The school year is nearly over. As the hot summer months stretch out in front of us, the City of Tallahassee has lots of ways for you to beat the heat. The easiest way is to take a trip to one of the City pools for refreshing fun in the sun. Taking a dip isn’t the only option though!
All City pools open with their regular hours for the season on May 31. City pools include the Trousdell Aquatics Center, Forestmeadows Pool, Jack McLean Aquatics Center, Walker Ford Pool, Robinson Trueblood Pool at Dade Street, Levy Pool and Wade Wehunt Pool at Myers Park. Pool fees, rules and hours of operation are available on Talgov.com. The only cost to swimmers is the pool entrance fee. The fees vary depending on pool, swimmer age and pool activity. Pool patrons can also save money by purchasing multi-visit passes or an annual pass. Lifejackets will be provided upon request at no charge.
If swimming isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other places to enjoy the natural beauty of Tallahassee while staying cool.
One of the most popular features of Cascades Park is the interactive water feature – Imagination Fountain. It’s open daily 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The music, water and lights show plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Being aware of the heat and its potential health risks is important when enjoying the outdoors during this time of year. The best defense against heat-related illnesses is prevention. Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control to help you make the most of your summer fun while remaining safe.
· Drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
· Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. These actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
· Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
· Try to rest often in shady areas.
· NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. This applies to pets, too!
All City parks and pools are run by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA). For more information, visit Talgov.com, like PRNA on Facebook or following @COTParks on Twitter.