Outside pool opens for summer season – Fort Carson Mountaineer

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FORT CARSON, Colorado — A member of the Fort Carson family enters the pool after falling down the giant slide on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Walt Johnson)

By Walt Johnson

mountaineering staff

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Emily Saum, a member of the Fort Carson family, tosses her son a soccer ball in the outdoor pool on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Walt Johnson)

FORT CARSON, CO — The Water Sports Department of the Directorate of Family and Morals, Welfare and Recreation opened the Post outdoor pool on May 28, 2022, and families came to enjoy it.

The opening marks the unofficial start of summertime activities and celebrates the end of the school year for children. It also expands the range of outdoor activities available on Fort Carson.

As people arrived at the Olympic-size swimming pool, many welcomed the physical activity on a quiet holiday weekend. Activities like the annual Luau in July and Doggie Splash in September are expected to be among the many highlights of the season. According to representatives of the water sports center, the venue is also available for private parties during the season.

Maria Vasquez and her family decided to make the outdoor pool a part of their vacation plans. Vasquez is not an avid swimmer but would like her son to learn to swim and enjoy the aqua aerobics activities.

FORT CARSON, Colorado — Fort Carson Soldier Justin Banks dives into the 12-foot section of the outdoor pool on May 28, 2022.  (Photo by Walt Johnson)

FORT CARSON, Colorado — Fort Carson Soldier Justin Banks dives into the 12-foot section of the outdoor pool on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Walt Johnson)

“Andre (Vasquez) loves the idea of ​​getting to the pool this summer,” she said. “I have had him in a swimming pool since he was 1 year old and he loves to swim.”

Justin Banks, a soldier, is a former lifeguard who said he loves being in the water.

“My whole family is military, at least on the male side, so at first I wanted to excel at anything else in the family,” Banks said. “That’s why I originally wanted to be a (Navy) SEAL, but I liked the opportunities the Army offered me better, so I joined the Army,” Banks said.

Yvette Lopez, a Soldier serving as a temporary lifeguard this summer, oversaw lifeguards and pool safety on Saturday. She said she was pleased with the way people were enjoying themselves while at the same time observing all safety rules in place to ensure everyone was having a fun and safe time.