For municipal pools in the Valley, go north

Youngsters enjoy a slide at the Waitsburg Swimming Pool. Several town north of Walla Walla, which currently has no full-size pool, offer publicly owned facilities to cool off and get some exercise over the summer.

Youngsters enjoy a slide at the Waitsburg Swimming Pool. Several town north of Walla Walla, which currently has no full-size pool, offer publicly owned facilities to cool off and get some exercise over the summer. Photo by Ken Graham.

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— For the dog days of summer, those fortunate enough to live in one of the small towns north of Walla Walla have municipal pools as a favorite way to beat the heat.

Dayton, Waitsburg and Prescott all have public pools located in the middle of town — walking distance for most kids and adults.

Best of all, the three pools are open to everyone. Walla Walla area residents who, for now, don’t have an outdoor public pool of their own, are welcome to make the drive north to enjoy the small-town municipal pools.

All have deep ends for diving and are long enough for lap swims.

Lifeguards are always present and changing rooms are available. The pools are open summer months only.

The Dayton and Waitsburg pools are owned and operated by their respective cities. Dayton’s was built in the early 1980s and Waitsburg’s was built in the 1950s.

The Prescott pool, also built in the ’50s, is owned and run by the Prescott Joint Parks and Recreation District.

Walla Walla’s Memorial Pool, built in the ’50s and rebuilt in 1972, was closed in 2006. City voters on Aug. 7 are being asked to approve an $8.8 million aquatic center, featuring a splash pool, wave pool, water slides and other features.

Two previous local taxing measures to build new pools in Walla Walla have failed.

Ken Graham can be reached at 509-540-2752 or kengraham@wwub.com

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