With summer just around the corner, Kingsville Parks and Recreation is preparing to reopen the Brookshire Pool to the public beginning next Friday, May 31.
“We’re ready to rock and roll,” Parks Director Susan Ivy said.
In the past couple of years, the Brookshire Pool has undergone nearly $500,000 in renovations and upgrades.
In 2017, the City of Kingsville installed a new pool liner, coping and diving board, increased shaded areas around the deck and upgraded the pool’s security and sound systems.
Last year, a kiddie pool and splash area were installed, and the deck underwent a complete renovation overhaul.
“With all of the renovations, it’s almost an entirely new pool,” Ivy said.
Open swim will be from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Teens Only swim, for teenagers between 13-18 years old, will be on Tuesdays from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $4 per person.
Red Cross Learn to Swim Classes will also be offered at the Brookshire Pool this summer, with different levels available depending on the student’s age and skill level. Sessions will be Tuesday through Friday for two weeks and run for 45 minutes each day. The cost is $45 per child, with family rates available.
A recent change to the swim classes that began last year is that all potential students will have to participate in a pretest beforehand to determine their skill level.
“What we were finding is parents would tell us their child did or didn’t know how to swim, but then we’d stick them in a class and sometimes they weren’t really fitted for that class,” Ivy said.
Ivy said they would then try to move the student to another class at their skill level, “but a lot of the time that class would already be full.”
“So the actual, certified swim instructors are going to be at the pool, and are going to test the kids,” she said. “And then they’ll send (the results) over to us to register them for class.”
Pretesting and swim class sign-ups began Wednesday, May 22 and will continue on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Friday, May 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the pool, with additional testing dates to be announced later in the summer.
Ivy said the city has also begun taking reservations for private parties at Brookshire Pool, which must be made in person at the Kingsville Parks and Recreation office located at Dick Kleberg Park.
Pool rentals are priced at $40 per hour with a 4-hour maximum, plus $15 per hour for each lifeguard required as determined by the anticipated headcount. A deposit of $100 is required at the time of reservation, and any changes or cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance to qualify for a deposit refund.
Private party hours are available for Saturdays and Sundays from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Brookshire Pool is located at 1519 E. Kenedy Ave. in Kingsville, next to the Kingsville Skate Park and Harvey Elementary School. The pool will be open Tuesday through Friday through the summer, from May 31 to August 16.
For more information on summer activities at the Brookshire Pool, call the Kingsville Parks and Recreation office at (361) 221-8705.
Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at email@example.com or (361) 221-0251.