.

Daily admission is $4 for adults age 12 and up and $2.50 for children age 11 and under.

Group passes for up to five people will cost $99. Each additional person added to the group pass will cost $10 each. No more than eight people may be included on a group pass.

Season passes for children age 11 and under will cost $50 and adult season passes will cost $65.

Punch cards, good for 10 visits, will cost $25 for adults and $15 for children.

The pool is available to be rented for private parties Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 p.m.

The rental fee is $250 for the leisure or main pool.

The city has ordered new aquatic lifts for wheelchair users, which is a new requirement to make all public pools compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

A safety vacuum release system, required by changes to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Act, is being installed this week at the main and leisure pools.

The leisure pool will close for the season Sunday, Aug. 5, and the entire complex will close Sunday, Aug. 12.

For more information on swim lessons and other classes and activities at the pool, people may call the parks office at 636-390-1080 or the pool at 636-390-1083 after May 25.