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Pool season approaches Victoria

By Melissa Crowe
May 11, 2014 at 12:11 a.m.
Updated May 12, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.

Melinda Pena, 46, of Victoria, and her friend Yvonne Gallegos, 45, of Bloomington, shop for swimsuits and clothes at J.C. Penney for the upcoming summer season.

Final exams and swimsuit fashion are reminding Victoria residents that summer - and pool season - are just around the corner.

Hangers in hand, Melinda Pena, 46, of Victoria, and her friend Yvonne Gallegos, 45, of Bloomington, scoured the racks at J.C. Penney on Friday looking for swimsuits for themselves and their grandchildren.

Pena lives just across the street from the municipal pool, and said her family will spend the entire summer, every day, at the pool.

"It's about making memories and doing things together as a family," Pena said.

With school letting out June 6 and the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool slated to open June 11, parks officials are gearing up for another wet and wild summer.

Parks and Recreation Director Colby Van Gundy said there is a solid hiring pool for lifeguards, but anyone interested in a summer job is encouraged to apply at the city.

Admission to the pool is $1.50, and the season is expected to run through Aug. 10.

The Victoria City Council recently approved a partnership with YMCA of the Golden Crescent for a new pool.

The new pool could be open by 2015, but so far, there is not a solid time frame for construction.

Stacey Perez, 25, of Victoria, and her daughter, Sophia Ortiz, 3, are already taking advantage of the warmer weather with the pool in their backyard and are looking forward to the new facility.

When Perez was a child, she and her family would spend their summers at the 1978-era public pool on North Ben Wilson Street.

"If we weren't there, we were in Port Lavaca at the beach," she said.



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