PARK VIEW — Wrapped in a towel, with his teeth chattering, an 8-year-old gave a strong review of the new water slides at the Scott County Park pool.
“The straight one was so fast and the curved one was long,” Carter Valliere, of Park View, said. “They were both super awesome.”
The slides — one spirals and one is a straight speed slide — open today. Carter was among a handful of children who got preview runs following a ribbon-cutting for the canopy-topped slides, part of a $1.5 million, five-phase upgrade for the Scott County Park pool.
The ribbon-cutting came amid rain drops on a cool day that brought steam off the now-heated pool water. Carter and company landed in 74-degree water.
The pool received infrastructure improvements as the first phase of improvements. The slides are the second phase, followed by construction of a spray pad area later this fall. Other facility improvements are still to come.
“It has gone from being a swimming pool to an aquatic center,” Roger Kean, executive director of the conservation board, said.
The conservation board took a long look at the pool, facing two options: closing the pool or improving it. The board chose to make improvements over several years.
Jim Hancock, chairman of the Scott County Board, is impressed with the improvements, knowing what the pool’s problems were.
“Three and a half years ago, I would’ve given you a 50-50 chance that this pool would’ve been here today,” he said. “We’ve gone from oldest technology in the world to the newest technology.”
After making the unseen infrastructure improvements in the first phase, pool visitors will now see the pool’s improvements.
“This is starting the fun part,” conservation board Chairman Rich Mohr said. “We did the nuts and the bolts, and now we can see the fun stuff.
“We think it is going to be a great asset to Scott County Park. There is a lot of things to offer the people of Scott County.”
The water slides make Scott County Park even more of a destination as gas prices keep climbing. The park gets about half-million visitors a year.
“That is what we hope is that more people will be staying close to home,” Kean said, “but we are always full.”
Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center
2828 Eastern Ave.
Hours: Open June 5-Aug. 17. 12:30-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours vary early and late in the season, so call ahead.
622 S. Concord St.
Hours: Open June 7-Aug. 10. Closed on Monday. Open 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Fejervary Family Aquatic Center
1800 W. 12th St.
Hours: Open May 31-Aug. 17. 12:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
DeWitt Swimming Pool
1000 14th St.
Hours: Opens Memorial Day Weekend. 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Monday May 31-June 1 1-7 p.m. Opens for regular season June 3-Labor Day
East Moline Municipal Swimming Pool
4011 Archer Drive
Hours: Recreational Swimming Sundays Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class swimming Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings $3
Riverside Riverslide and Pool
3300 5th St.
Hours: Open June 2-Aug. 17. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Riverview Park Swimming Pool
101 S. 1st St.
Hours: Opens May 24-26 1-7:30 p.m. Regular season opens May 31-Aug. 17
Scott County Park Pool
19251 290th St., Long Grove
Hours: Open Saturday, May 24-Monday, May 26. Closed May 27-May 30. Opens for regular season Saturday, May 31. Hours: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekdays, noon to 8 p.m.
West Lake Park Beach
14910 110th Ave., Davenport
Hours: Open Saturday, May 24-May 26. Closed weekdays until Saturday, June 7, when beach will be open daily for the season. Hours: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Hours: Opens May 26. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Night swim, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed 4:30 p.m. June 28 for Kids Triathlon. Closed 5 p.m. July 4 (Lap swim will take place at 5:15 p.m.). Night swim closed July 18 for Teen Night. Closed Aug. 11-15. Tentative Reopening Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 23-24.
Whitewater Junction Family Aquatic Center
17th Street and 18th Avenue (1601 Longview Drive)
Hours: Open Swim, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lap Lane and Water Fitness Lane, 5-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Drop slides closed 5-6 p.m. Monday-Friday Lap Swim, 5-6 p.m. Monday-Friday lap lanes will be shared with swim lessons and aqua joggers. School session hours, May 27-May 30 and Aug. 18-Sept. 1, Monday-Friday, 3:30-8 p.m.