Swimmers catch the wave at Family Aquatic Center

By: Eric Czarnik | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 27, 2011

 Brandon Thweni of Farmington Hills takes 1-year-old nephew Landon Semaan for a dip.

Brandon Thweni of Farmington Hills takes 1-year-old nephew Landon Semaan for a dip.

Photo by Donna Agusti


WEST BLOOMFIELD — Warm weather should make summer fun at the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center’s outdoor pool go swimmingly, according to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Sue Reeves said the aquatic center’s outdoor pool typically gets busier as the temperatures get higher, which is what happened during a recent heat wave that had the mercury in the 90s for days.

“If you have a 70 degree day, it’s not very (busy). If you have a 90 degree day … we get to our limit, which is, like, 300 people on the pool deck, and have to limit entry sometimes during the day.”

Marylynn Balewski of the aquatic center said this marks outdoor pool’s 11th summer of the being open. The center also features an indoor pool.

Recently, two rules have been added for the outdoor pool, Balewski said. First, minors must be accompanied by an adult. While the pool has catered to families in the past, this new rule has made it even more family friendly, she said.

The other major rule change is that lifejackets are no longer allowed inside the pool unless the person using one has special needs. “The staff felt that it gave parents kind of a false sense of security,” she said. “We (now) find parents spending a lot more time in the pool with their children, which is great too.”

The summer’s last set of swimming lessons began in late July, but Balewski said the previous summer swim classes have been successful and full, and she doesn’t see that changing.

“People have cottages Up North. We have a lot of water around us in Oakland County,” she said. “Parents want to make sure that kids hold their own. In adults, we’ve definitely seen an upswing in the number of adults wanting to learn how to swim.”

Even the canines will be making a splash. The pool will host a “dogs only” swim Aug. 27. The dogs will be invited into the pool in groups according to size.

The West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center is located at 6200 Farmington Road in West Bloomfield Township. The outdoor pool will be available for open swim from noon-7 p.m. until Aug. 21. Resident prices for pool admission are $3 for children ages 3-15 and $5 for adults. Nonresidents pay $5 for children and $8 for adults.

To learn more, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org or call (248) 451-1901.