Easily Eugene’s most popular summer spot – Amazon Pool – opened on May 20 to the rhythmic sound of lap swimmers stroking their way across the water. It will be quite different a few weeks from now when Amazon opens for recreational swims and more than a thousand youngsters and their parents come to Amazon pool to splash, slide, jump and dive into the refreshing water.
Of course, Eugene’s other two pools are also very popular during the summer months, and offer the same variety of recreation swims, lap swimming, water fitness, and swim lessons all year long. But Amazon, with its water slide, two pools, kids zero-depth spray play feature and sand play area, a 5m diving platform, 3m diving board; and two 1m diving boards, has it all.
An oasis during the hot summer months, Amazon regularly generates more than 200,000 visits during its short, May-November season. And, once the weather is warm enough and pool opens for recreational swims on June 21, the Amazon website will quickly outpace even the City Library in the number of browser searches on the City’s website by eager fans looking for the schedule for Recreation swims, swim lessons, water fitness classes, lap swim times and more.
But in the meantime, the hearty lap swimmers, water polo players and life guards learning the ropes, have the pool all to themselves.