An almost 14-foot-tall pelican will greet sun seekers when a water park in Edmond opens May 26

Edmond's Pelican Bay Aquatic Center will open May 26 for the summer season. A 13-foot-8-inch-tall pelican with a large waterfall has been installed.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbaldwin@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2012
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— A nearly 14-foot-tall pelican has landed at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center for the summer season, which opens May 26.

The new $11,000 water feature is complete with a large waterfall and spraying water.

Misters and a sidewalk around the pool deck have been installed since the pool closed in September.

“We did a lot of aesthetics — a lot of painting,” said Jarad Prince, pool manager.

Hydraulic lift installed

City workers also installed a hydraulic lift that will help handicapped swimmers into the water. The lift was a federal requirement to meet Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, Prince said.

The $6,000 lift was installed in the shallow area of the lap pool.

Edmond's pool has an area with a zero-depth entry that helped with handicapped swimmers. Now, a new regulation requires more, Prince said.

The cost to swim is the same as last year — $7 for ages 6 and older. Children 5 and younger can get in for $4.

Season passes are still available. The cost is $60 for residents with an Edmond Electric utility bill and $80 for others.

Regular hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Memorial Day.

Lifeguards are still needed for the summer season at the pool, 1034 S Bryant Ave.

So far, 33 lifeguards have been hired. Prince said he is looking for a dozen more. Applicants must be certified by the American Red Cross.

For more information, call 216-7647.



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