Summer time recreation program greenlit, public swimming pools open in Tuolumne County | Information

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The Tuolumne County Recreation Department appears to have weathered its staffing shortage this year, announcing that its summer recreation program will officially run July 5 through August 11 at Sonora Elementary School — an opportunity once in doubt.

The department initially struggled not only to staff its programs but also to find a suitable venue for its summer retreat program. According to Eric Aitken, the county’s library and recreation manager, the department managed to secure an agreement with Sonora Elementary School in early June to host the program and has since recruited positions within the program.

“We still need more staff,” Aitken said in a June 12 email. “We are currently hiring and need more applicants.”

Aitken also said the department has been reluctant to start hiring summer-recreation positions, in part because they have had trouble finding a facility in the past, left their staff out of work for the summer, and didn’t want that to happen again happened.

The recreation division had originally targeted a June 13 start date, according to Aitken, with a buffer of a couple of weeks depending on the speed with which the division could fully staff the program.

The Recreation Division has also opened all of the county’s originally planned public pools, with the Columbia pool remaining closed until maintenance can take place. Tuolumne and Twain Harte pools are open at normal times (see box for details). The pool at Sonora High School will operate at reduced hours until July 9, when summer school programs will no longer be held, Aitken said earlier this month.

Finally, this week the department ran a small basketball clinic at Sonora High School hosted by Lloyd Longeway, Sonora High’s head men’s basketball coach. The clinic ended on Thursday.

Tuolumne County’s summer recreation program is for children ages 6 to 14 and includes arts and crafts, outdoor activities, sports, group games and special guests with activities tailored for each age group within the program.

The program runs Monday through Thursday and costs $105 for the 6 week session. Registration opened at 8:00 am on June 29, with registration being on a first come, first served basis and with limited space. Interested parties can register at www.tcrecreation.com.

Pool Fees: Free for children under 3 years old; $2 for children 3-17; $3 for adults 18-61; $2 for adults 62 and older; $8 family plan; $5 for water fitness.

Sonoran pool (shortened opening hours until July 8th)

Location: Sonora High School, 430 N. Washington St., Sonora

Open swimming: Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm; Sundays from 2pm to 5.30pm

Lap swimming: Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Family Night: Sundays 6pm-9pm

Swimming team: Monday to Tuesday 4pm to 5pm; 4pm-5pm Thursday-Friday

Aquafitness: Monday to Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Sonoran pool (July 9th – August 14th)

Open swimming: Monday to Friday 1pm to 4pm; 1pm-5:30pm on Sundays

Lap Swim: 11am-1pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm Monday-Thursday; 12-1pm on Fridays

Family Night: Sundays 6pm-9pm

Swimming Team: Monday to Thursday 10-11am

Aquafitness: Monday to Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Location: Main Street 18640, Tuolumne

Open swimming: Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Lap swimming: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-10am; 8-10 a.m. Fridays

Family Evening: Friday 7pm-10pm; Saturdays 6pm-9pm

Water polo: Monday to Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Aquafitness: 8am-9am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location: 23075 Fuller Road, Twain Harte

Open swimming: Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Lap Swim: 8-9:30am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Family Evening: Friday 7:30pm-10:00pm; Saturdays 6pm-9pm

Aquafitness: Mondays and Wednesdays 8-9 a.m

The Columbia Swimming Pool will remain closed this summer for necessary repairs.