Locals flock to city pools to cool off

Today marks the opening of National Aquatics Week as celebrated by the National Recreation and Park Association and thousands of city and county associations nationwide.

Kingman has two pools for public use: the Downtown Pool off Grandview Avenue and the Centennial Park Pool on Harrison Street.

"I think having two pools is great," said Dennis Martin, who swims four times per week.

"I live in Canyon Shadows, so I don't go downtown."

Martin, an 18-year resident, is a retired insurance agent, who moved here from Ontario, Canada.

There were no community pools there at the time of his move, he said.

"Centennial is a wonderful pool," Martin said.

"I'm just surprised more people don't use it.

"I guess a lot of people stay home and watch soap operas."

Les Hughes, a retiree from Southern California Edison, swims daily at the Centennial Park Pool.

He previously lived in San Bernardino, Calif.

"We had several pools there, but I didn't use them much because I was busy working," Hughes said.

"I like having two pools (in the community), but there probably should be more of them.

I'd like to see one at the park on the north side of Jagerson Avenue and more activities for our youth as the kids need things to do."

Dorothy Anderson moved to Kingman one year ago from Wisconsin.

She and her friend, Elsie Curtis, who moved here nine months ago, recently went for a swim at the Centennial Park Pool when a Miner reporter asked them some questions.

"This is just my second time here, but it's great," Curtis said.

"I used to live in Sacramento.

They had community pools there, but we had our own backyard pool."

Anderson said the only public pool in Stevens Point, Wis., was at the local YMCA.

"I haven't been to the pool downtown, but this one is fabulous," Anderson said.

"My husband and I bought a pass and go here two or three times a week.

"I can't believe more people don't use this facility."

Kristie Daniel moved to Kingman 8.5 years ago from Memphis, Tenn.

She goes swimming four times a week, occasionally at the downtown pool.

"I suppose they had pools in Memphis," Daniel said.

"But I had toddlers to take care of so I didn't swim much."

Keith Adams, superintendent of recreation for the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department, said he is uncertain of when the downtown pool opened but it was well over 50 years ago.

"Back in the early days, the bath house was not there so you entered off Grandview Street," he said.

"There was both a high and low dive in the deep end in those days and it was all blacktop with no grass around the pool.

"In the late 1970s or early 1980s was when they put in grass, ripped up the blacktop and put in concrete decks.

About the same time was when the bath house was built on Gold Street where you come in now and find lockers and showers."

Adams estimates 100-110 people visit the downtown pool daily and about 150 people swim daily in the Centennial Park Pool.

"The Centennial Pool was built in 1982 as part of the bond issue for the park," he said.

"Tennis and racquetball courts and softball fields also were put in at the time.

"I've been here 17 years and what we've done (at Centennial Park Pool) is remodel, improve and upgrade where we can.

We did a Fiberglas job on the shell 10 years ago and the decks were redone, and then nine years ago we put in the water slide."

The chlorine delivery system at both pools was upgraded two years ago, Adams said.

Open swimming is offered daily at both locations from 1 p.m.

to 5 p.m., along with night swims from 7 p.m.

to 9 p.m.

For more information on pool activities, call the Centennial Pool office at 757-7910 or Grandview Pool office at 753-8155.