Scott County’s pools set to open for summer
Something glorious is set to happen this weekend in Scott County: public swimming pools are opening!
After being closed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both public pools in Scott County will open this Memorial Day weekend. The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area pool at Bandy Creek Campground will open Friday, May 28, and the Town of Huntsville Municipal Pool will open Saturday, May 29.
Standard admission at each pool is $3 per day. At Bandy Creek, children are admitted for $2 and children five and under are free. At Huntsville, season passes are available for $45 for individuals or $150 for a family of four.
The Bandy Creek pool will be limited to 100 guests at a time. Big South Fork NRRA Superintendent Niki S. Nicholas said that lifeguards will perform a count as they conduct hourly water tests, and if the count exceeds 100 guests, the gates will be closed for one hour.
Both pools are available to rent after-hours for parties. The Bandy Creek rental fee is $125 for two hours, and $50 for each additional hour. The Huntsville rental fee is $75 per hour, with a two-hour minimum.
The Bandy Creek pool — which is the only pool in America operated by the National Park Service — is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, as well as federal holidays — Memorial Day, 4th of July (observed as a federal holiday on Monday, July 5) and Labor Day. The pool hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Huntsville pool is open daily. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Sunday, when the pool is open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition, the splash pad at Oneida City Park will be opening this weekend. Admission is free, and the splash pad is open all day. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., except weekends, when the hours are 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.